Friday 28 July 2017

'I'm comfortable in asserting that he is 100% innocent' - Lawyer for Irish rugby player questioned in rape investigation

Grenoble's Irish prop Denis Coulson (R) arrives on March 21, 2017 at the police station in Grenoble, French Alps. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT
Grenoble's Irish prop Denis Coulson (R) arrives on March 21, 2017 at the police station in Grenoble, French Alps. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Denis Coulson, the Irish prop involved in an investigation into an alleged gang rape in France, should have 'nothing to worry about' according to his lawyer.

Coulson hasn't yet been released from the investigative process, although he isn't being held in custody, and Cahir O'Higgins, Coulson's legal representative, told Independent.ie that he is 'very comfortable asserting that he is 100% innocent and should have nothing to worry about.'

Coulson, who is due to join Connacht next season from Grenoble, was placed under investigation along with team-mates Rory Grice, a back row from New Zealand, and French hooker Loick Jammes.

On March 12th, a 21-year-old French woman filed a complaint alleging that she had been raped by Grenoble players after meeting them at a nightclub following their Top 14 match with Bordeaux that weekend.

"As far as I am aware, the injured party isn't levelling the accusation against Denis Coulson," O'Higgins said.

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