French police on Wednesday (Feb 12) raided the headquarters of the corporate that printed the works of Gabriel Matzneff, accused of raping a minor, as a date was set for his trial on a cost of justifying paedophilia.
The search at publishing firm Gallimard’s Paris workplaces was carried out by a police unit specialised in investigating violence towards minors, a supply near the probe instructed AFP.
Investigators had been in search of written passages that by no means appeared in any of Matzneff’s printed work, stated the supply.
Prosecutors on Jan three launched a rape investigation after a bombshell guide by writer Vanessa Springora claimed she had a sexual relationship with the creator three many years in the past, beginning when she was 14.
In her guide “Le Consentement” (Consent), Springora described how her seduction by Matzneff, now 83, left lasting scars.
Matzneff has by no means made any secret of his desire for intercourse with adolescent women and boys, together with on journeys to Asia.
Within the mid-1970s, he printed a infamous essay known as “Les Moins de Seize Ans” (The underneath 16s).
In an interview in 2008, he stated he had “self-censored” sure parts of his writings he feared can be judged “particularly scandalous”, and hid these away in a financial institution secure.
The secure had been “positioned” by investigators, in keeping with the Mediapart investigative web site.
Matzneff has lengthy been tolerated, admired and even protected in Paris literary circles. In 2013, he received the distinguished Renaudot prize.
However Gallimard stated in January it was halting the sale of his works, and Matzneff dangers dropping two main state honours as officer of Arts and Letters and knight of the Order of Nationwide Benefit.
He stated in an interview with French tv in January that he “regrets” his journeys to Asia to have intercourse with minors, claiming that on the time “nobody ever stated it was against the law”.
On Tuesday, police launched an attraction for witnesses and victims to come back ahead within the case.
Confirming a Mediapart report, a supply instructed AFP that investigators are additionally serious about Christian Giudicelli, Matzneff’s editor at Gallimard and journey companion to the Philippines.
In a separate authorized case, Matzneff shall be tried on Sept 28, 2021, for “justification” of paedophile acts for statements he had made within the media in response to Springora’s allegations.
Costs towards him had been introduced by anti-paedophilia group l’Ange Bleu (Blue Angel). The listening to shall be held on the Paris felony courtroom.