The investigation into the possible responsibility of a Parisian elected official for the suicide in 2021 of Guillaume T., a student who accused him of rape and whose testimony had sparked a #MeTooGay movement, has been dismissed, a-t -we learned Friday from a source close to the file.

The investigation was closed on May 3, the Paris prosecutor's office confirmed to AFP.

“This ranking does not surprise me.

All the accusations were false, those of rape and those of violence, ”reacted Me Fanny Colin, lawyer for Maxime Cochard, adviser to the town hall of Paris, who had been implicated.

Maxime Cochard had contested the rape charges

Me Colin also wishes that Maxime Cochard and the latter's companion, who had been "unfairly ousted", "be immediately reinstated" in their professional duties.

On January 21, 2021 on Twitter, Guillaume T., 20, accused Maxime Cochard, then elected PCF, and his companion of rape.

The elected official disputed these accusations, which then sparked hundreds of other messages about sexual violence in gay circles.

The Communist Party then announced that it had asked Maxime Cochard and his companion "to withdraw from all their responsibilities of the PCF Paris".

On February 9, Guillaume T. was found dead, hanged in his room on the Nanterre campus (Hauts-de-Seine).

A complaint had been filed by the family in 2021

On behalf of her family, Me Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon had filed on February 18, 2021 “a complaint against X for intentional violence resulting in death without intention to give it”.

The lawyer had chosen this criminal qualification, known as "death blows", which required demonstrating the accused's desire to cause physical harm to the victim and that this harm be the direct cause of death.

She argued that "voluntary violence" could, according to her, have caused her gesture, implicitly attributing them to Mr. Cochard and the companion of the elected official, as "abuse of a sexual nature likely to be qualified as rape, which can constitute violence”.

An investigation was opened on March 22, 2021 and entrusted to the Brigade for the repression of personal crime (BRDP).

Contacted, Me Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon did not wish to speak.


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