PPDA accused of rape: “You would give me a little treat”, new chilling stories overwhelm the journalist

Patrick Poivre d’Arvor is the subject of new accusations of sexual violence by three women. They testified to our colleagues from Liberation.

The PPDA case continues to expand. In effect, two new complaints targeting Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, for rape and sexual assault, were filed this month, reveals Release this Monday, September 19.

The same rituals described

The modus operandi described by the three new plaintiffs is similar. Bénédicte Martin, Juliette (assumed name) and Anne (now Margot) Cauquil-Gleizes all three testify to a meeting with PPDA during the program night flight or through a letter sent to this great name in the publishing world. A meeting follows in an office where the presenter tries to undress them and then penetrate them.

I have never ceased to relate the acts of PPDA, no one has ever been shocked

Bénédicte Martin says in fact that she does not understand the indifference of her interlocutors when she recounts her attack. The facts that she denounces go back to 2003. She filed a complaint in Paris on September 12 and was 20 years old at the time.

Anne Cauquil-Gleizes says that her meeting with PPDA was mentioned in the journalist’s book The women of my life, published in 1988. In his book, he compares her to a “lobster” that must be taken “thumb and index finger behind the pliers. Only then did she stop shaking her long legs and start purring”. She precisely details this meeting to our colleagues.

He rocks me on the bed, undresses me, penetrates me. It only lasts five minutes. I remain completely passive, I do not understand what is happening to me

She was 17 at the time of the alleged events, a year after her first encounter with PPDA. First meeting already punctuated by inappropriate reflections. The presenter would have asked her “what kind of underwear she wears”.

At the age of 24, the journalist contacts her again and invites her to attend the recording of a television news. The young woman is then taken to the presenter’s office. “This diary was really very difficult, you would do me a little treat”, he would have launched, before she started to scream and run away.

Juliette (first name changed), journalist and writer, claims for her part that she was raped in the PPDA office in 2000. A rapid penetration, without any attempt at seduction, “the simple satisfaction of a need”. She details: “He pushed me against a table, lifted my skirt and penetrated me.”

To Release, she says she remembers a “repulsive” detail: a box of wipes, which PPDA would have handed to her after having raped her so that she “wipes herself”. She says she had the impression of being “a piece of meat that we use”.

Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, 74, is accused by thirty women of rape, assault or sexual harassment. He denies them all. The journalist had also announced, last April, that he was going to file a complaint for “slanderous denunciation” against 16 women who accuse him of harassment or sexual violence. An investigation is still in progress.

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