New prosecution evidence in the case PPDA. On September 19, Libé released an investigation pointing to the atrocities that the former presenter of the TF1 8 p.m. newscast allegedly inflicted on several women.
Three new testimonials
To the list of complainants, three new alleged victims have just been added, including the writers Margot Cauquil-Gleizes and Bénédicte Martin. These women said they had filed a complaint for rape. Even if the facts will not give rise to prosecution because of the prescription, they wanted to mark the occasion to show their keenness to all those who would have fallen under the yoke of PPDA.
In this article, Liberation recounts having met the two writers, in addition to another woman who wished to remain anonymous. These women come from the publishing world, in which PPDA was a key figure. The old lawyer journalist indicated that he remained on the same positions: he disputes the facts. “The position of Patrick Poivre d’Arvor is known and I myself had the opportunity to share publicly, after the reasoned classification without follow-up, certain elements of his defense”, said Me Jacquelin Laffont.
PPDA, a figure in the world of publishing
The first of his new victims is Bénédicte Martin. Now aged 44, she filed a complaint for facts that date back to 2003. After having her read a manuscript, she was invited to a program called “Night Flight”. According to the story told by Libé, after the shooting, “PPDA ends up arriving in an office, takes off his shoes and offers him a glass of rum. Then he shows her the view of the Seine. Before taking her by the throat by giving her an arm lock, pull up her skirt and try to kiss her. A terrible story that comes to be added to others.
While Bénédicte Martin chooses to speak about this horrible evening to her press officer, the latter would have said to her: “Yes, well, but he is like that, Patrick, everyone knows it. What did you expect ? If you want to write, there are obligatory passages… All the young girls have been there. Your book is doing well. What are you complaining about ? “. Since this story, the victim has decided to change careers. In addition to having collected this testimony, the newspaper gave the floor to two other women. That of Margot Cauquil-Gleizes, who is a 53-year-old teacher.
The story dates back to 1984 when the victim was 16 years old. After meeting the journalist, he would have asked him “what kind of underwear she wears”. Before seeing him again later. And there, the drama: “When it opens to me, I’m a little surprised, because it’s a very small room, not a suite, and I immediately say to myself: But where are we going to land? There is only one bed. He rocks me on the bed, undresses me, penetrates me. It only lasts five minutes. I remain passive, I do not understand what is happening to me, ”explained Margot Cauquil-Gleizes to Liberation.