Judoka Alan Schmidt, accused of domestic violence by Margo Pino, acquitted on appeal

JUSTICE – Judo coach Alain Schmidt was released again on Friday, 10 June by the Paris Court of Appeal for acts of domestic violence against his former judoka partner, Olympic champion Margo Pinault.

The two players had been tearing each other apart for six months on the benches and through the media about a violent quarrel that took place in November 2021 at Blanc-Mesnil (Seine-Saint-Denis), which the technician had already done. Released in April by the Bobigny Criminal Court.

The 28-year-old judoka claims to have received several blows to the face by Alan Schmidt, which her former companion, 38, has always denied. The first version of Alain Schmitt sparked indignation in French judo and seemed the beginning of a media battle between athletes.

Violent argument between spouses

During the two trials, the first in Bobigny in December, and the second in Paris in April, the two players did not change their line of defense, giving contradictory accounts of the events that took place in the judoka’s house.

Alain Schmidt and Margo Pinault have had a love affair between the coach and athlete of the Étoile Sportive du Blanc-Mesnil club, linked on tatami, since 2017.

In order to escape, in his words, from this “destructive fusion” relationship, in the words of the prosecutor, Alan Schmidt accepted the position of coach of the Israeli women’s national team. The night of the facts, he must get on the plane to leave for this new life.

After an evening with friends, the former member of Team France heads out around two in the morning to Margaux Pinot’s house. In this intimate camera, the couple says, insulting each other.

He describes an angry and jealous woman who threw herself at him and then fight like a “hurricane”, based on judo. According to their version, the duo violently bumps into walls and objects in the apartment. He denies that he dealt the slightest blow to his comrade.

Margaux Pinot’s swollen face caused a scandal

The scene was quite different, according to Margo Pino, who recounts a surge in violence from her then coach, her hair blistered, a barrage of blows and an attempted choke. Several bruises were noted in the following days on two champions.

The player posted pictures of her swollen face on social media, which caused a scandal and pushed her into the image of an iconic victim of unpunished domestic violence.

After this case, Alan Schmidt was unable to complete his project in Israel. However, he recovered: now he trains Bulgarian judo teams.

As for Margo Pinot, she won a bronze medal at the European Judo Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria at the end of April.

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