Former Spanish Football Federation President, Luis Rubiales has been ordered to appear in court on Friday in connection with the investigation into his forcible kissing of Jenni Hermoso’s lips after the Women’s World Cup final.
Rubiales was summoned to appear before an examining magistrate “to be heard as an accused” and to respond to accusations of “sexual assault”, a Madrid court said in a statement today, September 12.
The 46-year-old kissed Hermoso following Spain’s triumph in Sydney on August 20, which she said was not consensual, while Rubiales insists it was.
Judge Francisco de Jorge of the National Court admitted a complaint against Rubiales on Monday, filed by Spanish prosecutors last week regarding alleged “crimes of sexual assault and “coercion.”
Under a recent reform of the Spanish penal code, a non-consensual kiss can be considered sexual assault, a criminal category that groups together all types of sexual violence.
The penalties for a forced kissing can range from a fine to four years in prison, according to sources from the public prosecutors’ office.
Rubiales stepped down as the Spanish football federation’s president on Sunday but continued to defend himself over the kiss.