“This decision was taken so as not to harm the daily operation of BFMTV and RMC,” said the group.
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A withdrawal, “at the request of management”. The Altice Media group, parent company of BFMTV and RMC, announced on Sunday January 23 the withdrawal, “temporarily”, by Jean-Jacques Bourdin, its star presenter accused of sexual assault. “This temporary withdrawal from the antenna will prevent political and media manipulation of this affair”, he says, after explaining that “This decision was taken so as not to prejudice the daily operation of BFMTV and RMC”.
The Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation against the journalist on January 18, after a complaint was filed by a former BFMTV journalist. She denounces facts dating back to October 2013 and a business trip to Calvi (Haute-Corse). In her complaint, she says that one morning, between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m., she goes to bathe in the swimming pool of her hotel and is joined by Jean-Jacques Bourdin who swims at her height, grabs her by the neck while she is n has more feet and tries several times to kiss her.
She claims the star presenter then told her: “I always get what I want”. “I lived this last sentence as if he was warning me that sooner or later he would have what he wanted” and “as a threat from someone who had a hierarchical ascendancy over me”, she explains in her complaint. Implicated, Jean-Jacques Bourdin disputes the facts.
This case triggered a wave of reactions in the political class. Facing the journalist, Les Républicains presidential candidate Valérie Pécresse promised that “the law of silence is over”. On Friday, environmentalist Yannick Jadot canceled a scheduled interview with Jean-Jacques Bourdin.