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MLS Player Aaron Boupendza Faces Up To 5 Years In Prison In Gabon For Alleged Sex Tape

In July 2023, Boupendza signed a contract with FC Cincinnati for $1.1 million.

A Major League Soccer player who recently signed a multi-million dollar deal is in trouble with authorities in Gabon after a sex tape he allegedly appeared in made the rounds. 

According to Daily Mail, Aaron Boupendza, a native of Gabon, could find himself in prison for up to five years and also be fined a maximum of 10 million Central African Francs ($17,000), because under Gabonese law, it is illegal for pornographic content to be distributed, according to Senegalese media outlet Senenews.

There have been no comments from Boupendza who plays for FC Cincinnati or the Gabonese football federation.

Article 430 of the Gabonese Penal Code states, “Anyone, who distributes, records, or transmits the image or representation of an adult when this image or this representation is of a pornographic nature is punishable by up to five years of imprisonment and 10,000,000 FCFA fine at most.”

No information has been released about when or where the video was filmed and on the woman seen performing the sexual act with the 27-year-old soccer player.

In July 2023, Boupendza signed a contract with a base salary of  $720,000 and a total compensation of $1,127,600, making him the club’s fifth-highest earner for FC Cincinnati. He previously played for Saudi Arabian club Al-Shabab. This past season, Boupendza scored 6 goals in 14 games, including the playoffs. He helped The Orange and Blue win a maiden MLS Supporters’ Shield, given to the team with the best regular season record.

The team lost to the eventual MLS champions Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference Finals, where they blew at two-goal lead in a 3-2 loss. 

Boupendza has played for various teams professionally since 2017: Al-Shabab, FC Cincinnati, GFC Ajaccio, Gabon, and Hatayspor, according to ESPN.

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