Jean-Jacques Bourdin suspected of sexual assault: justice opens an investigation against the BFMTV journalist

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The Paris prosecutor’s office is opening an investigation against Jean-Jacques Bourdin. The RMC and BFMTV journalist is suspected of sexual assault. A former employee of the audiovisual group denounces the actions of Jean-Jacques Bourdin in 2013. The latter vigorously denies the facts.

An investigation for suspicion of sexual assault was opened after the complaint filed by a former BFMTV / RMC journalist against journalist Jean-Jacques Bourdin, the Paris prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday. The investigations were entrusted to the police station of the XVIth arrondissement.

The complainant is a former journalist for BFMTV and RMC who filed a complaint, received on January 14 by the Paris prosecutor’s office, at the 16th arrondissement police station. This 33-year-old woman, who worked “for several years” with the journalist at the morning of BFMTV/RMC, claims that he “grabbed her by the neck and tried to kiss her several times” in a swimming pool of a hotel in Calvi (Haute-Corse) in 2013, during a business trip, according to the newspaper account The Parisian published on Saturday confirmed by Me Laure Heinich, the complainant’s lawyer.

This journalist would have “struggled” and would have managed to get out of the pool. Jean-Jacques Bourdin would then have said: “I always get what I want”. Then he would have sent him, still according to this account, “for several months insistent emails and SMS”. These facts are possibly prescribed.

Jean-Jacques Bourdin denies

The host denied these accusations. “I know this person, and I have worked with her. I admit having bathed with her in the swimming pool of this hotel. But I have never tried to kiss her by force, neither her nor anyone else. ‘other’, he replied to the daily The Parisian.

The Altice Media group, owner of RMC and BFMTV, announced Sunday to launch an internal investigation “to ensure that no fact of this type has been brought to the attention of the managers or colleagues of the interested parties (complainant and questioned)”. “We are not minimizing this accusation or giving it a disproportionate dimension”, had declared to the Parisian Marc-Olivier Fogiel, director general of BFMTV, ensuring that “there is nothing preventing Jean-Jacques Bourdin from doing his job”.

Should he stay on the air?

The LDS of BFMTV, RMC and RMC Sport for their part wondered “about the relevance of keeping Jean-Jacques Bourdin on the air during the investigation”. The management of Altice Media had specified to follow “with the greatest attention the possible developments of this affair” and had said that it was ready to take “all the measures which could be necessary according to its evolution”.

Jean-Jacques Bourdin is preparing to launch his new political program “France in the eyes”, an interview conducted in the region and live with the main candidates for the Elysée, inaugurated this Tuesday evening by Valérie Pécresse in Corrèze.