In its edition of Tuesday, September 20, Release published the testimonies of three novelists. According to AFP, the former journalist is the target of two investigations in Nanterre.
Patrick Poivre d'Arvor was heard in free hearing in July as part of an open investigation into rape and sexual assault where at least seven women testified, AFP learned on Tuesday from judicial sources and close to the case.
The former star presenter of the TF1 television news, who disputes these accusations and whose lawyers could not be reached immediately, is the subject of two investigations in Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine). The first, led by the prosecution, was opened following two complaints in December 2021, one for rape in 1985 and the other for sexual assault in 2013. These facts appear to be time-barred.
Between December and this summer, at least seven women, aged in their twenties to sixties, had testified in the context of this investigation, a source familiar with the matter told AFP. At least three of them filed a complaint. Patrick Poivre d'Arvor was questioned by investigators from the Brigade for the repression of delinquency against the person (BRDP) in July, a judicial source told AFP.
Wednesday, Release published the testimonies of three novelists denouncing rape and sexual assault and questioning the complacency, in their eyes, of the publishing world with regard to the ex-journalist. Among them, Bénédicte Martin says that in November 2003, when she was 24, PPDA allegedly "seized by the throat by making a key with the arm". Forcibly kissed, skirt up, Bénédicte Martin pretends: “No, not like that, we are better than that”. And asks her to meet again another time. The young woman then takes to her heels.
“He rocks me on the bed, undresses me, penetrates me. It only lasts five minutes. I remain completely passive, I do not understand what is happening to me”
Margot (Anne) Cauquil-Gleizes
For her part, Juliette (assumed name) denounces a rape perpetrated in 2000. "Rapid penetration, without any attempt at seduction, 'the simple satisfaction of a need'", specifies the daily. Finally, Margot (Anne) Cauquil-Gleizes was 16 in 1985 when she was allegedly raped by Patrick Poivre d'Arvor. “He rocks me on the bed, undresses me, penetrates me. It only lasts five minutes. I remain completely passive, I do not understand what is happening to me., she says. The young woman, who continued to keep in touch with the journalist, saw him again a few years later after the filming of 8 p.m. It was then that he said to her: “This diary was really very difficult, would you give me a little treat?”
A second investigation is underway in Nanterre, entrusted to an examining magistrate and relating to the accusations of rape of the writer Florence Porcel. Now 39, she is the first woman to file a complaint in February 2021. She accuses Patrick Poivre d'Arvor of forcing her to have sex in 2004 and fellatio in 2009. A preliminary investigation s was followed and had collected the testimony of 22 other women for rape, sexual assault and / or sexual harassment. The investigation had been closed without further action in June 2021, mainly for prescription.
Florence Porcel then filed a complaint again, this time with a civil action, to obtain the opening of a new investigation entrusted to the investigating judges. At the end of June, the investigating chamber of the Versailles Court of Appeal extended the scope of these investigations to the facts appearing to be prescribed, recalling that the abandonment of the proceedings was not inevitable and that the starting point of the period during which justice can investigate could, in certain cases, be postponed. This is particularly the case if the investigators determine that the incriminating facts have repeated themselves in a series.