Margaux Pinot: 'I thought I was dead,' says French judoka as partner released over domestic violence accusations

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(CNN)Margaux Pinot, a judoka with the French nationalist team, plans to entreaty a determination by a Paris tribunal to not prosecute a condemnation against her partner, whom she accuses of home abuse, her lawyer Rachid Madid told CNN connected Friday.

Pinot, an Olympic champion, made headlines successful France this week aft she posted pictures of her bruised look connected societal media.

She held a property league accusing her spouse and judo manager Alain Schmitt of attacking her.

    Pinot was bewildered a Bobigny tribunal didn't let the lawsuit to proceed against him.

      "I thought I was dead, I managed to flight to instrumentality refuge with my neighbors who instantly called the police. I person respective injuries including a breached chemoreceptor and 10 days of Temporary Interruption from Work," wrote Pinot successful a tweet.

      Schmitt,​ who has been grooming Pinot for 4 years, told BFMTV that they person been "in a precise analyzable relationship" for 2 years.

      "A batch of radical cognize astir it ... It is hard to find erstwhile we are oregon erstwhile we are not together, it breaks truthful often, it comes back," helium added.

      Speaking to CNN connected Friday, Madid said helium ​was "shocked" by the court's decision.

      "I americium stunned by the determination that was handed down astatine archetypal lawsuit since, successful a way, the grounds was gathered to pb to a conviction," added Madid.

      Schmitt appeared connected CNN affiliate BFMTV connected Friday with bruises connected his face, refuting the allegations made by Pinot and accused her of lying.

      Alain Schmitt speaks to the property   earlier this week.

      "There was not 1 punch, not 1 kick," helium said. "She says she did not enactment her hands connected me, that means that I was punching her and that she did not enactment her hands connected me, are you serious?"

      However, successful Pinot's property conference, she said she did not adjacent effort to support herself and tried to calm him down.

      "I tried to halt him, I said, 'Alain, stop, stop.' I did not adjacent support myself, I tried to calm him down, to halt him."

      Pinot's lawyer Madid said that successful court, Schmitt had "skillfully" insisted connected points "more related to the property of the complainant, my client, than connected the conditions successful which their communicative played out."

      Madid added ​he planned to refocus the statement successful tribunal erstwhile an entreaty is heard successful the coming months.

      Malik Behloul, Schmitt's lawyer, commenting connected BFMTV this week, said that it was not imaginable "to archer who deed who​m, (and) ​the uncertainty is to the vantage of the accused and truthful helium indispensable beryllium released."

      CNN could not scope Behloul for comment.

      The tribunal of Bobigny released Schmitt based connected the deficiency of capable evidence, according to BFMTV.

      Pinot held a property   league  successful  Paris connected  Thursday

      The authoritative of Bobigny, Eric Mathais, told CNN that the nationalist prosecution was besides appealing the court's determination arsenic is allowed successful the French ineligible system.

      "The defence supported the acquittal, the prosecution requested a conviction, the tribunal ruled successful favour of the defense, we are appealing," Mathias wrote successful a tweet.

      On societal media, supporters of Pinot expressed "sadness" and "anger" implicit the determination to merchandise Schmitt.

      Violence against women successful France has risen to the fore successful nationalist debates successful caller year​s, with overmuch media attraction focused connected the dozens of women killed by their partners each year. ​

      In 2020, information forces reported 159,400 victims of home unit committed by partners (or erstwhile partners), according to the country's interior ministry, an yearly summation of 10% that includes 139,200 women.

        "What is the worthy of their slanderous defence against my wounds, the humor scattered connected the level of my apartment? What was left? For maine to dice maybe?", wrote Pinot successful different tweet.

        "It was astir apt judo that saved me. My thoughts are with the women who could not talk up."

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