An investigation for rapes was opened by the Nanterre public prosecutor’s office against the former star presenter of the television news Patrick Poivre d’Arvor after the complaint of the writer Florence Porcel. PPDA “firmly rejects” the accusations.
According to The Parisian of February 18, a complaint for rape against Patrick Poivre d’Arvor emanates from the writer Florence Porcel, who accuses the journalist and novelist of having sex without consent in 2004 and of having imposed a fellatio on him in 2009. L The information was confirmed by the Nanterre prosecution, which told AFP that it had opened an investigation.
The facts of 2004 would have taken place in his TF1 office in Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine) after a television newscast and those of 2009 at the headquarters of the production company A Prime Group, according to the daily . The preliminary investigation, entrusted to the Brigade for the repression of personal delinquency (BRDP) of the Paris judicial police, “is in its very early stages,” said the prosecution. The complainant has not yet been heard by the police, a source familiar with the matter told AFP.
Author and actress, Florence Porcel, 37, has made a name for herself thanks to her Youtube channel specializing in astronomy, “The crazy history of the Universe”. At the beginning of January, she published a novel, Pandorini, in which she tells the story “inspired by an episode in her life” in which a young woman is raped by a “sacred monster of French cinema” who holds her in his grip.
The former presenter of the television news of TF1, Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, for his part “firmly rejected” the “absurd and false” accusations of rape. He said he was “outraged by the way in which we seek to instrumentalize to promote a novel,” continued his lawyer François Binet in a statement to AFP, specifying that the former presenter was ready to be heard by the investigators, and expected to file a complaint for “slanderous denunciation” against Florence Porcel.
PPDA, presenter of the TF1 news from 1987 and 2008, hosted the literary program until last January Long live the books on Cnews before the channel decides to stop it. He is also the author of around sixty books.
Since the beginning of the year, accusations of rape or sexual assault against personalities from the world of culture or politics have followed one another, leading to the opening of judicial inquiries.