PPDA targeted by three damning new testimonies

LOIC VENANCE / AFP French journalist Patrick Poivre d’Arvor arrives for the screening of the film “Young Ahmed (Le Jeune Ahmed)” at the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 20, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)


Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, here during the Cannes Film Festival, May 20, 2019.

JUSTICE – Two new complaints against Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, for rape and sexual assault, were filed this month, reveals Release this Monday, September 19. These facts, prescribed, will not engage a prosecution but describe a modus operandi similar to the other plaintiffs. Another report, relating to a charge of rape, also time-barred, was also sent to the public prosecutor in charge of the second preliminary investigation in the case, opened on the sidelines of an investigation also in progress.

The three new plaintiffs, whom Release was able to meet, have one thing in common: the publishing world, in which PPDA has long been a powerful and influential figure. The journalist’s books have been published by the largest publishing houses.

Among the victims, Juliette (first name changed), journalist and writer, claims she was raped in the PPDA office in 2000 after appearing on the literary show night flight on TF1. Rapid penetration, without any attempt at seduction, “ the simple satisfaction of a need”.

To Release, she says she remembers a filthy and revealing detail: a box of wipes. She explains that after the rape she has just suffered, PPDA took a wipe, wiped herself, and handed her one so that she would “ clean », suggesting to Juliette that this practice was regular and organized. She thus had the impression of being a piece of meat that we use ». She believes that the rape is for the former presenter of the JT “ a way of marking one’s territory”.

He pulls up her skirt and forcefully kisses her

Bénédicte Martin, 44, filed a complaint on September 12 against PPDA, for a sexual assault which allegedly took place in November 2003 in the journalist’s office. She was 24 years old at the time of the alleged events.

Guest on the set of night flight to talk about her erotic short story book, the sexual assault takes place there again in the PPDA office after the show. As they drink a glass of rum, the latter turns around her, and, once behind, seizes her by the throat, giving her an arm lock. They then fall to the ground and then fight. PPDA pulls up her skirt and kisses her by force, Bénédicte tells Release. “No, not like that, we are better than that. Let’s make an appointment », she throws to him as an escape. She manages to escape from the office somehow.

“I have never ceased to relate the acts of PPDA, no one has ever been shocked”she adds, explaining that her testimony can be useful to other women. “I can’t stand the insulting phrases that I hear about this affair less and less well, like “They looked for it”. It makes me boil. I want to answer: “Me too, it happened to me. And I have nothing to hide”. »

Anne Cauquil-Gleizes, 53, is the third complainant met by Release. She was 16 in 1984. Wishing to become an author, she wrote to PPDA, which answered her, to her great surprise, by phoning the family home. Their meeting will take place in May 1985, in a hotel room in Sète, where the journalist is on a business trip.

While she thinks of coming to show him her writings, “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. » He then leaves her and goes to take a shower.

“You would do me a little treat”

If she filed only one complaint, on September 9, it concerns two separate facts: the rape previously told, and a sexual assault when she was 23 or 24 years old, in 1991 or 1992.

For the context of this one, Anne, who changed her first name the year of her 18 years for Margot, is invited by PPDA to attend the recording of the television news. At the end of it, she is led into the presenter’s office. “This journal has been really very difficult, you would do me a little treat”he would have launched, before she started screaming and running away.

Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, 74, is accused by around thirty women of rape, assault or sexual harassment. He vigorously denies them all and filed a complaint in return for slanderous denunciation. “Patrick Poivre d’Arvor’s position is known and I myself had the opportunity to share publicly, after the reasoned classification without follow-up, certain elements of his defense”indicates his lawyer, Me Jacqueline Laffont, to Freed.

In June 2021, a first preliminary investigation, collecting the testimony of 23 women, was dismissed by the Nanterre prosecution, mainly for prescription but also for “absence of punishable offence” Where “insufficiently characterized offence”. A second is in progress, seven other women having testified.

At the same time, a judicial investigation was opened after a complaint by the writer Florence Porcel, who accuses Patrick Poivre d’Arvor of having forced her to have sex in 2004 and fellatio in 2009.

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