“The boys gave their version and the prosecutor took note of it. For them, the girl was consenting”. Thus Leonardo Cammarata, lawyer of the Livorno players Mattia Lucarelli and Federico Apolloni, at the end of their guarantee interrogations before the investigating magistrate on Tuesday morning at the Court of Milan. The two, both 23, have been under house arrest since Friday on charges of gang rape against a 22-year-old American in Milan to study at university. The request for revocation of the precautionary measure presented by the defense was rejected by the magistrate: the two sportsmen remain under house arrest.
Lucarelli and Apolloni’s lawyer: “The girl was consenting”
“The famous video that would exonerate the boys is among the objects of the investigation that the prosecutor intends to conduct”, continued the lawyer, referring to an alleged video that would have been deleted and which, if recovered, would prove the innocence of the players. “The boys – added Cammarata – argued that the evening had a goliardic atmosphere and that the girl was consenting all the time. However, they said they regretted the offensive words used against the foreigner. In recent days both have received several death threats”. The defense of Lucarelli and Apolloni had requested the revocation of the precautionary measure of the house arrest. After the investigating judge has rejected it, the players’ lawyer could appeal to the review court.
Student raped after the disco: in the videos the abuses of the football players Lucarelli and Apolloni
The story dates back to last March 27, when, according to what was reconstructed by the mobile team, coordinated by Marco Calì, the two footballers and three friends – currently under investigation – would have met the victim in the ‘Gattopardo’ club in Milan. At the end of the evening, then, they would have offered her a lift home, but then instead they would have taken her to an apartment in the center (which appears to belong to a friend of Lucarelli’s), to then rape her in a group, resuming the rape with the mobile phone.
With her complaint, the 22-year-old had started the investigation, which in recent weeks had led to searches and findings. At the end of the investigation, the prosecutor’s pool of vulnerable groups – led by the deputy Letizia Mannella and the prosecutor Alessia Menegazzo – had asked for Lucarelli and Apolloni, who of the group of five would have been the most active in committing the violence, the precautionary custody order then issued by the Gip, Sara Cipolla. In the videos in the proceedings, the student is heard several times saying that she wants to go home and that she is engaged. In another video, then, one of the two players exclaims “if she calls the police she’ll fuck us all”..