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EThere are 5 of them accusing him. Several ladies have filed a grievance in opposition to the director of the Hauts-de-Seine Mastery for ethical and sexual harassment.

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By indicating this to Agence France-Presse on Tuesday night, July 9, the Nanterre public prosecutor's workplace thus confirms info from Radio France and the Chained Duck. One of the complainants additionally reported sexual assault in opposition to the choirmaster, the identical supply added. An investigation has been opened and entrusted to the Brigade for the Suppression of Crime in opposition to Persons (BRDP), the general public prosecutor stated.

The accused, Gaël Darchen, 54, director of the construction since 1999, couldn’t be reached Tuesday night by AFP. This choir director and the president of the Maîtrise instructed Le Canard enchaîné, by way of their press officer, that that they had obtained “no information or summons” relating to the continued investigation, writes the satirical weekly.

A “sectarian” local weather

According to Radio France and The chained Duckthe ladies have been all adults on the time of the reported occasions. The two media retailers additionally report about twenty testimonies, together with from former college students of the Maîtrise, included within the file.

Witnesses questioned by The chained Duck describe feedback about their bodily look and “inappropriate gestures”, similar to arms on the buttocks or the groping of personal components, in addition to a “sectarian” local weather established by the director. A former member of the Maîtrise spoke to Radio France in regards to the authoritarianism of the choir director, who allegedly assumes the function of “second father” to his college students and isolates them from their households.

According to this witness, this environment has pushed a number of masters in the direction of melancholy, burnout or post-traumatic stress syndrome. Created in 1985, the Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine brings collectively 650 singers aged 5 to 30, divided into 12 ensembles, and performs in France and overseas. Supported by the Hauts-de-Seine division, it has been the kids's choir of the Paris National Opera since 1995.

Since 2017, the Maîtrise has been based mostly on the Seine Musicale, a famend cultural complicated on Seguin Island, in Boulogne-Billancourt.