Ex-Tour de France victor Jan Ullrich arrested for ‘assaulting prostitute’


Former German cycling star Jan Ullrich has been detained for attacking a prostituteMore

Frankfurt am Main (AFP) - Former Tour de France victor Jan Ullrich was arrested early Friday for allegedly assaulting a prostitute in Frankfurt, police said, just a week after the German national was briefly detained in Spain.

Officials say the woman suffered injuries in the attack and Ullrich could be charged with assault or attempted murder.

Ullrich, 44, and the woman had an argument in the Villa Kennedy hotel in the early hours of Friday morning, the spokeswoman said.

Ullrich had just flown to Frankfurt from his home in Mallorca, where he had been involved in an altercation in his neighbour's garden last weekend.

He said he was receiving therapy for problems with drugs and alcohol.

The neighbour was revealed to be German actor and director Til Schweiger, who starred in Quentin Tarrantino's Inglourious Basterds.

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Schweiger, best known to global audiences as Sgt Hugo Stiglitz in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, told German media that the pair used to be close.

Earlier this week, the Ullrich opened up to German newspaper Bild about his separation from his wife and children.

'He'd start drinking beer at 6am and went on like that until the evening. "I took nothing that the others didn't also take", Ullrich told German magazine Focus.

Ullrich was questioned by a judge on Saturday, and subsequently released and given a restraining order, a court spokeswoman said.

Former German cyclist and Tour de France victor Jan Ullrich addresses the media in the northern Swiss town of Weinfelden, Switzerland, July 21, 2015.

Ullrich finally came clean in 2013 about his doping past.

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