Tron trial: “the heart of this case is the grip”, plead the civil parties

Georges Tron has exploited a “hold” on his former collaborators who accuse him of rape and sexual assault, pleaded Monday the lawyers of the civil parties at the trial on appeal to the Paris assizes of the former secretary of state

According to two former employees of the town of Draveil (Essonne), the mayor LR imposed on them touching and digital penetrations between 2007 and 2010, generally during threesome scenes with his assistant to the Culture of the time, Brigitte Gruel. The two defendants deny en bloc and were acquitted at first instance.

“The heart of this file is the hold, the objectification, the subjugation. The power over the subjects which are a few elected officials and a handful of employees” at the town hall of Draveil, pleaded Me Loïc Guérin, lawyer of the complainant Eva Loubrieu.

The existence or not of a situation of constraint between the 63-year-old politician and his two accusers is one of the keys to the outcome of this affair which forced the former Secretary of State Georges Tron to resign from the government Fillon in 2011.

In 2018, although deeming the existence of sexual scenes credible, the Assize Court of Seine-Saint-Denis considered that there was no coercion, which characterizes rape and sexual assault in the code. criminal.

With their pleadings Monday, the civil parties hope to convince the court that this constraint manifested itself not physically, but in the form of a moral ascendancy, more insidious, on the part of an all-powerful elected official in his town hall.

“The hold here is special. It is dominated by the power, the profile of Mr. Tron. It benefits in a mechanical, efficient, lapped, oiled way,” said Me Guérin. He said that the councilor “targets” a certain type of women, whom he attracts by offering them a job in the town hall of Draveil.

Georges Tron denies any sexual relationship with the complainants, or even with his ex-assistant who appears at his side. He staunchly maintains that these complaints are part of a “plot” fomented by his political opponents in Essonne and intended to bring it down.

Brigitte Gruel, the former cultural assistant to the mayor of Draveil Georges Tron, leaving the Bobigny court on November 15, 2018, after her acquittal at first instance of the charges of rape and sexual assault on two former collaborators of the mayor (AFP / Archives – Geoffroy VAN DER HASSELT)

“This file is at the crossroads, paths that produce law, power, politics, social and cultural fact, and of course individual histories”, said in her plea Me Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon, lawyer of the European Association against Violence against Women at Work (AVFT), civil party in the case.

After more than three weeks of debate, the appeal trial of Georges Tron is approaching its epilogue on the Ile de la Cité in Paris. The indictment and defense pleadings must be delivered on Tuesday, before the deliberation expected on Wednesday.

Georges Tron and Brigitte Gruel face up to 20 years of criminal imprisonment.


Source: Challenges en temps réel : accueil by www.challenges.fr.

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