Pierre Ménès: justice opens a preliminary investigation into the actions of the former columnist on Canal +

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A preliminary investigation was opened by the public prosecutor’s office in Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine) concerning the alleged actions of Pierre Ménès when he was a journalist at Canal +.

Tuesday January 4 in Nanterre, an investigation was opened against the former columnist of Canal + Pierre Ménès for facts denounced by the journalist Marie Portolano in a documentary broadcast last March on the same channel, indicated the parquet floor of Nanterre.

After an internal Canal + investigation during which, according to our colleagues from BFMTV, seven people denounced acts of “sexual harassment” committed by Pierre Ménès when he was working for the channel, the Labor Inspectorate sent a report at the Nanterre public prosecutor’s office, which decided to open an investigation against the famous sports journalist. Also according to BFMTV, the investigations were entrusted to the Brigade for the repression of delinquency against people (BRDP).

Departure of Canal +

Among the seven testimonies reported are men and women, including Isabelle Moreau, a sports journalist who had been forcibly kissed on the Canal Football Club set in 2011 and Marie Portolano, another journalist to whom Pierre Ménès lifted her skirt, revealing her buttocks in front of the public, in 2016.

Facts denounced in the documentary “I am not a slut” broadcast in the first quarter of 2021 and which revealed the working conditions of sports journalists in France. Subsequently, Pierre Ménès was dismissed from Canal + in June 2021, before the journalist himself decided to leave the channel in July.