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Veteran Canadian model Linda Evangelista has defended the accusers, claiming that her ex-husband sexually assaulted and raped them.
Gerald Marie, the former president of the European division of Elite Model Management, is currently under investigation in France after several women accused him of inappropriate behavior and rape, and Evangelista is siding with the alleged victims.
“During my relationship with Gerald Marie, I knew nothing about these sexual allegations against him, so I couldn’t help these women,” Evangelista, who was married to Marie from 1987 to 1993, told The Guardian in a new interview.
“Hearing them now, and based on my own experiences, I believe they are telling the truth. It breaks my heart because these are wounds that might never heal, and I admire their courage and strength to speak out today.
Marie denied all the charges against him and “intends to participate actively in the manifestation of the truth within the framework of the open criminal investigation”, according to his lawyers.