The former FC Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué (Barcelona, 36 years old) and his partner, Clara Chía (Barcelona, 24 years old), have ratified this Wednesday, June 7 before the judge the complaint they filed against a paparazzi for an alleged crime of harassment. Both had asked the magistrate to issue a restraining order against Jordi Martín. Piqué, however, has withdrawn the petition and only Chía maintains it, although he has lowered it: he asks that Martín cannot approach less than a kilometer from it (in the initial request he spoke of 3,000 meters). The young woman has stated that the follow-up has affected her and has provided the court with psychological reports. In June of last year, the former athlete and Shakira announced their separation after 12 years of relationship and two children in common. Two months later, the cameras captured Piqué in an affectionate attitude with Clara Chía at the Dani Martín concert, and since then both became the center of interest for the press; And they still are.
This Wednesday, the Prosecutor's Office has opposed the request of Clara Chía with the argument that the right to information prevails. Jordi Martín has declared as investigated, and explained that the follow-up of the couple is part of his work as a photojournalist.
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Piqué has returned this Wednesday to the City of Justice in Barcelona, a scenario that is familiar to him: he has had to appear for the custody agreement after his break with Shakira – an agreement by which the Colombian singer has been able to move to Miami with the two children of the now ex-couple, Milan and Sasha – and also, in 2008, for a crime against road safety in Barcelona. He was then fined 48,000 euros for driving without points on the license.
Both Piqué and Chía have detailed to the head of the court of instruction number 6 of Barcelona, Miguel Ángel Tabares, the alleged siege to which they have been subjected during the last year by Martín. The episode that has triggered the complaint occurred last May in a parking lot on Beethoven Street in the Catalan capital, very close to the headquarters of the company Kosmos, which is owned and president by the former Barça player. According to the complaint, of about 30 pages, it is a private space in which the photojournalist should not have entered to take photographs. The text also points out that the paparazzi has followed the couple during the last year, not only in Spain, but also in various trips they have made abroad.
The paparazzi, who has also testified before the judge, but as investigated, has explained that he does his job and that he followed Piqué especially during the stage in which he maintained a sentimental relationship with Shakira, whose end has been told in detail in the last songs of the artist. Martín recalled that Piqué is a public figure and that he has limited himself to following him and taking photographs because of the interest he arouses. On the episode in the parking lot, he said he did not know that it was a private space and that he did not take photographs.