March 14th, 2011
Sirius Bizniz: Marseille’s Brandão Accused of Rape
We live in dangerous times, Kickettes. In today’s world, snark plus sirius bizniz can be a minefield. Our infamous office might be packed with women experienced in the arts of explosive management and/or removing stubborn mudstains from cotton mix, but even we know that when bad news breaks, waiting until the full story/truth/both sides are revealed is the only way to avoid the backspray.
Today, we aim to test this theory to it’s limits by examining the unhappy case of Olympique de Marseille footballer, Brandão (full name Evaeverson Lemos da Silva), and his recent indictment.
Last Tuesday, the 30-year-old Brazilian player was arrested at his home after a 23-year-old female accused him of having ‘raped her in his car’ at a motorway rest stop some days prior. According to conflicting reports, the pair either spent the entire evening of 2nd March together at a night club in Aix-en-Provence before departing in tandem or Brandão was merely being a good Samaritan by offering to give the stranded stranger a lift home.
Events since then have been hectic, to say the least.
So we can help us sort fact from fiction for you, humour us by reading our surprisingly user-friendly bulleted list story synopsis thing. At least one element of this post is consistent.
Weekend of 4 – 6 March
- Although the alleged victim claimed that the incident in question occurred on 2 March, she hesitated on undergoing a medical examination for a few days. She explained to investigators that she didn’t think her version of events would be taken seriously, and therefore, was wary of coming forward.
Tuesday, 8 March
Wednesday, 9 March
- Well, whatever was discussed during routine probing was apparently enough to extend the Brazilian striker’s stay with authorities for a second day. An investigating judge eventually filed preliminary charges of rape against him before B. was released on bail. Under judicial supervision. Whatever that means.
- How’s a guy supposed to find a way home after barely seeing the light of day for 48 hours? By way of OM’s Sporting Director in a luxury SUV, that’s how.
- Piggybacking off the player’s release from custody, his lawyer (at left) disputed the girl’s claims by telling Reuters that yes, the two had sex, but “not in the conditions she describes…To him, this intercourse had nothing abnormal because she agreed to it.”
Thursday, 10 March
- Onto to Thursday, which proved to be a busier day than usual.
- First, murmurs and false reports about the alleged victim supposedly withdrawing her complaint surfaced - something the woman’s lawyer, Olivier Grimaldi, adamantly denied to AFP: “She was shocked to hear that she had withdrawn her accusation”.
- Grimaldi then revealed a relatively new piece of this perplexing puzzle: “She lodged a civil action this morning. She considers herself to be the victim of rape.” Her action was a “way of assuming her capacity as a victim judicially”.
- Two words of caution: all of the charges B. faces are, to-date, pending until further legal notice. The prosecution must now assemble a dossier of evidence to present to the presiding justice. From there, he/she will have three months to rule on which type of criminal complaint B. will face during a jury trial (for sexual assault or rape – the latter carries a punishment of up to 15 years in prison). Either way, this case is currently on track to see the inside of a French courtroom in the distant future.
- Elsewhere, reactions from his squad’s manager and higher-up decision makers were abound. Olympique Marseille club president, Jean-Claude Dassier, was especially critical of the player’s unprofessional behaviour: “What shocks me especially is that it was five or six o’clock in the morning of March 2, four days before Lille v Marseille and a training day…”.
Image: AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, 23rd of February.
- Shall we pause to recall how Marseille lost 2-1 at home to Ligue 1 leaders Lille on 6th March?
- At some point during this confusing timeline, the footballer had a face-to-face sitdown with the Marseille’s head honchos, including J-C.D., where B. requested a week reprieve from his professional duties in order to spend time with his family in Brazil.
Friday 11 March
- If you’ve been keeping up with this story then you won’t be shocked to hear that the player’s request to seek solace in his home country was granted.
- As for the rest of you…are the words “flight risk” suddenly flashing in front of your eyes? We can’t quite grasp how the court officially lodged charges against the footballer, placed him under judicial watch, yet failed to confiscate his passport.
- Deep breaths, peeps. We’re almost over.
- During an exclusive interview with OM.net, the club’s presz discussed Marseille’s zero tolerance policy for “these excesses and abuses” – among other things (behavior/financial sanctions, how senior management plans to balance the situ with“necessary firmness but also of solidarity because the accused is a member of the OM family”).
Saturday, 12 March – Today
- Taking J-C.D.’s words to heart, Marseille’s Brazilian deputy goalkeeper Elinton Andrade saved a spot on the bench for his absent team-mate as a show of ‘solidarity’ during the Rennes vs Marseille match.
Image: FRANK PERRY/AFP/Getty Images.
- Although he was publicly accused and charged of the crime (but a long way from being convicted guilty), B. declared his innocence today during a conversation with Brazilian newspaper Jornal da Tarde. He also spoke of his plans to return to OM, something many are betting against.
Whew! Kickettes, if you made it this far, surely you have something to say on the touchy matter?