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JUSTICE – The information was announced on his social networks at 9.40 a.m., before being confirmed by his lawyer at Parisian then by a source close to the investigation at Agence France-Presse. The lawyer and essayist Juan Branco was summoned this Tuesday, June 1 to the premises of the first district of the Paris judicial police (1st DPJ) and was placed in police custody.
He is accused of rape by a 20-year-old woman who filed a handrail at the police station of the 14th arrondissement of Paris on April 29, already revealed by The Parisian, after meeting Juan Branco following discussions on the Instagram network.
In a long Facebook post, the lawyer and essayist had mentioned an agreed relationship with the young woman who accused him. Then he assured, in a message to the press, that the complainant intended to “withdraw” her handrail as soon as possible. The purpose of the handrail is to report facts to the police without constituting a request for prosecution, unlike a complaint.
In his handrail, according to the weekly Point, the young woman claimed to have taken lamaline, an opiate, with Juan Branco. He had confirmed in the program “Touche pas à mon poste” (C8), comparing this drug to doliprane.
He “wishes to be heard as soon as possible so that the prosecutor can dismiss this procedure without further action,” said his lawyer, Me Yassine Bouzrou. Contacted this Tuesday The HuffPost, it had not responded to our requests on Tuesday at 1 p.m., like the Paris prosecutor’s office.
Juan Branco is notably known for a bookstore success, the anti-Macron pamphlet “Crépuscule”, published online at the end of 2018 and then published by Au Diable Vauvert / Massot in 2019. He became the lawyer for the Russian artist Piotr Pavlenski in the case of the dissemination in 2020 of the video of a sexual nature of the former government spokesperson 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.
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