Ex-Chelsea forward, Salomon Kalou, who now plays for Hertha Berlin, has strongly denies the claims and rumors that while filming a short clip to be used on TV he used a hammer and chisel to damage the German memorial, Berlin Wall.
Kalou was apparently filmed by national broadcaster Rundfunk Berline-Brandenbury breaking off a piece of the wall using the tools, according to Berliner Kurier.
The Berlin Wall divided Germany’s capital from 1961 to 1989, and it has been under a protected order dating back to the fall of the German Democratic Party (GDR) in 1991. The rules stated that if anyone found vandalizing the landmark faces a hefty fine of up to €10,000. Currently, Kalou is facing a huge fine after reportedly vandalizing the Wall. Berlin authorities are apparently set to investigate whether any damage was done to the historical landmark of German.
Kani Alavi, chairman of the artist initiative East Side Gallery was the one who filed the complaint to the police. They reportedly own the copyright to the graffiti on the wall, while the Wall belongs to the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg borough of Berlin.
“I nearly fell off the sofa when I saw the footage,” told Kani Alavi to Berliner Kurier. “Here we have a well-paid celebrity increasing his market value at the expense of national monument. Without respect,” he continued. Alavi strongly accused the star by explaining that if the activity conducted at the Bradenburg Gate, Kalou “would probably have been arrested.”
Up to this day, a picture apparently showing Kalou ‘chipping parts off the Berlin Wall to keep as a memento’ spread in local media and it has keeping the outrage and controversy in Germany. The Ivory Coast star has since said he is taking legal action against both media outlets, TV station and newspaper which made the accusations.
A video has also appeared online which shows lumps missing from the wall, but Ivory Coast international is adamant the alleged damage has nothing to do with him. The Hertha Berlin star tried to fend for himself by writing on his Twitter account, by saying that the story was untrue and that the club’s legal team was now getting involved.
“There is absolutely no truth to this story. The club’s lawyers have contacted German paper Berliner Kurier,” posted on Tuesday (17/3).
In August 2012, two men who wore blue shirts representing the youth group of former communist East Germany at a really honoring victims of the Berlin Wall, were fined 2,700 euros for their action.