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LCP: The journalist who lodged a complaint of sexual assault resigns

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT – | Session of the Government, November 8, 2017 at the National Assembly in Paris

LCP journalist Astrid de Villaines, who has lodged a complaint of sexual assault against the star speaker of the parliamentary channel Frederic Haziza, has resigned, she told AFP, confirming information from the letter of the ‘audio-visual.

“I would have preferred to leave in other circumstances, but the context was too heavy,” said the journalist, who resigned Friday, failing to obtain a conventional break after seven years at LCP. The management of the chain was unreachable Sunday to confirm.

Ⓒ AFP – MARTIN BUREAU – | The presenter of LCP Frédéric Haziza, during the broadcast of a program on May 14, 2013, in Paris

His departure is linked to the reinstatement of Frederic Haziza, she said, but also to the proposal that was made by another drafting.

“It’s for a very short contract and nothing is signed,” she said, without giving the name of the media. She added that she had been trying to negotiate her friendly departure from LCP for some time, but without success.

Frédéric Haziza, who was suspended in November after Astrid de Villaines complained of sexual assault in 2014, was reinstated in early January. This decision aroused the anger of some of the editorial staff, who voted a no-confidence vote against the leaders of the chain Marie-Eve Malouines and Eric Moniot.

Management had justified this reinstatement by the fact that an internal investigation had concluded that since the sanction received in 2014 (a warning), Frederic Haziza had not behaved inappropriately.

The Society of Journalists (SDJ) challenged the findings of the investigation report, which it found truncated. She also regretted the “deleterious climate” and “suffering at work in the chain”, denouncing “some false declarations of the President, even attempts to intimidate”. Dated points by Marie-Eve Malouines.

In his complaint, Astrid de Villaines indicates that Frederic Haziza “pinched his left buttock” after having blocked the passage in the offices of the chain.

It was the liberation of women’s voices, following the #Metoo movement and the Weinstein affair, which decided her to bring the case to the criminal court, she told AFP. A preliminary inquiry was opened by the Paris public prosecutor’s office.

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – THOMAS SAMSON – | Marie-Eve Malouines, May 12, 2015 in Paris

Candidate for her own succession at the head of the parliamentary channel, Marie-Eve Malouines defended herself in front of the deputies at the beginning of last week: “I represent myself anyway, because this campaign which targets me has nothing to do with reality, “she said.

While his term ends in June, two other candidates are in the running, the journalists Bertrand Delais and Thierry Guerrier. It is the president of the National Assembly François de Rugy who will decide in March.

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