By Emma Grivotte
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A version that was defended, developed and also questioned this Wednesday, May 4, 2022. On the third day of the trial, which is being held before the Court of Assizes in Évreux, head of Pizza Manu to Sankt Maclou (Eure) and former head of the pizzeria of the same name in Beuzeville as well as the restaurant Le Grilladin, gave his point of view on the alleged facts – rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment – as he is accused by four former employeesbefore the submissions of the lawyers for the civil parties.
According to the 53-year-old defendant, who describes himself as a “little fat guy with glasses,” dressed in a shirt and down jacket. Nothing happened with Sandrine * nor with Lara, who accuses him of sexual assault. With Aurélie and Clémence condemning the rapes, he says he maintained “extramarital affairs”.
An economic reason?
According to him, the four women filed a complaint to raise money, as well as to the Labor Court, on the initiative of “manipulations” of Clemence. He also has suspicions gendarmerie to have “directed the file”. The latter would have a grudge against him as he testified against a brigade leader in a command investigation.
According to the manager, it was under Clémence’s contract from October 2017 to April 2018 “it was she who kissed me” for the first time. He states that they had several consensual sex, only at work, and that he was considering leaving his wife for her. In his argument, Clémence’s lawyer, Maître Demillière, said contest the extramarital affair and the economic reason for the complaint: “What economic interest would she have had in condemning a single fellatio when Mr. claims that there was vaginal intercourse?” »
The defendant has changed version
In court, the restaurateur acknowledges his relationship with Aurélie in 2015. According to him the anal penetration she accuses him of would even be “a proof of love” from the ex-employee, and he clarifies: “But I said no immediately. When she said she could not because she was menstruating and was sick, I contented myself with hugs, caresses, bitches and masturbation. »
However, he gave this version only after his custody in 2018, as Aurélie’s lawyer, Master Naviaux, points out. At first, he denies any romantic or sexual relationship. “I did not want my wife to take me for a bastard,” explains the pizza maker. It is for this reason that he allegedly told Aurélie not to tell the gendarmes. He believes she “jumped at the chance” to file a complaint for “being recognized as disabled”.
For Master Naviaux, the rapes that Aurélie condemns were “the paroxysm” of the events: “Hell is not the others, it is you, for these women have actually suffered a hell. There is a generality, a modus operandi to achieve this We have a person who is even more fragile than the others, and therefore it went further.The psychologist who analyzed the 30-year-old discovered emotional deficiencies in childhood, lack of self-esteem and today a post-traumatic stress syndrome.
As for Sandrine, 57, who condemns an assault in 2016, the manager says she was disappointed to be fired and not to become a leader. “Sandrine could never have dreamed of being a restaurant manager, because from the beginning she found something unhealthy there,” defends Maître Beauhaire. If she had not come out of the basement and broken her contract, what would have happened then? “Due to signs of post-traumatic stress, she then struggled to find a job.
In front of juries, Maître Demillière, representing Clémence and Lara, ironically sums up the accused’s position: “I am here for lying, venal women who are only there to take Monsieur’s ties. On the contrary, the lawyer is talking about “reports of filing, manipulation” which would have obliged the complainants. Lara, 23 years old and with a very fragile personality, felt in debt to the accused in 2018, for example, because he “behaved like a father” in allows him to get his first CDI and his apartment.
In their speech, the lawyers told the juries that the plaintiffs today needed the “truth” to feel liberated. The verdict will be handed down on Thursday 5 May.
* Names of victims have been changed.
Pending the verdict in this trial, the accused is presumed to remain innocent.
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