The young woman, aged 20, had filed a handrail at the police station in the 14th arrondissement of Paris on April 29. This Wednesday, lawyer Juan Branco was indicted on Tuesday for “rape” by an investigating judge, AFP learned on Wednesday from a source close to the case, confirming information from the Point. The young woman had met Juan Branco following discussions on the social network Instagram.
In this handrail, according to Point, the young woman claimed to have taken an opiate, lamaline, with Juan Branco. He had confirmed in Do not touch My TV, comparing this drug to doliprane. Juan Branco was placed in police custody on June 1 in the premises of the 1st DPJ, then released at the end of the day.
Juan Branco denies any forced relationship with the young woman
The handbook is intended to report facts to law enforcement but, unlike a complaint, does not constitute a request to initiate proceedings. The fact remains that “the person concerned was indicted yesterday on the count of “rape”. He was placed under judicial supervision,” a judicial source confirmed to AFP. An investigation had been opened by the Paris prosecutor’s office, entrusted to the first district of the Paris judicial police (1st DPJ).
In a long Facebook post, the lawyer and essayist had denied any forced relationship with the young woman. According to his version of the facts, after a walk in Paris, the couple would have gone to the home of Juan Branco and would have watched a film before having a consensual sexual relationship. The next morning, the young woman would have “kissed” him before leaving, still assured the lawyer. She would have returned in the evening “cold and troubled” announcing to him that she had filed a “handrail” on the advice of two friends. After the revelation of the charges, Juan Branco had assured, in a message to the press, that the complainant intended to “remove” her handrail as soon as possible.
“What he is accused of is baseless”
Juan Branco’s lawyer, Me Yassine Bouzrou, did not respond to AFP on Wednesday. However, he had indicated in a press release that “it is very clear that what he is accused of [à son client, Juan Branco] is unfounded and that this police custody was abusive”. But the Paris prosecutor’s office decided to entrust the investigations to an investigating judge.
Juan Branco is particularly known for a bestseller, the anti-Macron pamphlet Dusk, published online at the end of 2018 then published by Au Diable Vauvert/Massot in 2019. He became the lawyer for the Russian artist Piotr Pavlenski in the case of the broadcast in 2020 of the sexual video of the ex- government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux, then candidate for mayor of Paris. Juan Branco was placed at the end of January under the status of assisted witness in this investigation. He is also the subject of disciplinary proceedings by the Bar Council in the Griveaux case.