Patrick Poivre d´Arvor targeted by rape investigation

According to Le Parisien, a judicial investigation for rapes has been opened against the former presenter of TF1's 20 Hours. Author Florence Porcel accuses him of repeated assaults between 2004 and 2009 in a context of psychological hold and abuse of power.

Olivier Duhamel, Richard Berry, Gérard Louvin … The beginning of 2021 was marked by serious accusations against media and popular figures, coming from people whose detailed accounts do not prevent the accused from denying outright. This Thursday, February 18, it's Patrick Poivre d'Arvor's turn to be targeted by a strong testimony.

It is The Parisian which reveals that the former presenter of the 20 Hours of TF1 is under investigation for rape, following the complaint of Florence Porcel, YouTuber and author specializing in the popularization of science. This accuses the journalist of assaults that took place between 2004 and 2009, "in a context of psychological hold and abuse of power".

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According to The Parisian, Florence Porcel describes "mechanisms of psychological control in which she would then have locked herself, a system of denial born of the admiration she had for this famous, powerful and much older man and her desire to break into the literary world", which would have allowed these acts and their repetition.

It was in 2004, when she was only 21 years old and she was recovering from a brain tumor, that Florence Porcel says she was invited by Patrick Poivre d'Arvor behind the scenes of the JT. She explains that he would have sexually assaulted her in his office: he would have kissed her in "putting his hand in her panties", before they have sex without consent from the young woman. Then, in mid-April 2009, while the young woman was preparing a thesis on the books of the stars of the small screen, the journalist "would have forced her to perform unprotected oral sex."

According to Sarah-Lou Cohen, head of the police-justice department of BFMTV, the facts dating back to 2004 would be prescribed and Florence Porcel would have "concentrated his complaint" around the rape of which she was allegedly a victim in April 2009. Florence Porcel filed a complaint with the Nanterre public prosecutor's office. As a reminder, in 2019, she had already stood up against the harassment that the LOL League had subjected her to.
The defense of PPDA, it denies the facts.

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