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Former rugby player Steffon Armitage has been found guilty of sexual violence in France

Former rugby international Steffon Armitage from England is found guilty of sexual violence after touching a woman outside a bar in France, as teammates told her: & # 39; she must be grateful & # 39;

  • Steffon Armitage, 34, admitted that she grabbed the woman's breasts in the city of Pau
  • He was sentenced to six months' imprisonment and sentenced to pay € 5,000
  • His lawyer said he had drunk heavily after being dropped for a competition

Former rugby player Steffon Armitage from England was found guilty of sexual violence and sentenced to jail for groping a woman outside a bar in France.

The 34-year-old admitted that he grabbed the woman's breasts at the end of 2018 during a drunken night out in the city of Pau, in southwestern France, where he was then playing.

Carole Sesma, a victim's lawyer, said her client was still shocked by the attack and disgusted about being treated as a sexual object.

& # 39; There were comments from other rugby players who said they should be happy to be touched by a famous person, & # 39; Sesma told reporters. & # 39; It is unacceptable to hear that in the 21st century. & # 39;

Steffon Armitage, shown in action for England against New Zealand in 2010, has been found guilty of sexual abuse after groping a woman outside a bar in France

Steffon Armitage, shown in action for England against New Zealand in 2010, has been found guilty of sexual abuse after groping a woman outside a bar in France

The defense lawyer of Armitage said the attacker had drunk heavily after he had fallen by Pau the following day for a game against Gloucester.

He also said that Armitage was struggling to prepare for his life after rugby and his grandmother died.

A court in Pau gave Armitage a six-month suspended sentence and ordered him to pay the victim € 5,000 in damages.

Armitage played for England in 2009-2010 and made five appearances, but missed other opportunities to represent his country by continuing his career in France, where he played for Toulon and then Pau.

He was named European player of the year in 2014.

During his title-winning stint in Toulon, Armitage was investigated by the police and appeared in court about an attack in a restaurant in 2014 in which a 31-year-old man suffered eye damage.

The prosecution was withdrawn in June this year for lack of evidence.

Armitage's contract with Pau expired at the end of last season and he has signed to play for San Diego in the American Major League Rugby.

Under French law, suspended prison sentences are not imposed by offenders unless they commit another crime within five years of their conviction.

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