Former Barcelona Striker David Villa Accused of Social Harassment
Former Barcelona striker and Spain’s 2010 World Cup winner David Villa has been accused of sexually harassing an intern during his time at MLS club New York City FC. This news surfaced in Twitter recently, a woman alleged on her Twitter handle that the 38-year-old groped her repeatedly at the New York City FC where he played from 2014 until 2018.
She also said the club bosses failed to back her up and claimed she had changed careers because of the “harassment.”
The New York City FC has said they are investigating the allegations. The former Barcelona striker David Villa, however, described the accusations as “completely false” and deny any wrongdoing.
The retired footballer, who won the Champions League with Barcelona during a glittering career, said: “I want to categorically deny the accusations made against me on Twitter.” “These accusations are absolutely false.” “I have not received any communication on this subject before this publication on social media, either from this person or from New York City FC.
The former Barcelona striker also said: “I understand, from what I have read on Twitter, that she was an intern and left the club at the end of 2019, a year after I left.” “I have never heard any of these accusations from the club or from any other source until they were posted last weekend. “Of course, I will cooperate fully with New York City FC because the allegations are also directed at the club.”
He added saying: “I spent four seasons at New York City FC and always felt loved and respected by everyone inside and outside.” “Therefore, it is difficult to understand why these false accusations arise when I left New York City in December 2018, more than a year and a half ago.”
“I repeat that these accusations are totally false. Harassment is a major problem for society. It is very unfortunate for those who have been harassed that other people take advantage of it as an excuse to make false accusations.” “While our legal team works on clarifying these false accusations, I ask everyone including the media to respect my right to the presumption of innocence.”
The woman who acussed the Barcelona striker said her tweets: “I thought I was getting the opportunity of a lifetime when I got that internship.” “What I got was David Villa touching me every f*****g day and my bosses thinking it was great comedic material. “I still find it hilarious that I was constantly told I had a terrible attitude at that job like I wasn’t showing up everyday knowing I was gonna be groped or mocked or two hand shoved in the back.”
She recently said: “the worst person I’ve ever interacted with,” before she made the comment in her tweet. New York City FC said they have launched an investigation into the woman’s claims. They also said they are against harassmentof any sort.