CNC President Emmanuel Boutonnat on trial over alleged sexual assault

Dominique Boutonnat, the president of France’s most powerful entertainment authority, the National Film Board (CNC), has been put on trial for allegedly sexually assaulting his 22-year-old godson. diversity has confirmed.

Boutonnat has just been appointed by the French government for a second three-year mandate as president, despite being charged with alleged sexual assault since February 2021.

As early as April, after a 14-month investigation, the Nanterre prosecutor’s office requested that the Boutonnat case be brought before a criminal court. A judge has now ruled that Boutonnat must be tried. The AFP news agency was the first to report it.

The alleged sexual assault happened in August 2020 while on a family vacation in Greece. Boutonnat’s godson, who is now either 23 or 24, filed a complaint with police about two months later, on October 7, accusing Boutonnat of sexual assault and attempted rape. According to AFP, prosecutors have ruled out the attempted rape charge but maintain the allegation of sexual assault.

Boutonnat, a former producer and financier who was appointed president of the CNC in July 2019, is known for having close ties to President Emmanuel Macron. His re-election was backed by France’s new culture minister, Rima Abdul Malak, who told Le Parisien newspaper in June that the presumption of innocence had to be respected as the verdict had not yet been announced.

Several film organisations, including the SRF (France’s Guild of Directors) and 50/50, the feminist and advocacy group, issued statements protesting the prospect of giving Boutonnat a second mandate, but to no avail.

Despite his legal woes, Boutonnat has maintained a high profile at industry events. The manager was attending the Venice Film Festival and also appeared in Cannes and at the French television festival Series Mania in Lille, where he spoke on behalf of the CNC. CNC President Emmanuel Boutonnat on trial over alleged sexual assault

Charles Jones

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