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Athlete Wilfried Happio in custody after sexual assault complaint

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The 400m hurdles runner Wilfried Happio was placed in police custody this Tuesday, December 20 in the morning as part of a preliminary investigation opened in Paris after a complaint for sexual assault, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office, confirming information from ” the team”.

Wilfried Happio released from police custody ” at the end of the afternoon “, entrusted his lawyer, Me Anthony Mottais. “Wilfried Happio disputes all the accusations against him, he was relieved to finally be able to be heard”he assured.

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The Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed that his police custody had been lifted without prosecution at this stage. The file is returned to the prosecution who will assess the follow-up to be given.

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A complaint filed at the end of June

The Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation at the beginning of the summer following the complaint of sexual assault filed on June 30 by a 19-year-old athlete. It is led by police officers from the 12th arrondissement police station.

The complainant denounces repeated touching which allegedly took place at the National Institute for Sport, Expertise and Performance (Insep), the place where the two athletes trained, on the night of September 20, 2021, on their return from an evening organized by a common sponsor.

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Following an internal investigation by Insep, Wilfried Happio, 24, was not punished, his lawyer announced in early December.

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Vice-champion of Europe

The athlete himself had filed a complaint after being punched in the face on June 25 in Caen during the French Athletics Championships by the complainant’s brother.

Great hope of French athletics, Wilfried Happio shone on the track this summer by becoming European vice-champion in the 400m hurdles in August in Munich, after coming close to the medal at the World Championships in Eugene (Oregon) in July thanks to a dazzling chronometric progression.

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