VIDEO – The real estate agent and host is accused of domestic violence by three of his ex-partners. The channel had opened an internal investigation.
The flagship host of M6 Stéphane Plazaaccused of domestic violencewill remain on the air, announced this Monday, November 6, the boss of the channel Nicolas de Tavernost. “We sponsored an internal investigation inside M6 with all the people who work with Stéphane Plaza. The same thing was done at (the audiovisual production giant) Médiawan. These two investigations did not provide any evidence that would justify a sanction against Stéphane Plaza.he declared on BFM Business.
“Even, on the contrary, his colleagues rather support him”specified the boss of M6, confirming that the star host, whose shows have continued to be broadcast despite deprogramming requests of feminist activists, be fine “stay on the air”. His colleague and friend Karine Le Marchand declared last October has Paris Match : “Ultimately, he’s an idiot, a cad. But I never saw him violent, rarely angry. He’s more the type to sulk in his corner“.
Eric Antoine, currently juror of “France has incredible talent”, was more nuanced on Europe 1. Without seeking to exonerate his colleague, the magician regretted the over-media coverage of a case which has not yet been judged by justice: “Yes, he is exuberant, yes we can tax him – the word is certainly not very kind -, in fact, in this he can lack delicacy. But I have never witnessed violence. I was very close to Gilbert Rozon, who was acquitted of his trials. So I’m waiting for the results of the investigation. [sur Stéphane Plaza, NDLR]. There, it’s terrible, whatever happens, his life is shattered.”
An investigation into domestic violence
In an investigation published at the end of September, the Mediapart information site, citing the testimonies of three of the host’s ex-partners, explains having “brought together numerous elements and stories testifying to mistreatment carried out by the real estate agent popularized by M6 on three of his companions: humiliation, threats, verbal violence and, for two of them, physical violence”. An investigation into domestic violence was immediately opened against the host, who formally contests these accusations.
“It is not up to us to replace the police or the courts in making a decision”underlined Mr. de Tavernost. “These are subjects that we always look at with great caution, particularly these subjects of domestic violence. We are extremely attentive both internally and externally”.
Star of M6
Initially a real estate agent, Stéphane Plaza became a star of the small screen when M6 propelled him in 2006 to the head of the show “Research apartment or house” then “Maison à vente” (2007) and “Cheurs d’ appart” (2015). Regularly named the French’s favorite presenter, he is one of the sure values of M6, bringing together several million viewers with his various programs.
In January 2022, the M6 group became the majority shareholder of its network of real estate agencies which has some 660 franchises across France.
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