Rafael Nadal said a month ago that he would sue Roselyne Bachelot after the French sports minister alleged the Spaniard was serving a doping suspension in 2012. Yesterday, Nadal backed up threat by filing suit against Bachelot in Paris.
In a statement Monday, Nadal said:
“I hereby make public the defamation law suit against Mrs. Roselyne Bachelot, that I have filed today April 25th 2016 before the Paris law courts.
“This legal proceeding was instigated after Miss Bachelot made offensive remarks last March on Le Grand 8, program of French channel D8.
“The lawyer in charge of the case is Maître Patrick Maisonneuve, lawyer at the Paris bar.
“Through this case, I intend not only to defend my integrity and my image as an athlete but also the values I have defended all my career. I also wish to avoid any public figure from making insulting or false allegations against an athlete using the media, without any evidence or foundation and to go unpunished.
“Should the tribunal consider there has been a wrong-doing and the sentence recognises the right to damages, any compensation will be paid back in full to an NGO or foundation in France.
“On the other hand, I ask for total respect regarding the legal procedure just started and would like to express my complete trust in the French justice system who will be judging the legal case.
“I will not be making any further statement about the case.”
As Nadal said, there will be no public updates from him on this case and any monetary award Nadal wins will go to charity.
Nadal reportedly also wants all his drug test results made public. “Please make all my information public. Please make public my biological passport, my complete history of anti-doping controls and tests,” Nadal wrote in a statement to the ITF obtained by the AP.
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