Known testimonies, others of which we knew nothing. Some prefer to remain anonymous, others agree to tell their story openly for the first time. In a program broadcast Tuesday evening by Mediapart, twenty women took the floor accusing the former star of the JT of TF1 of rape, sexual assault or even harassment. All come back to the reasons that led them to testify again publicly or for the first time in front of the camera against PPDA. On April 27, the former presenter filed a complaint for slanderous denunciation against sixteen women who had filed a complaint against him for sexual violence or sexual harassment.
“He’s a fallen man, he’s a kneeling man who’s going to kick the mud and splash everyone. It is not possible that we invented all this […] His approach is not credible, ”insists Anouck Ortlieb. The former Swiss journalist then returns to facts dating back to 2003. She had met PPDA, presenter at the time of a literary program, while she had just published a novel. The latter describes a meeting during which PPDA would have openly masturbated in front of her before asking her intimate questions related to her sex life.
If most of the testimonies had been revealed, new ones are added to an already long list. Marie-Laure Eude-Delattre, commercial adviser, looks back on facts dating back to 1985. “I was raped by Mr. Patrick Poivre d’Arvor. I was 23 years old and it took me 36 years to file a complaint, ”she says at the start of the show.
Margot Cauquil-Gleizes, a teacher, describes the attack she allegedly suffered in the 1960s when she was a minor. These two women, far from the Parisian media microcosm, describe similar facts: a non-consensual sexual act committed by surprise. “He locked the door, explains Marie-Laure Eude-Delattre. And there, I saw him stark naked, rubbing himself on the couch. I was in a state of amazement, I did not move.
“Sisters in Misfortune”
This amazement at the time of the facts, they are several to describe it. During the program, the various declared victims speak in turn. Solidarity and sorority are essential. Some try to express themselves, their throats tight and they briefly skip their turn, as the emotion seems insurmountable. “We are sisters in misfortune”, illustrates Florence Porcel then. The writer had filed the first complaint against PPDA in February 2021. “He no longer scares us because we are together now,” she continues. Last November, several declared victims launched the #MeTooMedias association with the aim of triggering a freedom of speech in the media world.
“We women have a role to play, it is not tolerable. We have the right to defend our daughters and our sisters and do not have to be afraid because we are together”, insists Anouck Ortlieb.
PPDA refuses to speak
Mediapart points out that “Patrick Poivre d’Arvor did not respond” to his request for an interview “under conditions similar to those offered” to witnesses. He “contests any violence, sexual or not, against the women who accused him”, according to the words of his lawyer reported by the online investigation site.
On social networks, the reactions were numerous after the broadcast of the program. “It’s time to listen, to believe and to stop these classifications without follow-up for insufficient evidence when the aggressor denies because those always deny”, challenged the actress and director Andrea Bescond on Instagram while the comedian Florence Foresti hailed the “power” of “this image of women, united, united, together against violence”.
The former boss of TF1, Nonce Paolini, said he understood “the suffering” of these women, ensuring that he had not been aware at the time of the alleged facts, reports AFP. To date, seventeen women have filed complaints against PPDA, eight of them for rape. Sixteen of them, whose complaints were closed in June for prescription, are currently the subject of a PPDA complaint for “slanderous denunciation”. A judicial investigation is still underway in Nanterre following the complaint by journalist Florence Porcel. In total, at least 27 women testified against PPDA in the press or in court, including two minors at the time of the alleged events.
The PPDA affair in dates
February 18, 2021: Complaint filed by Florence Porcel.
Early March 2021: The journalist is received on the TF1 Group program Daily and denies the charges outright.
March 15, 2021: The world reveals a dozen testimonies reporting “abuse of a dominant position” on the part of Patrick Poivre d’Arvor over the years.
March 16, 2021: French justice receives two other testimonies of facts “that can be qualified as rape”.
March 31, 2021: Patrick Poivre d’Arvor files a complaint for “slanderous denunciation” against Florence Porcel.
June 25, 2021: The investigation for rape, assault and sexual harassment targeting PPDA is dismissed for “prescription” or for “insufficient evidence”.
April 27, 2022: PPDA files a complaint for “slanderous denunciation”
April 28, 2022: A new rape complaint is filed against PPDA.