Police probe rape claim against Grenoble players

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 23:00
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NEWS: French police are investigating a claim of rape made by a young woman against players from Top 14 club Grenoble, prosecutors in Bordeaux told AFP on Monday.

NEWS: French police are investigating a claim of rape made by a young woman against players from Top 14 club Grenoble, prosecutors in Bordeaux told AFP on Monday.

"The public prosecutor's office was informed yesterday [Sunday] of a complaint filed by a young woman denouncing acts of rape, an investigation began immediately," the prosecutor said.

"But no one has been taken into police custody so far in this case," the same source added.

According to radio station France Bleu Gironde, the alleged victim told police she met several Grenoble players in a nightclub on Saturday night after the club's Top 14 defeat in Bordeaux.

She claimed that some of them drugged her and then "forced her to go to a hotel where she was raped," the radio station reported.

The investigation will have to establish the course of events, a source close to the case said.

Grenoble club President Eric Pilaud told AFP that "if the case is confirmed, it's serious".

He added that he "felt sick" at the idea that a rape had taken place.

In a statement the club said "it had total confidence in the legal system, while at the same time respecting the concept of presumption of innocence."

It added that it would not be making any further comment until the investigation was concluded as it "did not want to interfere" with the inquiry.

Agence France-Presse