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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

French-Lebanese musician Maalouf found guilty over schoolgirl sexual assault

The French court has given Ibrahim Maalouf a Dh83,377 fine and a suspended prison term

The court of Creteil on November 23, 2018, condemned French-Lebanese musician Ibrahim Maalouf to a four-month suspended prison sentence for sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl in 2013. AFP
The court of Creteil on November 23, 2018, condemned French-Lebanese musician Ibrahim Maalouf to a four-month suspended prison sentence for sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl in 2013. AFP

Star trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf, famed for his award-winning film soundtracks and mixing of eastern and western sounds, was handed a suspended prison sentence for sexual assault on Friday by a French court.

Maalouf, 37, was found guilty of assaulting a 14-year-old schoolgirl who was doing work experience at his music studio in a suburb southeast of Paris in 2013. The girl, now aged 19, testified in court that Maalouf had kissed her and grabbed her without her consent.

An image of Maalouf arriving at the justice court of Creteil on November 9, 2018. AFP
An image of Maalouf arriving at the justice court of Creteil on November 9, 2018. AFP

Maalouf denied the allegations and portrayed her as an infatuated fan who was bitter after being rejected. The court in Creteil, a southeastern suburb of Paris, handed him a 20,000 euro (Dh83,377) fine as well as a suspended four-month prison term.

Born in Lebanon, Maloouf fled with his parents, both musicians, during the country's 15-year civil war and settled in France.

He plays a four-pistoned instrument invented by his trumpeter father in the 1960s, as well as playing the piano, composing and teaching.

He has played with Sting and Elvis Costello among other music stars and last year won French cinema's highest award, a Cesar, for the soundtrack of the film In the Forests of Siberia.

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