José Manuel Gonçalvès, the boss of Centquatre-Paris, suspended during an administrative investigation

The director of Centquatre-Paris, José Manuel Gonçalvès, is suspended from his duties during an administrative investigation within the cultural establishment, following a report and as part of a “procedure relating to violence sexual and sexist,” Le Cent quatre reported on Saturday, February 3

José Manuel Gonçalvès, the boss of Centquatre-Paris, suspended during an administrative investigation

The director of Centquatre-Paris, José Manuel Gonçalvès, is suspended from his duties during an administrative investigation within the cultural establishment, following a report and as part of a “procedure relating to violence sexual and sexist,” Le Cent quatre reported on Saturday, February 3.

This artistic establishment of the City of Paris was informed by its president, Carine Rolland, assistant for culture, “that the City of Paris had received a report targeting José Manuel Gonçalvès, director […], as part of facts likely to constitute a criminal offense of personal injury", he asserts, in a press release published "in agreement with the City of Paris" and sent to Agence France-Presse.

“The facts mentioned were allegedly committed within the framework of the director's duties during a business trip,” adds the establishment, which speaks following information published on the Télérama magazine website. “Consequently, an administrative investigation was launched within the establishment. It was entrusted to the general inspection of the City of Paris and concerns procedures relating to sexual and gender-based violence.

No details on the facts which motivated the investigation

The establishment adds that the director “is subject to an administrative suspension measure, as a precautionary measure, for a maximum period of four months”. However, it does not mention the filing of a complaint, nor does it give more precise details on the facts which motivated the investigation.

According to Centquatre, an “extraordinary board of directors was convened by the president in order to inform the directors of the situation.” The teams were also informed. Clémentine Aubry, general secretary, assistant to the director, acts on an interim basis during the investigation.

“The City of Paris reiterates its attachment to the presumption of innocence and that it will always combat sexual and gender-based violence with the greatest firmness and will always be at the side of the victims,” the text further says.

Located in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, the Centquatre houses performance halls, but also free spaces for artistic practices, and defines itself as a place for “artistic residencies, production and dissemination of arts for audiences and artists of the whole world ".