Three complaints have been lodged against the Secretary of State for Development, two for rape and another for violence without incapacity for work by a person responsible for a public service mission.
The French Secretary of State for Development, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, targeted by complaints of rape, rejected these accusations on Friday June 24, judging them “unacceptable and appalling“.
“The serious accusations against me, relating to medical clinical examinations carried out in order to diagnose and treat the illness of my patients, are unacceptable and revolting“, she said in a statement sent by her lawyer. Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, a 46-year-old gynecologist, is the subject of two complaints for rape and a third complaint for violence without incapacity for work by a person responsible for a public service mission. Claiming to have learned of the existence of these complaints by “press lane“, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou still says to herself”shocked and deeply hurt“and ensures not to have”never imposed the slightest examination on any of my patients without their consent“. “I have no knowledge of the content of these complaints, which I stress were filed in the days following my appointment to the government and which relate to consultations which allegedly took place several years ago.“, she underlines again according to the press release.
The Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation on May 27 after the filing of two rape complaints against Chrysoula Zacharopoulou. According to the weekly Marianne, which revealed the case, the charges were allegedly committed in the context of her profession as a gynecologist. The investigation was entrusted to the Brigade for the repression of delinquency against the person (BRDP). A third complaint for violence was filed Thursday, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office, requested by AFP on Friday. The program of the TMC channel collected the testimony of this patient, who said that she had suffered “gynecological violenceduring a 2018 appointment with Chrysoula Zacharopoulou to treat her endometriosis.
Elected MEP in 2019, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, was appointed Secretary of State for Development, Francophonie and International Partnerships last month in the government of Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne. The latter had assured Thursday evening on the LCI channel, “that the complaints are filed, justice will do its job“, qualifying as”important debate” the one “Consent when doing exams“.
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