ATaccused of rape by a former trainee, renowned lawyer Alex Ursulet was indicted on Thursday for “rape by a person in authority” and placed under judicial control, as AFP learned on Friday from a judicial source, confirming the information from Mediapart.
This renowned criminal lawyer, former defender of the serial murderer Guy Georges or the former mayor of Grenoble Alain Carignon, has been targeted since September 25, 2019 by a complaint for “rape” and “sexual harassment” filed by a woman who had carried out a internship in her Paris office in January 2018. In her complaint, she recounts having been raped there by Alex Ursulet, after a lunch where the latter would have been insistent.
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She produces witness statements and copies of text messages. Mand Ursulet had for his part filed a complaint for “slanderous denunciation”, but also for “false” and “attempted fraud in judgment”. After two days in police custody in June 2020 and a confrontation with the complainant where “each [était] remained on its positions”, according to the comment at the time of a source close to the file, the parquet floor had opened a judicial investigation for “rape by person having authority” and asked for its indictment.
Mand Ursulet emerged free from the interrogation before the examining magistrate, under the status of assisted witness, intermediate between that of simple witness and that of indicted. Thursday’s indictment “is the logically expected continuation of this case. It is important that the judge can continue to carry out her investigation calmly, “said Ms.and Thibault Laforcade, Bordeaux lawyer for the complainant.
“Indictment for rape is in the air”
“The indictment for rape is in tune with the times. It does not matter that there is no new element for eighteen months or countless contradictions and impossibilities, it does not matter that nothing justifies this indictment, neither the urgency, nor the file, nor anything, it is like that! “, criticized M.and Marie Burguburu, one of Ms.and Ursulet.
“The advantage is that this indictment gives the defense of Alex Ursulet rights that it did not have before […] He will therefore finally be able to defend himself, ”she added. The Council of the order, seized of the facts, had struck off the Paris bar on December 31, 2019. A hearing on the appeal of this decision will take place on January 20 next at the Paris Court of Appeal.