The family of Guillaume, a student who committed suicide and whose testimony sparked a #MeTooGay movement in January, would like an investigation to examine the possible responsibility of the elected official he had accused of rape. This was announced on Monday, in a press release, the lawyer of the young man’s relatives, Me Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon.
On January 21 on Twitter, Guillaume, 20, accused of rape a communist adviser to the town hall of Paris, Maxime Cochard, and the latter’s companion, a tweet which released the word of hundreds of homosexual men victims of violence sex under the hashtag #MeTooGay. The elected official immediately contested these accusations. On February 9, Guillaume T. was found dead, hanged in his room on the Nanterre campus (Hauts-de-Seine). The local prosecutor’s office had opened an investigation to examine the causes of his death.
Me Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon indicated to have been mandated by the family of the student to seize the “parquet of Paris of a complaint against X for willful violence having resulted in the death without intention to give it”. In these circumstances, it is usually the violation of «provocation to suicide ”, an offense punishable by three years in prison, which is invoked. It requires demonstrating an explicit incitement to suicide as well as the perpetrator’s intention to lead the victim to it.
But against all expectations, the lawyer chose here a criminal qualification, that called “fatal blows”, punishable by 15 years of imprisonment. It requires demonstrating a willingness on the part of the accused to cause physical harm to the victim and that this harm be the direct cause of death.. «Guillaume […] left no letter to explain his act, and he therefore takes with him the inner reason that will ultimately determine his act “, continues the lawyer, before listing the “willful violence” which, according to her, could have caused her gesture, implicitly attributing them to Maxime Cochard and the companion of the chosen one.
“The people questioned replied not through the courts as they first claimed but first through the media to discredit, discredit and denigrate Guillaume, which could constitute another violence”, writes Me Tuaillon-Hibon.
Mr. Cochard’s lawyer, Me Fanny Colin, denounced this legal action against her client to AFP who, she said, “Will have been wrong only to defend his innocence”. “Mr. Cochard and his spouse, whose social and professional lives were pulverized by five tweets from Guillaume T., totally deny having subjected him to any physical or moral constraint whatsoever ”, said the lawyer, who previously defendedu “a consensual act, between adults”.
The filing of a defamation complaint, announced after the tweets were published, was to “Be implemented within the short period of three months” and “Today is impossible” given the student’s death, she said.