The young woman who accuses Dani Alves of sexual assault confirmed in court that the footballer raped her in a bathroom at the Sutton nightclub in Barcelona and expressed her fear that they would not believe her, a version that was also supported by her two friends.
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The victim, whose identity is being kept confidential, was the first to testify before the Barcelona Court and did so for more than an hour and behind closed doors. This measure was made to avoid visual confrontation between her and Alves.
In his statement, legal sources explained, he maintained his version of the events: that Alves sexually assaulted her, with violence and a contemptuous attitude, after forcing her to enter with him into the narrow bathroom in the private room of the Sutton nightclub.
Dani Alves is tried in Spain for sexual abuse. (EFE)
And she also reiterated, as she already did in the investigation, her initial reluctance to file a complaint against the footballer, convinced that no one was going to “believe” her.
The version of the victim, who according to sources maintained her composure during the interrogation despite sometimes not being able to avoid crying, was corroborated by the two young women who accompanied her at the Sutton on the night of December 30, 2022, who testified also between tears.
The witnesses, a friend and a cousin of the victim, detailed that, since the presentations, Alves touched them with a “slobbery” attitude until making them feel “uncomfortable”, although they did not imagine that this could lead to rape.
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According to both witnesses, the three girls agreed to enter the booth where Alves was with a friend after he twice invited them, through a waiter, to have a drink with them in that VIP area of the nightclub. Sutton, which has a small private bathroom.
Dani Alves' wife will testify this afternoon in the trial against her husband. (Photo: @danialves/Instagram)
Both indicated that they saw the soccer player enter through the door that led to the bathroom – they did not know what was there – that his friend did so moments later and that after a quarter of an hour Alves came out and, two minutes later, the victim, with “bad face” and asking his companions to go home.
According to her friends, the young woman was crying “heartbroken” and said that the soccer player had done her “a lot of harm,” but initially she was reluctant to report him while repeating: “I just want to go home, they're not going to believe me.”
The days after the events, they added, the young woman remained in 'shock', still not wanting to report, and currently she continues to suffer anxiety, she barely leaves her house, she feels watched and has lost the “joy” that characterized her, since She becomes obsessive “with everything.”
Alves' lawyer directed her interrogation to discredit the testimony of the two friends, whom she asked if the accused and the young woman were dancing “very close” before entering the bathroom, if they smiled at each other and if their attitude was flirtatious.
Inés Guardiola, Dani Alves' lawyer, requested that the footballer testify on Wednesday, on the last day of the trial. (REUTERS/Albert Gea)By: REUTERS
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“I didn't know what was behind that door, I thought there would be another VIP area.” “He locked me in a bathroom and raped me.” “I resisted, but he was much stronger than me.” “Several times I asked him to stop.” and he let me out.” “He forced me to say that I was his 'little whore.'” “He grabbed my head forcefully with the intention of making me perform fellatio on him, but I managed to avoid it.”
The waiters deny that Alves was drunk
After the women's testimony, a waiter who served Alves and the three young women in the booth where they were found testified, who reiterated before the court that the footballer's friend asked him, with a simple “gesture”, to invite them to have a few drinks, an offer that they first rejected, only to end up accepting later.
Both this and another of the waiters who served Alves, a regular customer of Sutton's booths, denied that the footballer behaved as if he were under the influence of alcohol, a circumstance that his defense uses to benefit from a mitigating circumstance that would allow him to reduce his eventual conviction.
The Sutton nightclub in Barcelona, where Dani Alves would have sexually abused a woman.
For his part, the doorman of the nightclub testified that the victim told him that she had had a problem “with someone important” and explained that Alves, upon leaving the premises, passed at a very short distance from the victim and her two friends, looking at them. front, without greeting them.
The trial of the former Barcelona player will continue this Tuesday afternoon with the testimony of around twenty witnesses, including the footballer's wife, the model Joana Sanz, nightclub staff and the mossos d'esquadra who investigated the case.