German footballer Jerome Boateng appeared in court in Munich on Thursday over allegations he assaulted his ex-girlfriend in 2018.
Boateng is accused of injuring the mother of his twin daughters, named as Sherin S, during a dispute on holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean.
Prosecutors have accused the former Bayern Munich defender and 2014 World Cup winner of wilful bodily harm. The 33-year-old has denied the allegations.
If convicted, he could be fined or jailed for up to five years.
Prosecutors have accused Boateng of throwing a lamp and a small cooling box at his former partner during the alleged assault in the Caribbean.
But the Lyon player said he did not assault his ex-girlfriend and described a different version of events, saying he and his ex-girlfriend had an argument after tensions escalated during a game of cards.
Boateng said his former partner had become aggressive and insulting, injured his lip and hit him. When he tried to push her away from him, she fell, he told the court.
The court will hear testimony from four witnesses, German TV channel RTL reported. A verdict could be delivered on Thursday, the only scheduled day of proceedings.
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