Europe 1 with AFP 9:35 am, January 6, 2022

An investigation was opened Tuesday against the former star columnist of Canal + Pierre Ménès after facts denounced by journalist Marie Portolano in a documentary broadcast last March on the channel. He is notably accused of having lifted her skirt and of having touched her buttocks, off the air and in front of the audience of the Canal Football Club program, in 2016.

An investigation was opened Tuesday in Nanterre against the former star columnist Pierre Ménès for facts denounced by journalist Marie Portolano in a documentary broadcast last March on Canal +, said the Nanterre prosecutor's office. After an internal Canal + investigation during which, according to BFMTV, seven people denounced acts of "sexual harassment" committed by Pierre Ménès, the Labor Inspectorate sent a report in December to the Nanterre public prosecutor's office, which opened a preliminary investigation against the famous sports journalist. 

The investigations are entrusted to the Brigade for the repression of delinquency against people (BRDP).

Pierre Ménès is notably accused of having lifted Marie Portolano's skirt and of having touched her buttocks, off the air and in front of the audience of the Canal Football Club program, in 2016. He assures that he does not remember it, in due to serious health problems at the time.

He is also accused of having forcibly kissed two columnists, Isabelle Moreau and Francesca Antoniotti, in television shows.

Tried in 2022 on a sexual assault case

Pierre Ménès had left Canal + in the summer of 2021 after the revelations of Marie Portolano in his documentary "I am not a slut, I am a journalist", dealing with sexism in the field of sports journalism. An internal investigation was opened in the wake of the Canal + channel, accused of having removed from the documentary the passages that most incriminated their star columnist.

Pierre Ménès, 58, will also be tried in June 2022 in Paris, for a case of sexual assault.

At the end of the PSG-Nantes match on November 20, 2021 at the Parc des Princes in Paris, a woman reported to the police acts of sexual assault for which Pierre Ménès would be responsible, without filing a complaint.

The Paris prosecutor's office had opened an investigation.

Pierre Ménès, who disputes the facts, had been placed in police custody and at the end of it, he was issued a summons by judicial police officer (COPJ) to be tried on June 8.

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