PARIS (AP) – French prosecutors have dropped an investigation into incestuous sexual abuse of a 14-year-old teenager by a prominent French political commentator, a case that has sparked an online movement against similar abuses.
The Paris prosecutor’s office had investigated political scientist and media commentator Olivier Duhamel on potential charges of rape of his teenage stepson in the 1980s, but said in a statement on Monday that the alleged abuses took place too long ago. long time to sue.
The prosecutor’s office suggested the charges were substantial enough to warrant prosecution if there was no statute of limitations.
The accusations became public in January in a book by Duhamel’s daughter-in-law Camille Kouchner, which described her twin brother’s alleged abuse when they were 14. She wrote that they spoke about it in the late 2000s with family and friends, but no one has sought to hold Duhamel accountable.
The book sparked an online #MeTooIncest movement in France that has led to tens of thousands of similar testimonials.
Duhamel resigned his post at the prestigious Sciences Po University and his media engagements after the accusations emerged. French media said Duhamel admitted the sexual abuse to investigators.
It was among several high-profile cases of alleged sexual abuse of minors in France that prompted the government to further efforts this year to set an age of consent and make it easier to prosecute landmark crimes by extending statute of limitations.