Boris Becker: Now the tennis star in the criminal case is talking – people

The fifth day of the trial in the criminal case against Boris Becker in London at Southwark Crown Court.The 54-year-old is charged with 24 counts. For the first time, he commented on these as a witness in court.

The Wimbledon champion is accused of failing to disclose real estate, accounts, corporate shares or awards such as a Davis Cup trophy, his Olympic gold medal or his first Wimbledon trophy to the insolvency administrator.

Becker came in a light blue suit with girlfriend Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro (33) – and first had to wait for floor 3 in the hallway in front of Court 3 in Southwark Crown Court because another case was pending. Becker seemed tense but also annoyed because journalists were waiting with him in the hallway.

Becker wore a blue suit under his gray coat, girlfriend Lilian dressed stylishly with a turtleneckFoto: Justin Ng / Avalon

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Becker wore a blue suit under his gray coat, girlfriend Lilian dressed stylishly with a turtleneckPhoto: Justin Ng / Avalon

At 10.30, first girlfriend Lilian entered the room, then Boris Becker and then took a seat in a glass case. A court worker then handed a bottle of water into the room, and a tense atmosphere of calm reigned.

Fifteen minutes later, Becker was called to the witness stand. Because of his injuries, Becker was allowed to sit during his testimony. Becker closed his eyes for a few moments before his defense attorney began questioning.

Boris Becker: I did not pay any bills myself

In his testimony before the court and the jury, Becker gave the impression that his advisers were the only ones who took care of his finances.

“I have no patience to go through contracts,” the tennis legend said. “I relied on my lawyer’s judgment. I just looked at the sum and how much money was mentioned there.” He also never paid bills himself, which is “unfortunately” still the case.

Becker explained his behavior by saying that “my role was to train, play well and win tournaments. My advisors took care of everything else.” The jury also learned that during his playing career, he lived out of his suitcase for the sport for “35 to 40 weeks”.

Although he had accounts and credit cards, he never saw bank statements or bills. “My agent took care of that. I got cash. Everything was organized by my office.”

Becker in front of the court gives the impression that he would have trusted others for finances and other problems outside the tennis court. For example, his then-physiotherapist Waldemar Kliesing had become his closest counselor because they spent most of their time together.

Becker then explained to the jury, which was not fully present that day due to a Covid case, how the loan from an English bank and the usury loan with a businessman arose.

In the early days of the trial, Becker appeared in court with an entire suitcase full of documentsFoto: Glenn Gratton

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In the early days of the trial, Becker appeared in court with an entire suitcase full of documentsPhoto: Glenn Gratton

“Some of the money went to my Swiss company to pay taxes,” Becker said. And then took the loan from a British entrepreneur, from whom he borrowed £ 1.2 million. “I needed the money for repairs to the mansion and to pay half a million bill to a contractor.”

He took out the one-year loan in hopes of selling his villa in Mallorca “quickly and then paying him the money back.” Becker confirmed that he was aware of the 25 percent usury rate.

But Becker stayed at the villa, as he explained to Judge Deborah Taylor: “The real estate market was very weak at the time, so the villa could not be sold within a year.”

The tennis champion added: “Everyone knew I had to sell the finca quickly to pay off my debt. As a result, I was offered prices that were nowhere near what they were asking for.”

A translator sat next to Becker with him at the witness stand. Boris Becker denies all 24 charges.

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