Handball player Benoît Kounkoud placed in police custody for attempted rape

Benoît Kounkoud was arrested Tuesday in a state of drunkenness. A young woman accuses him of having tried to rape her in a nightclub in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.



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French handball player Benoît Kounkoud, January 14, 2024. (EIBNER-PRESSEFOTO/MARCEL VON FEHRN / VIA MAXPPP)

Handball player Benoît Kounkoud, freshly European champion with the French team, was taken into police custody during the night from Monday to Tuesday for attempted rape in a nightclub in the eighth arrondissement of Paris, franceinfo learned on Wednesday January 31 from a source close to the file, confirming information from Valeurs Actuelles.

The champion was arrested around 4 a.m. Tuesday, in a state of drunkenness. The open investigation is entrusted to the first district of the Parisian judicial police, according to a source close to the file. Contacted Wednesday morning by franceinfo, the Paris prosecutor’s office specifies that a 20-year-old woman accuses him of “attempted rape”during an evening “alcoholic” in a nightclub in the 8th arrondissement.

The FFHandball “pays attention to the follow-up that will be given”

In a press release on Wednesday, the French Handball Federation (FFH) said it had “we acknowledged” of this custody and “remain attentive to the follow-up that will be given by the judicial authorities”. “The FFHandball reaffirms its determination to fight against all forms of violence and intends to reiterate that it severely condemns such facts, when they are established and regardless of the person involved,” continues the federation.

After their victory against Denmark on Sunday in Cologne (Germany), the French handball players returned to France on Monday and were received by Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée for a ceremony during which the president praised the “lesson in sporting and mental commitment” of Guillaume Gille’s men.

Former Paris Saint-Germain player, and aged 26, Benoît Kounkoud now plays for the Polish club Kielce. During the Euro handball in Cologne (Germany), the right winger came in as reinforcement due to uncertainties about the physical state of Yanis Lenne at the start of the competition.

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