Last year, publisher Vanessa Springora accused award-winning author Gabriel Matzneff of molesting her as a minor. He had never hidden himself from having sex with teenage girls and boys, but long enjoyed the complaint of his literary entourage.
In 2019, Adèle Haenel, a movie star, accused a director, Christophe Ruggia, of sexually molesting her when she was still a teenager. Ms. Haenel left the French César film awards last year when director Roman Polanski, wanted for the legal rape of a 13-year-old girl in the United States, won Best Director.
Ms. Kouchner is open about her anger at this artistic world, which, as she sees it, is located in fashionable districts on the left bank of Paris. “Very quickly,” she writes, “the microcosm of the rulers of Saint-Germain-des-Prés was informed. Lots of people knew and most of them pretended nothing had happened. “She continues,” This silence is not just cowardice. Some are happy to be calm. This commitment confirms their belonging to a particular world. “
It was unclear exactly who she was referring to and she offered no evidence.
The settings may start to change. The French prosecutor immediately said he had opened an investigation into Mr Duhamel for rape of minor and sexual aggression. He said the investigation would see if the crimes Mr Duhamel is accused of fall within the French statute of limitations, as well as looking into the possibility of other victims.
Sciences Po issued a statement condemning “all forms of sexual violence” and declaring “his shock and amazement” at the “very grave allegations made against Olivier Duhamel, the former president of the board of trustees managing Sciences Po”. In a message to the donors, she added: “The fight against sexual and gender-based violence is at the heart of the core values and actions of our institution.”
Mr Duhamel also parted ways with Europe 1, the radio station where he had a weekly show, and LCI, the television station where he was a regular political commentator. He deleted his Twitter account after announcing his resignation.
In the book, a copy of which was obtained from the New York Times, Ms. Kouchner quotes her brother who told her at the time what Mr. Duhamel had done: “He came to my bed and said, ‘I’ll show you. You will see, everyone does that. ‘He petted me and then you know? “Her brother, she writes, implored her:” Respect this secret. I promised him so you promise me If you speak I will die. “