Paris | A dozen ex-models who accuse former fashion figures of having raped them in the 1980s or 1990s, some when they were minors, demanded Tuesday the imprescriptibility of sexual crimes against minors.
The Dutch Thysia Huisman claims to have been “drugged and raped” in 1991 by Jean-Luc Brunel, former boss of the model agency Karin Models. He was charged and jailed in December for “rape” and is contesting the charges.
“I didn’t say anything to the police at the time: I was so scared, I was so ashamed. It almost destroyed me, ”she said very moved, in English, during a conference in the French Senate.
“You must eliminate the prescription for victims of sexual abuse,” said Lesa Amoore, addressing parliamentarians, also in English.
This other ex-model, now a photographer, says she was a victim for three years, in the early 1990s, of Gerald Marie, who headed the “Europe” branch of Elite.
“I’m still ashamed. I am not completely healed. I hope that the limitation can be lifted “, also declared in English Jill Dodd, who accuses Gerald Marie of having raped her Gerald Marie” denies with dismay these false and defamatory allegations “, had indicated his lawyer Me Céline Bekerman to the ‘AFP in early September.
Twelve women and a former BBC journalist, Lisa Brinkworth, at the origin of the investigation opened in September 2020 in Paris targeting Mr. Marie, spoke Tuesday at this conference, which was under embargo until Wednesday: some from Paris, most via the Internet.
Lawyer for many declared victims of MM. Marie and Brunel, Me Anne-Claire Le Jeune indicated that “the extension of the limitation periods still seems insufficient because of the traumatic amnesia but also of the psychological consequences on the victims” and pleaded for an “imprescriptibility of sexual crimes” on minors.
Senator Nathalie Goulet, who chaired the conference, indicated her wish for a “revision of the limitation periods and the obligation of a code of good conduct for agents and agents”.
The French parliament adopted a law in April which notably provides for a mechanism allowing, under certain conditions, the limitation period of 30 years for rape of a minor to be extended if the same person subsequently rapes another child.
But like these ex-models, some associations and personalities demand that crimes against minors, which victims can take decades to denounce, be declared imprescriptible.