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Former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich fined for assaulting sex worker

Jan Ullrich 1997 Tour de France
Joseph Delves
29 Aug 2019

Frankfurt court convicts Ullrich in relation to incident in hotel last year

Jan Ullrich has received a fine of €7,200 for causing bodily harm and attempted coercion. The former professional cyclist had been accused of attacking a sex worker in a Frankfurt hotel last August. More serious charges of attempted manslaughter and grievous bodily harm were dropped in the course of the investigation at the request of the woman involved.

Ullrich was reported by the court as being under the influence of alcohol and drugs at the time. The dispute over money ended with Ullrich grabbing the 31-year-old woman by the neck and slamming her against the wall before punching her in the arm.

The woman suffered bruising and damage to her shoulder. She was reported as not being interested in pursuing further prosecution after Ullrich apologised and paid compensation.

Recent years have seen the 45-year-old German cyclist repeatedly in trouble with the police. In 2018 he was arrested in Mallorca for threatening a neighbour.

In 2002 he was arrested for drink driving and in 2014 was again arrested and received a suspended sentence after injuring two people in Switzerland while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Admitted to a psychiatric hospital after his initial detention following the 2018 incident in Frankfurt, Ullrich has been in treatment for alcohol and substance abuse, having previously spoken about using cocaine and amphetamines.

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