Hope Solo reveals when former FIFA President Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her

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Published: 2017-11-11 12:43

Last Updated: 2017-11-11 14:06


FIFA’s Ballon d’Or awards ceremony in January 2013.
FIFA’s Ballon d’Or awards ceremony in January 2013.
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Women are continuously encouraged to share their stories of sexual abuse, which, in recent months, has led many famous women to come forward and accuse certain male public figures of sexually harassing them.

This time, the scandal involves Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s former President, who has been accused of sexually harassing Hope Solo, the USA women’s football team goalkeeper.

The incident took place at FIFA’s Ballon d’Or awards ceremony in January 2013.

Solo, 36, made the accusation during an interview with the Portuguese newspaper Expresso, stating that “Sepp Blatter grabbed my ass”. “It was at the Ballon d’Or, right before I went on stage.”

Solo said she had to compose herself immediately afterwards to concentrate on making her speech and giving the presentation to Wambach.

“I was in shock and completely thrown off.”

And when asked why she never brought it up before, Solo said that it is because she usually likes to take it up with the person directly, rather than going to the press.

On the other hand, Blatter dismissed the allegation, describing it as “ridiculous,” while denying the incident ever taking place, according to the Guardian.

Solo’s accusation came after women shared their own stories of sexual harassment on social media, using the viral hashtag #MeToo, last October.

Dozens of prominent figures are now facing sexual harassment allegations, including former President George H.W. Bush, Louis C.K. and Kevin Spacey.

Last month, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women. He was fired from his company, and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is currently seeking an indictment against him, according to CNBC News.