Jenni Hermoso has reiterated to a Spanish court that she did not consent to being kissed on the lips by Luis Rubiales and says “all is in the hands of justice”, as the judge will now determine whether or not Rubiales should face trial for alleged sexual assault and coercion.
World Cup-winning Spain forward Hermoso testified in a behind-closed-doors court session in Madrid on Monday morning, giving evidence regarding the incident that occurred on August 20 in Sydney in the aftermath of Spain’s 1-0 victory over England.
Former Spanish football federation (RFEF) president Rubiales, who has been banned from going within 200 metres of Hermoso, has repeatedly denied that the kiss was not consensual, and denies the allegations of sexual assault and coercion.
After leaving the court, wearing a grey coat, Hermoso told reporters: “All is in the hands of justice, that’s all I can say.” She then added “I’m fine”, when asked how she was.”
Earlier, upon her arrival at the start of the morning’s proceedings, she had made no comment but did give a short wave to onlookers before entering the court.
Hermoso is understood to have given testimony for more than two hours. According to multiple reports in the Spanish media, she told the judge the kiss was “at no time consensual”, repeating the claims she has previously made.
In October, a video of testimony given by Hermoso to prosecutors was leaked to Spanish television, and in the leaked footage she said, when discussing the moments in the immediate aftermath of the kiss: “I wanted to start crying in the corner [of the dressing room]. Clearly I felt disrespected.”
Later in October, Rubiales was handed a three-year ban from all football by world governing body Fifa.
Tuesday’s court session came in a busy week for Hermoso, 33, who signed for a new club on Monday.
The former Barcelona star spent the past 18 months with Mexican side Pachuca but has now joined Mexican Liga MX Femenil champions Tigres Femenil after leaving their rivals.
“Nothing makes me more excited than announcing that I will be part of this incredible club,” Hermoso said of her move to Tigres, who have won a record five domestic women’s titles.