She says she has “Always been very afraid of his father” and fear of “To hurt others than oneself” by testifying. Coline Berry-Rojtman, the daughter of actor Richard Berry, filed a complaint on January 21 against her father and his ex-girlfriend, singer Jeane Manson, for “Acts of rape or incestuous sexual assault, and corruption of a minor” around the years 1984-1985. The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation and the forty-something, who has become an artist’s agent, was heard at length last Thursday by investigators from the brigade for the protection of minors. She spoke for the first time publicly, in an interview broadcast this Monday by France info. Said to be aware that his complaint “Was not going to be passed over in silence” : “I know that I denounced even more than the facts. I denounced the image he built for himself ”, she said.
“It was that or I die”
Coline was 17 and was crossing “Attacks of anorexia and bulimia”, when she first reported to her mother, actress Catherine Hiegel, “Sexual games” from his father, reports The Parisian in an article published this Monday. At this time, she is not ready to turn to justice. “There are several periods in my life when I thought about taking this step, times when, of course, it was not prescribed at all”, she explains calmly to France Info, ensuring that she has “More or less successful in managing certain traumas”. In the Parisian, the producer Romain Rojtman, ex-husband of Coline who “Spent 14 years with her”, says that “This incest has always been very present in [leur] life”.
It’s reading Camille Kouchner’s book, The Big Family, in which the author recounts the sexual abuse committed by her stepfather, political scientist Olivier Duhamel, on her then 13-year-old twin brother, who decided her. “It was the alignment, the addition, resumes Coline Berry-Rojtman, I felt it physically, that is to say that it was that or I die, in fact ”. She speaks with a gesture «vital» : “The harm that I did has become stronger than the one I was afraid to inflict on him”. “I also exposed my family, my children, to media coverage that is heavy to bear, she added, but the negative side effects are less important than the benefit ”. In a post published on February 2 on his Instagram account, Richard Berry denied “all [ses] forces and unambiguously these filthy accusations “ and assured not to have “Never had an inappropriate or incestuous relationship with Coline, nor with any [s]his children ”.
Coline Berry-Rojtman ensures for his part “To have had exchanges” with his father in an attempt to confront him with the alleged facts. “But either he minimizes them by considering them as anecdotal. Either he considers that it is the fault of Jeane Manson, whose sexual freedom he would have suffered ”. Richard Berry’s postures vary, she also claims that he sometimes “Mad treat”. The newspaper The world, which posted on February 3 an investigation into this caseRichard Berry said he wanted to request a psychiatric expertise from his daughter, which she said then did not fear.
The need for “recognition of the facts”
The facts are time barred, but it doesn’t matter. Coline Berry-Rojtman says not to seek a conviction, only that “Would not bring him anything”. For her, what matters is the “Recognition of the facts”. She repeated this term three times during the interview at France info, highlighting in “need”. “I simply need that reality, the truth be put in front, that the law is put in front of what I lived”, she insists. She deplores the “Denial” from his father, “A destruction that is added to the tear”. At this stage, she does not regret his approach. “I can allow […] to give courage to others to speak up […] to point out at the level of society the need that we, the victims, have to express themselves ”, she says. By filing a complaint, she says that she felt “Relieved” of something : “It might be very candid, but I’m calm and it calmed me down. I am completely relieved “.