A Parisian investigating judge on Friday ordered the dismissal in favor of Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, who has been accused by a woman of rape since 2017, AFP learned Monday from his lawyers Mathias Chichportich and Pierre-Olivier Sur. .

“For the fourth time in five years, the justice system affirms that no reprehensible act can be blamed on Mr. Gérald Darmanin. Two classification decisions without follow-up then two dismissal orders intervened under the authority of four different magistrates, of which two investigators “they noticed.

“Our client has always refrained from commenting on court decisions and therefore will not comment further”added the two tips.

The minister filed a libel complaint. This complaint “runs its course”according to lawyers.

A judicial source confirmed to AFP that the dismissal order, announced by BFMTV, had been issued on Friday.

This decision, subject to appeal, temporarily puts an end to this politically sensitive file in which the actor Sophie Patterson-Spatz accused the Beauvau tenant of rape, sexual harassment and breach of trust, for facts that allegedly which took place in Paris in 2009.

On January 12, the Paris prosecutor had already received requests for the closure of the file without trial.

Since his appointment in the summer of 2020, and again during his recent reappointment, Darmanin’s presence in the government has come under numerous criticisms, particularly in feminist ranks.

The story begins in 2009, at the headquarters of the UMP, ancestor of LR.

The complainant contacted the elected official, then head of the party’s legal affairs department, for support when she wanted to be sentenced in 2004 for blackmail and malicious calls against a former partner.

According to her, Gérald Darmanin would have dangled his support, through a letter that he undertook to write to the Chancellery, asking him in exchange for a sexual relationship.

According to her report before investigators, Sophie Patterson-Spatz had no desire for this sexual relationship, she would. “panic”but he would have felt compelled to do so “go to the pan”having n “no choice”.

A few years later, the complainant ended up analyzing these facts as rape and filed a complaint in June 2017.

The investigation followed lengthy procedural disputes before the case was resumed in the summer of 2020 by an investigating judge.

Neither the complainant nor her lawyer, Mr.And Yann Le Bras did not react immediately.

Mediapart invites you to re-read the article by Antton Rouget and Marine Turchi, “Darmanin case: the judge closes the investigation”, published on Mediapart on 13 September 2021.


The investigation into the rape of Gérald Darmanin is moving towards dismissal. Investigating judge Mylène Huguet announced on September 7 her intention to close the investigation, according to information from Mediapart. The complainant, Sophie Patterson, 49, now has two weeks to submit her observations or file requests for action.

In this case, the Minister of the Interior is placed in the qualification of “assisted testimony”, intermediate between that of the accused and that of simple witness.

The facts date back to March 2009. At the time, Gérald Darmanin – 26, a rising star of the UMP – was head of the party’s legal department and city councilor in Tourcoing (North). Sophie Patterson, 37, is a member of the movement. She goes to her party headquarters for help with her legal case. In “deep depression” from his conviction in absentia in 2003 for “attempted blackmail”, “malicious phone calls” and “death threats”, he fights to challenge this decision which he sees as a “unfair”. These steps become his life’s struggle, she says. On the spot, she is headed for Gérald Darmanin. She claims that after their interview she would call her back to tell him “that he would take care of [son] deal” and to invite him to dinner. He says he accepted everything ” confidence “.

On the evening of the events, March 17, 2009, in a Parisian restaurant, only his court file was discussed, which the elected official seemed to have already read and known. ” by heart “he assured during his hearings. “He said he would take care of my file […], who knew what it was like to live an injustice. You told me about your skirmisher grandfather. […] He told me he was going to introduce Nicolas Sarkozy to me […], which would help me. ” At the end of the dinner, he took her hand and said: “You will have to help me too. ”

The evening continued in a swingers club, then in a hotel, where a sexual relationship took place – forced according to her, according to him consented. Sophie Patterson said she didn’t have “I do not want to” to follow him, but that she accompany him because he wanted his file “to be examined”. She said the chosen one would implicitly make her understand, twice, that there would be a counterpart to her intervention, namely sexual favors. This version is contested by Gérald Darmanin, who assured that she would be the one to make advances to him at the restaurant, putting him several times “the hand on the knees, thighs and private parts”.

Eight months after the events, the elected had in any case written to the Minister of Justice – at the time Michèle Alliot-Marie (UMP) – to ask her “to kindly receive Mrs Patterson or, at the very least, seriously study her case, which has been sent to your services”. The Keeper of Seals replied, in March 2010, that“By separation of powers”, it was not possible for him to express an opinion on the ongoing proceedings. But Sophie Patterson explained that she has been waiting and hoping for all these months. In support of her story of hers, she has provided letters actually attesting to Mr Darmanin’s steps with Place Vendôme, as well as their SMS exchanges, in which she regularly asks ” [sa] letter”.

Gérald Darmanin at the inauguration of the Carcassonne police station, July 8, 2021. © Idriss Bigou-Gilles / Hans Lucas via AFP

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