Alexander Zverev bluntly shuts down ex-girlfriend's assault allegations

Zverev was issued a penalty order for bodily harm against his ex-girlfriend.

by Dzevad Mesic
Alexander Zverev bluntly shuts down ex-girlfriend's assault allegations
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Alexander Zverev has confirmed that he is appealing the penalty order from a Berlin court as the German tennis star suggests his ex-girlfriend's accusations are just money-driven. This week, German media reported that the public prosecutor's office in Berlin issued Zverev a penalty order for bodily harm against his ex-girlfriend and mother of his child, Brenda Patea.

Also, the court ordered Zverev to pay a €450k fine. Shortly after the court announced its ruling, Zverev's lawyers announced they would contest the decision and take the case to a trial. Zverev, who is competing at this week's Paris Masters, addressed the issue at Bercy. “I think it’s complete (expletive).

Anybody that has a semi-standard IQ level knows what this is all about," Zverev said, via Stuart Fraser of The Times.

Zverev was issued a penalty order over the alleged abuse of his ex-girlfriend

In her complaint, Patea accused Zverev of bodily harming during an incident in 2020 May.

The court ruled in Patea's favor, issuing Zverev a fine of 90 daily rates of €5k. "The defendant is accused of physically abusing a woman and damaging her health as part of an argument in Berlin in May 2020," the court said in a statement.

Addressing the ruling, Zverev's lawyers said that "there can be no question of a fair, constitutional procedure. Mr. Zverev will take every possible action against this. Mr Zverev rejects the accusation made against him. The allegations made by the complainant alone on which the penalty order is based have already been confirmed by a forensic medical report from the recognized Berlin forensic doctor Prof.

Dr. Tsokos, Charité Berlin, refuted." After Patea initially made the allegations, Zverev said he was "completely rejecting them." "I completely reject the allegations. My lawyers are taking care of the matter. I won’t say anything more about it," Zverev said earlier this year.

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