Éric Dupond-Moretti targeted by a complaint for threats against a lawyer

The Keeper of the Seals, then a lawyer, allegedly insulted a colleague and threatened her physically.

A complaint against the Keeper of the Seals Éric Dupond-Moretti was filed Tuesday, September 21 at the Evreux court, according to revelations from Mediapart and HuffPost. According to the two sources, it is a criminal lawyer, Nathalie Tomasini, who accuses the minister of “intentional violence of a psychological nature», «unconditional threats of willful bodily harm” and “threats of crimes or misdemeanors against persons holding public authority or similar“.

The case dates back to February 2020, when Éric Dupond-Moretti was still a lawyer. He then defended a man accused of having murdered his ex-spouse, while Nathalie Tomasini defended the civil parties. Several attacks would have enamelled the hearings, held from February 10 to 14. According to HuffPost, which consulted the complaint file, Nathalie Tomasini reports “extremely derogatory and violent remarksheld against her and that of another civil party lawyer by Éric Dupond-Moretti. They would have called them “hysterical” and of “bitches of whores“, or even of”disgrace of the bar“. The aunt of the deceased, who testified for the filing of the complaint, confirms having heard him grumble, in a sufficiently intelligible way, the expression “bitches of whores“. The person adds that the lawyer would “paraded in front of the jurors holding one of the sealed shotguns“. She adds that she hadthe barrel of this weapon pointed in (his) direction“.

Nathalie Tomasini would also have reported physical threats on February 11, 2020 “with a raised fist“. A testimony again corroborated, this time by the general counsel of the trial Brigitte Blind. A psychiatrist close to Nathalie Tomasini summarizes the incident as follows, after having spoken to her friend:His condition on the phone showed signs of anxiety disorders, typical of traumatic eventsshe recalls. “Mr. Éric Dupond-Moretti, lawyer for the opposing party, would have, according to his words, treated her of: ‘bastard bitch’ and would also have raised his fist in her direction, saying ‘I don’t know what is holding me back.. .‘”.

A “blackmail”, for the entourage of the minister

Place Vendôme, the Minister’s entourage reacted promptly and underlined that the complainant “tried to integrate, against his silence, commissions launched by the Keeper of the Seals“. We add: “She also tried again to get the minister to issue a public apology on prime time television“.

The Minister couldfile a complaint for slanderous denunciation“in front of a”blackmail attempt“, being surprised that the lawyer”did not immediately report, as would have been his duty, to the president of the assize court, the local president of the bar and his president of the acts of which she was allegedly the victim“. Nathalie Tomasini, who was to defend Valérie Bacot last June, claims to have deferred her complaint so as not to harm the interests of this client. The lawyer claimsacknowledgment of harm», as well as a symbolic euro.

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