“He put his hand in my panties”
— TPMP (@TPMP) September 20, 2022
This Monday, September 19, Release unveiled a long investigation against Patrick Poivre d’Arvor. We discover the testimony of three plaintiffs, including that of the writer Bénédicte Martin, author of “Warm Up”, a collection of erotic short stories which made a lot of noise when it was released in 2003.
Noticed by Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, the latter invites her to come and follow his news and discuss her career in his office. She is then the victim of a terrible sexual assault, which she recounts this evening on the set of TPMP on C8.
While the offices of TF1 are emptying, the writer, then aged 23, is waiting for Patrick Poivre d’Arvor in his office perched at the top of the TF1 tower. He then takes her around the owner before discussing her career, her inspirations… But the conversation deviates very quickly. Patrick Poivre d’Arvor becomes more and more indiscreet, then evoking the weight of the young woman. He then tells her that he wants to help her feed herself, that he is well aware of anorexism since her daughter, Solenne, has suffered from it.
A discussion that begins to make Bénédicte Martin more and more uncomfortable. As PPDA paces around his office, things get out of hand. “He circled around the chair on which I was sitting, facing his desk, and, from behind, he made me an armbar. We tipped over on the carpet and I struggled as he tried to put his hands in my panties by lifting my skirt and lowering my tights,” reveals the now 44-year-old woman writer. The ex-companion of Jean-Paul Rouve then explains how she tried to escape this aggression: “There, I pretended, I said to myself: not me, not me, I do not want, and therefore I I pushed her face away with my hand, firmly. I told him ‘Patrick we deserve better, not like this, something prettier’, and it worked. He got up, he went behind his desk, he took out a notebook and I ran away”.
Alone, the young woman then waits for a taxi for more than half an hour, with the fear of being overtaken by her attacker.
After that, she tried to talk to her editor, Frédéric Beigbeder, then stationed at Flammarion. “He served me his famous laugh as if it were a joke”. The writer Michel Houellebecq, present at that time, was not more shocked. A complicity that the writer denounces.
Bénédicte Martin’s complaint adds to the long list of women who have testified against the former JT star, Patrick Poivre d’Arvor. Until now, the former star of TF1 has always denied the facts alleged against him by around thirty women. A preliminary investigation and a judicial inquiry have been opened against him.