PORTRAIT. Jean-Luc Lahaye: Ddass, glory and prison, accused of rape of minors

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Jean-Luc Lahaye has been sleeping in prison since Friday evening, suspected of rape of minors. The singer, who denies the facts, has often said that he is attracted to young women. Return on an extraordinary course.

These are the women who allowed Jean-Luc Lahaye to be revealed to the general public. In 1982, he released the single “Woman I Love”. The success is immediate. A few months later, he released his first album and immediately made the opening acts for singer Linda de Suza and comedian Michel Leeb at the Olympia. Second album two years later which contains the single “Papa chanteur”, dedicated to his daughter. A tidal wave: 1,200,000 45s were sold.

A beautiful revenge on life for the young Jean-Luc Lahaeye. As a child, this young Parisian was placed at the Ddass (now Social Assistance for Children) and tossed from hostels to host families. It has the number 65RTP515. As a teenager, he learned the trade of fitter at Snecma (now renamed Safran). He will never exercise this profession. After a six-month stay in prison for car theft, he became Zizi Jeanmaire’s driver and bodyguard. Then becomes a bartender.

He then has an encounter that will change his life: Dalida. The singer, who frequents the establishment, opens the doors to her profession and even her daily life. As she does not like living alone, she rents him a small apartment on the top floor of her residence. Jean-Luc Lahaeye lived there for four years. In 1979, under the name of Jean-Luc Lahaye, he released his first 45 all “Mistress, mistress”. Without success. The next two won’t work either. Success finally came with “Women I Love” in 1982, a year after the liberalization of the FM band.

The Hundred Families Foundation

This childhood at the Ddass, Jean-Luc Lahaye does not forget it despite the success. He published the autobiographical book “Hundred Families” in 1985 then a second volume in 1988. In the meantime, he created the Hundred Families Foundation to help children “in need of parents”. President François Mitterrand inaugurated the premises in Clichy in the Paris region in 1986. The foundation still continues its activities and currently takes care of more than 120 children.

Prime time broadcasts on TF1

In 1987, when he gave several sold-out concerts at the Palais des sports in Paris, TF1 calls on Jean-Luc Lahaye to host his own show. “Lahaye d’honneur” combines variety and funding for charities. Today’s dumplings are the delight of bloopers. “Lahaye d’honneur” remains on the air for a year. When the show is deleted, the singer refuses to host Sunday afternoons on the front page.

At the end of the 80s, the albums of Jean-Jean-Luc Lahaye go unnoticed and the singles do not meet with success. Like many singers of the 80s, he is slowly falling into oblivion. He nevertheless continued to release records and to take advantage of his passions: motorcycles and parachute jumps.

In 2001, he opened a dinner-show, “le studio 287” in Aubervilliers in Seine Saint-Denis, which he transformed into a nightclub. On March 30, 2003, 150 customs, tax, Urssaf and police officers burst into the premises and noted numerous offenses relating to VAT, the employment of illegal immigrants and licenses to sell alcohol. Security guards, suspected of having hit customers, are arrested, says the Parisian at the time. In February 2004, Jean-Luc Lahaye sold the business. That same year, he won the show “Retour winner” with Jean-Pierre Foucault, which honored singers who received more media coverage than when they first started out. Like other old glories of the 80s, he took part in the “Stars 80” or “RFM party 80” tours.

First legal troubles in 2007

In January 2007, Jean-Luc Lahaye was sentenced for having had a sexual relationship with a minor under the age of 15. The Paris Criminal Court fined him 10,000 euros. The public prosecutor had requested a 2-year suspended prison sentence. The court had reclassified the facts as “sexual assault on a minor in a meeting”. At the hearing, Jean-Luc Lahaye’s lawyers had assured that the young girl had declared to be 19 years old and that she was consenting, then told the New Obs.

In February 2015, Jean-Luc Lahaye was arrested. He is tried for aggravated minor corruption. He had demanded sexual games from a 14-year-old teenager by webcam. Jean-Luc Lahaye was then sentenced to 1 year suspended sentence. He is not sentenced for the possession of child pornography images, contrary to rumors.

“I like young women. I don’t think it is a sin, nor a crime.”

Jean-Luc Lahaye does not hide his attraction for young women. In the book “Classified confidential” in 2016, he explains: “I love young women. I say it again, it’s my weakness (…) I have always said, proclaimed, that I liked girls more young than me. it is on them that I tend to turn in the street when they are pretty. I never hid it, it is not new. I do not think it is a sin, nor a crime. It may be a defect when you’re my age. I don’t know. I let the public judge me. “

Guest of Jean-Marc Morandini on Europe 1 in 2016 – he was 64 at the time – Jean-Luc Lahaye drives home the point: “I’m not going for a walk hand in hand with a 60-year-old woman. I prefer young people. It’s a flower garden for me. J ‘I have an abysmal deficit of affect and I find it in the eyes of a 20-25 year old girl. They only speak to me of the future, there is no past, that’s great “.

A year later, it is a line by Jean-Luc Lahaye that is controversial in the film “Stars 80, la suite”. He plays his own role and pronounces this sentence: “My friends will come! But at this hour, they are still in high school. Yep, they are passing their baccalaureate”. The association La Voix de l’Enfant considers the dialogue to be inappropriate. The singer’s lawyer replies that his client is “neither a dialogue writer, nor a director”. The scene is finally cut during the editing.

Arrested for rape of minors

Justice caught up with Jean-Luc Lahaye earlier this week. Arrested Wednesday, in police custody for two days, he was indicted for “rape and sexual assault on a minor over 15 years”. He has been sleeping at the Health prison in Paris since Friday evening.

Two young women aged 21 and 24 – met on the singer’s social networks whom they admired – would have filed a complaint last January for facts spanning from 2013 to 2018. The young women evoke “violent physical intercourse marked by beatings, humiliations and painful penetrations with sadomasochistic objects “. According to the JDD, “at least two other young girls with whom the singer had an affair would have been identified. Without judicial follow-up for the moment”.

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In police custody, Jean-Luc Lahaye admitted the sexual intercourse, explaining that it was consented, episodic and without violence. He is surprised at these late complaints. His lawyer, Me David Apelbaum, denounces in the Parisian “investigations carried out. Judicial information will help to restore the truth”. In the meantime, Jean-Luc Lahaye’s next concert, on December 19 at the Théâtre de l’Européen in Paris, is being maintained and tickets are still on sale. Certainly not for very long …