“This impunity is taking me off my hinges”upset the writer Bénédicte Martin, who ended up filing a complaint, also, against the former journalist Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, he told franceinfo on Tuesday September 20, confirming information from release. She accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2003, in his office at TF1, and she criticized the “active partnership in the publishing world”. “I filed a complaint against Patrick on September 12 after long months of reflection and anger to see that he continues to do well when there are many women who have filed complaints against him or attest to his actions”he explained.
“He continues to believe himself to be untouchable, he does not answer for his actions, for his despicable acts, he continues to mock his victims.”Benedict Martin
The journalist also filed a complaint to give visibility to the victims, so that people can see that “We are not just complaining, women, sisters, mothers, children, we have jobs, and we will also face the trauma that PPDA gave us”.
He told how, after he invited her to his literary program, Vol de nuit, to discuss the publication of the young writer’s first book, Warm Up, published in 2003, he invited her to come and attend the TF1 newscast . “I was not more excited than that but it was because of the insistence of my press officer that I went there. I quickly understood that I was locked, I was in some kind of trap.” He was called different names than his by the employees of the chain and he said to himself “that there should be a women’s parade”.
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“After the news, I was made to wait in his office for almost half an hour, a time that I think is very appropriate for the PPDA in terms of his predation, which is when the offices of TF1 are empty. I saw the man who gradually leaves and I find myself alone with him who comes and simply takes off his shoes when he comes and uses alcohol”he remembered.
“He turned the chair I was sitting on, facing his desk, and from behind he gave me an armbar. We were lying on the carpet and I struggled as he tried to put his hands on my panties while raising the my skirt and down my pantyhose.”Benedict Martin
“There, I faked it, I said to myself: it’s not me, I won’t be tortured, I don’t want it, and so I pushed his face with my hand, firmly and I faked it.he said. I told him ‘Patrick we deserve better, not like this, something more beautiful’, and it worked. He stood up, he went behind his desk, he took out a notebook, he told me what day it was and that’s why I grabbed my bag, took my coat and ran down the hall, I was afraid he would chase me.”
After that, he tried to talk to his editor, Frédéric Beigbeder, then put in Flammarion. “He served me with his famous humor as if it was a good big joke and that with him there was nothing serious.” The writer Michel Houellebecq, who was present at the time, was not too surprised. “When I say that, it’s like I animated their afternoon. Frankly they don’t see where the problem is, it’s the distraction”he said.
The writer does not believe “that a publishing house like Flammarion thinks I can get through it. My press officer will explain it elsewhere, but I explain to you that the PPDA, if you are a young author who is starting and who the successful, must”. So Bénédicte Martin “Strongly condemns the active involvement of the publishing community”a “coterie of untouchables who believe they are allowed by everyone” and who “deeply sexist”. “No one helped me”he repeated several times.
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By minimizing everything around him, the young writer has “put a small handkerchief [et a] keep moving forward like that”. “I think we can continue to live, that we can catch up, but in fact we can’t move forward if there is a broken dough”, he said today. Nineteen years later, on September 12, he finally decided to file a complaint, although the facts he criticized were restricted by time. “It felt like a relief. Finally, a hearing. Finally, to be heard. To say it frankly, I lived with Patrick in my panties for 19 years and that day, the hand was removed.”
For the writer, as well as for all the women who testified against him, “PPDA’s place is in court”. He was happy that the investigating judge studied the possibility of a series of actions by the former journalist. This character, if it is recognized as an unprescribed fact, may be possible to avoid the prescription and the judgment for example of a rape dated from 1993 criticized by the journalist Hélène Devynck, from another date from 2004 denounced by the writer Florence Porcel, or the sexual assault denounced by Bénédicte Martin.
In his eyes, moreover, the serial character is clear. “I believe that the PPDA is a serial rapist and that he has implemented, for almost 30 years, a systemic modus operandi.”
“These attacks took place in the same square meters [dans son bureau]in this same place [dans la tour TF1]at the same time [après le JT]every week.”Benedict Martin
“This is real predation, premeditation and it must be punished”, writer’s hammer. He also noted that the victims had “a kind of common behavior” : “We are very young, very good, very skinny girls. He told us about his daughter Solenn who suffered from anorexia and committed suicide. , going for some up to rape.”
More broadly, Bénédicte Martin also called on the government to “blowing prescriptions”. “I did this so that the State, the National Assembly, the Senate will review the prescription law because, for minors, the prescription is higher. Not at 18 exactly we become adults. If you are 24 or 25 years old . . , you’re still a young adult, you don’t have all the benchmarks yet. And anyway, I believe that sexual crimes should never have a statute of limitations.”
Patrick Poivre d’Arvor was heard in a free hearing in July to answer the accusations of rape, franceinfo learned from a judicial source, confirming the information from AFP. Contacted by franceinfo, PPDA lawyer Me Jacqueline Laffont did not respond. Until now, the former star of TF1 has always denied the facts alleged against him by thirty women. A preliminary investigation and a judicial investigation were opened against him.
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