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Verdict in Alexander Emelianenko sexual assault case to be announced May 19

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Alexander Emelianenko is facing a potential five-year sentence for sexual assault allegations. The final verdict will be announced on May 19.

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It appears Alexander Emelianenko's fate will be determined on May 19.

The Simonovsky Court of Moscow announced on Friday afternoon that the final verdict on the controversial Russian heavyweight's sexual assault charges will be determined on May 19.

"The verdict will be announced on May 19 at 12:00 Moscow time," said court spokesman Oleg Shassaeva (h/t Sportbox.ru).

The Russian heavyweight, who spent a portion of his career fighting under the PRIDE banner, was charged with sexual assault, "kidnapping" by withholding a passport, and the forced use of "narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances." Emelianenko allegedly stole his substitute housekeeper's passport from her purse while she was cleaning the house and extorted her for sexual favours, while forcing her to consume narcotics.

Emelianenko pleaded non-guilty to all the charges levied against him. However, he did admit to "intimacy" with the victim. According to his attorney, "Emelianenko does not deny that intimacy was, but claims it was consensual."

During the proceedings, the prosecutor requested a five-year jail sentence and a fine of 60,000 rubles (approx. $1200 USD) for Emelianenko's crimes.