a third woman denounces sexual assault and attempted rape – Release

A new woman in “Mediapart” accuses the Solidarity minister of deviant behavior. She clearly evokes an attempted rape. Damián Abad denies it.

An attempted rape. A new testimony, collected by media part, calls into question again the Minister of Solidarity, Damián Abad, in the midst of a legislative campaign. This woman, from the center and right-wing parties, describes an elected official who feels “almighty”that I would have had gestures and words “displaced” in the professional context, in particular with regard to women of his party with a lower status.

Similarities with a first testimony

Laëtitia, name chosen by media part, is an elected centrist. His story dates back to the years 2009 and 2010 and is supported by several other testimonies. This describes a “unhealthy climate” and sexist within the federation of Young Centrists of which she is president. Damien Abad has just been elected MEP. Laëtitia explains how she would be the now minister “got sticky”kissing him and taking the opportunity to put his hands on his body and chest.

but it’s a party “in the first half of 2010” that made a special mark on her. At the end of a dinner with directors of the New Center organized at the Ministry of Defense by Hervé Morin – then minister and president of the party – Damien Abad would have invited a small group, including Laëtitia, to a party with him. , in the Latin Quarter of Paris, writes media part.

During the evening, the deputy would have been “overexcited” Y “in a feeling of omnipotence”, according to her. he would have it “offered a drink”at the bottom of which it says he saw “anything”. “I didn’t know what it was, I was suspicious because of his past behavior, I was afraid that he had put something in me to annoy me”, she says. She says she went right away. “to spit” his sip in the toilet.

His story has similarities with the testimony of Chloé, who accuses Damien Abad of having her “drugged”. “When I read your story, it reminded me a lot of mine”explains Laëtitia, who had “I found these things at the bottom of the glass strange enough to relate [ses] friends”. This is also what several of the people she confided in when they discovered the revelations of media partas evidenced by the messages and various testimonies collected.

“I was scared, I was stupefied”

Laëtitia explains that when she came out of the bathroom that night, Damien Abad was waiting for her “behind the door”. According to his story, everything would have gone “very fast” : the deputy would have “shoved into a room across the street”, then i would have told him “crazy things”“You will feel it happen, it is huge” ; “Go ahead, suck me” . “You would have thought I was in a tough movie.” She claims that he would “pushed [sa] head”towards his crotch, “His dick hadn’t come out, but his pants were open.”

she says she was “extremely surprised by his strength”,although at that time she was “Very athletic”. “My head was trapped under his arm and against his chest, I couldn’t get out, I was scared, I was dumbstruck. I struggled, I punched him in the stomach.” ensures. then I would have “The roles are completely reversed” according to her : “It was horrible, he had just attacked me and started whimpering, like he was the victim. Still squeezing my head, he repeated unsteadily: “But why don’t you want to sleep with me? Is it because I am disabled? But disabled or not, I wouldn’t sleep with a man who attacks me.

Damián Abad, who is seeking a new mandate as deputy on Sunday in Ain, denounces for his part the “carefully chosen timing of these posts”and the “bias”of the Mediapart investigation, which, according to him, is motivated “Politics” . “As for the reported complaints, they stir me up and I categorically refute them” he adds.

These accusations are added to those published by the online media on May 20, the day after the appointment of Damián Abad as Minister of Solidarity, Autonomy and Disability: two women, cited by Mediapart, accused the new minister of having raped in 2010 and 2011.

According to the Paris prosecutor’s office, one of them – who confirmed her story to AFP – filed two complaints, but these two complaints were dismissed in 2012, then in 2017, first for “deficiency of the complainant”,after ‘in the absence of a sufficiently serious crime’.

As for the other accuser, the Prosecutor’s Office announced on May 25 that it was not opening a preliminary investigation “as it stands” on the facts that she denounces, due to the lack of any element that would allow her to be identified. Her testimony was effectively transmitted to justice anonymously, by the Observatory of sexist and sexual violence in politics.

“Is Damián Abad worthy of exercising his functions and working for the general interest?”questioned this association on Tuesday after the new revelations from Médiapart, adding “That the lack of reaction, in the State, could be interpreted only as a validation by the government of this type of violent behavior towards women.”

Updated at 21:30 with the reactions of Damián Abad and the Observatory of sexist and sexual violence in politics.

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