Ex-Inter says he was joking in video suggesting abuse

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Former Inter base player Matheus Monteiro testified to the RS Civil Police this afternoon (1st). He was called in to provide clarification on a video in which he appears saying that he drugged a woman at a party and later suggested that a crime of abuse had occurred. According to police officer Jeiselaure Rocha de Souza, head of the Specialized Police Station for Women Services (Deam), the player claimed that he spoke to the camera in a joking tone.

“He denied that he actually did what he narrated in the video, said it was a joke, a party at another Matheus’ house [Melo, também atleta do Inter] and Luiz [Vinícius, também ex-jogador do Inter] recorded. I said that it didn’t happen “, explained the delegate to the Sports. “He said it was a joke, that he would never do that,” he added.

Jeiselaure explained to the report that Matheus was already accused of domestic violence. The records were made through a hotline by his current partner, who will also be heard.

She did not ask for protective measures at the time and also did not want to make a representation against the athlete. But the records were made.

“We have instituted a procedure. Now, with repercussions, if any woman felt victimized, look for the police station. We do not actually have a victim in this case or location where it occurred. Vinícius only recorded the video, he also said he does not know where it was. We need that if there is a victim, look for the police station and make a report “, said the delegate.

In addition to Matheus Monteiro, Luiz Vinícius was also heard today. Matheus Melo, the player who hosted the meeting where the video was recorded, will also be called to testify. The same goes for a fourth Inter athlete who was present at the time, Vinícius Balestra.

“We need to deepen the investigation, listen to all of them. It is important that, if there was this victim, that she present herself, so that we can investigate everything. In this case, we need to investigate, even if there was rape of the vulnerable, if he really did what says in the video. We need to deepen the investigation “, he explained.

In the morning, Internacional terminated the contracts of Matheus Monteiro and Luiz Vinícius.

Lawyer reinforces athlete’s thesis

The lawyer representing Matheus Monteiro and Luiz Vinícius, José Alex Fagundes, reinforces the thesis presented by the players. According to him, it was just a joke, a fictional story.

“There was no crime at all. What happened was a bad joke. They were gathered in an apartment between four boys [além de Matheus Monteiro e Luiz Vinícius estavam presentes Matheus Melo e Vinícius Balestra, também atletas da base do Inter]. They started making jokes and one made a joke based on a fictional story he saw somewhere. The other filmed it and posted it on Instagram. It instantly gave the repercussions it gave “, he told the UOL Sport.

“We know that the content is not pleasant and no one is in favor of abusing or placing a woman in a vulnerable situation. They are sorry and answerable for the acts. It already had the immediate consequence, which was the termination of the contracts with Inter. And the investigation follows The delegate goes after the evidence of crime, of an alleged victim, and not finding, without physical injury, the investigation will continue on its way “, he added.

Regarding the domestic violence charge, the lawyer compromised and said there was nothing more serious.

“There were domestic disagreements, but things of jealousy, natural in a young couple. They are in their 20s. Nothing too serious, that would take someone to a hospital, anything more serious. They were small raids, nothing more than that. , which happens between couples like that “, he said.

To Sports, delegate Jeiselaure Rocha de Souza also mentioned that there is an indication that Matheus Monteiro was involved with drugs. The lawyer says he is unaware of such a situation.

“I don’t know. I would have had access to this survey, but if there was, it would have been something very light. Because Internacional has a strict control in this sense of not letting players get involved with this. He was in full activity, training today even , when the contract was terminated, “he said.





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