According to his story published by Mediapart on Tuesday, June 14, 2010, Minister of Solidarity Damien Abad is being accused of sexual violence by at least two women.
Damien Abad is running for a new mandate on Sunday as deputy in Ain. He denounced to AFP "carefully selected calendar of these publications" along with the "partiality” of the Mediapart investigation. According to him, it has a motivation "Politics". Damien Abad sent an AFP message saying that the "alliances" he had made are offensive to him and that he categorically rejects them.
"Laetitia", a "centrist elected officer", claims that Damien Abad tried to rape her at a party he hosted in Paris in the first quarter of 2010. Me Raphaele Bialkiewicz his lawyer told Mediapart she was "collecting and cross-checking elements with a view towards providing all the follow-ups".
Laetitia claims that Damien Abad offered her a glass at the bottom on the night of the events. She saw something suspicious and she decided to take a sip in the toilet. According to this woman's story, Damien Abad was waiting behind the toilets exit door for her. Everything went "very quickly." The MEP would have "pushed" her into the opposite room and then tried to force her to have a fellatio.
"I was afraid, I was flabbergasted. She said that she struggled and punched him in his stomach. "Laetitia" claims that she was finally able "get rid" of her attacker and left the room due to the intrusion of a guest.
Mediapart claims that she has spoken to eight people who have testified about the facts this woman reported. These accusations follow those made public by online media on May 20th, the day after Damien Abad was appointed Minister of Solidarity, Autonomy and Disabled People. Medipart quotes two women who accuse Abad of rape in 2010 and 2011.
According to the Paris prosecutor, one of them - she confirmed her story to AFP – filed a complaint twice. These two complaints were first dismissed in 2012, then again in 2017 for "deficiency by the complainant" and then "in the absence a sufficiently grave offense".
The testimony of the other accuser was sent to justice by the Observatory for gender-based violence. However, the prosecution stated on May 25 it would not open a preliminary investigation. These charges are for the lack of an "element allowing identification of the victim".