July 2, 2022

After the “Special Envoy” on Hulot, a complaint for rape and sexual assault filed

JUSTICE – A woman, who accuses Nicolas Hulot of having raped her when she was a minor and whose testimony on television led to the opening of an investigation by the Paris prosecutor’s office has lodged a complaint, we learned this Wednesday, December 8 from a source close to the case, confirming information from LCI.

His complaint was reportedly filed on November 29, a few days after the show aired. The complainant was also interviewed, said this source.

At least six women accuse the former host and former minister Nicolas Hulot of rape or sexual assault committed between 1989 and 2001, which he categorically denies. In a report broadcast at the end of November in Correspondent on France 2, three of them, including two with their faces uncovered, recounted the sexual assaults of which they say they were victims.

The complainant, Sylvia, indicates that she was sexually assaulted in 1989 at the age of 16 by Nicolas Hulot, in the latter’s car, after being invited to attend a program he was hosting in Paris. Contacted, his lawyers did not wish to speak.

Justice must determine if there is limitation

BFMTV also contacted Nicolas Hulot’s lawyer, Alain Jakubowicz, who indicated that the facts were already “prescribed” according to him. The former minister was not summoned to him, he added, but the day he will be, he will have “a lot of things to say”.

The day after the report, on November 26, the Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation as it has systematically done for several years as soon as a minor victim is mentioned, even in the absence of a complaint, in particular in order to verify whether it is there are no others.

The investigations, entrusted to the brigade for the protection of minors (BPM) of the regional direction of the judicial police (DRPJ), must “determine whether the facts denounced can characterize a criminal offense and whether, in view of their seniority, the prescription of the public action is acquired ”, had specified the prosecutor, Laure Beccuau.

The day before the show, the former Minister of State (2017-2018) formally denied on BFMTV these accusations of sexual assault and announced that he was leaving public life “definitively”, to protect his relatives and his Foundation from the fallout. ‘a “lynching”.

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