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West Ham star Kurt Zouma arrives at court to face claim that he kicked and slapped his cat in shocking video filmed by his brother
- Kurt Zouma, 27, was pictured arriving at Thames Magistrates’ Court this morning
- The West Ham United defender is being prosecuted under Animal Welfare Act
- Zouma is accused of kicking and slapping his cat in video filmed by his brother
- Yoan Zouma is also due to face charge of aiding or abetting brother’s offending
Kurt Zouma has arrived at court to face charges in relation to a video which emerged in February of him allegedly kicking and slapping his cat.
The West Ham defender will appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday alongside his brother Yoan for a first hearing.
The pair are being prosecuted under the Animal Welfare Act.
West Ham defender Kurt Zouma (pictured) has been summonsed to appear before court in relation to a video which emerged in February of him allegedly kicking and slapping his cat
Yoan Zouma is alleged to have filmed the incident and is accused of aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring Kurt Zouma to commit an offence.
Kurt Zouma is accused of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal on February 6 this year by kicking it in the abdomen and slapping it in the head.
The 27-year-old France international is also accused of not taking reasonable steps to protect the animal from pain, suffering, injury or disease.
Yoan Zouma at court to appear over claims filming a cat being kicked by brother Kurt Zouma
Two cats belonging to Zouma are still under the care of the the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).
West Ham fined their player in relation to the incident and made donations to nine animal welfare charities in the UK and overseas.