MMA fighter Emelianenko to be sentenced on May 19 for alleged sex assault
MOSCOW, May 15 (RAPSI) – Moscow’s Simonovsky District Court on May 19 will hand down sentence for MMA fighter Alexander Emelianenko who stands accused of sexual assault and faces five years in jail, RAPSI learnt in the court on Friday.
According to investigators, Emelianenko assaulted and raped 27-year-old Polina Stepanova, his housekeeper, on the night of March 2, 2014, and then seized her passport. The trial is being held behind closed doors.
Emelianenko has pleaded not guilty and claims that sex with the girl was consensual.
Alexander Emelianenko is a Russian mixed martial arts fighter who has represented the country at many international championships. He ranked as the No.73 heavyweight in the world in 2013. His younger brother Fedor Emelianenko is believed to be the greatest mixed martial arts fighter in history.
Unlike his brother, Alexander is often implicated in scandals, usually as a result of alleged heavy drinking. Earlier, he was charged with assaulting a retired person at a Moscow café. The criminal case against Emelianenko was dropped after a settlement had been reached.