Report says Former deputy mayor of Paris denies sexual abuse accusations

Report says Former deputy mayor of Paris denies sexual abuse accusations

Paris’ former Deputy Mayor Christophe Girard on Monday denied accusations in an investigation by a man who says Girard sexually abused him as a teenager.

“Christophe Girard denies these denunciations and facts with the utmost firmness,” his lawyer Delphine Meillet told media, saying she would take legal action for “slanderous denunciation” against the American publication.

In the story published on Sunday, 46-year-old Aniss Hmaïd said Girard abused him first when he was 16, and then again over the following years, in exchange for jobs at his personal home and at the Yves Saint Laurent fashion house.

“He took advantage of my youth, of my young age and everything for his sexual pleasures,” Hmaïd said. “It ruined my life, in fact.’’

The accusations come less than a month after Girard had to step down over his long-standing ties to Gabriel Matzneff, a French writer who is under investigation for child rape and promoting pedophilia.

In July, a group of feminist activists gathered in front of Paris city hall to demand Girard’s resignation.

The Matzneff case shook the French political and cultural worlds, which stand accused of backing a man who publicly spoke of his pedophile behavior. Girard was backed by many in French politics after he eventually had to resign in late July. At the time, Girard himself wasn’t accused of sexual misconduct.

“I’m disgusted,” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted then. “In what democracy do we live where the law is trampled underfoot by rumour, confusion and suspicion? My full support for my friend Christophe Girard.”

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