By Oisin Sweeney • 12 February 2021 • 19:02
Gerald Marie has been accused of sexual misconduct and rape by 11 women - Image Source: Twitter
FRENCH POLICE have launched an investigation into models agent Gerald Marie after several women accused the former fashion mogul of sexual abuse and rape.
Detectives from France’s specialist child protection agency have invited eleven women from across the globe to meet with them in Paris as they investigate former model agent Gerald Marie for alleged sex crimes in the 1980s and 1990s.
The former European chief for Elite Models was one of the most powerful men in fashion at the time of his alleged offense, which includes the rape of two teenage girls. He is currently in his 70s and living a retired life in Spain.
An investigation into accusations against the former agent was launched in September last year after four women accused Marie of sexual misconduct and rape. Carre Otis, who was an A-list model in the 90s, claims that she was raped by Marie in 1986 while staying in the spare room of he and his wife’s Parisian apartment when she was 17.
Canadian Shawna Lee has accused the Paris fashion mogul of raping her in 1991 – when she was just 15 years old. A total of eleven women, many of whom no longer live in France, have made accusations against Marie and are expected to travel to Paris when the Covid pandemic subsides in order to aid investigators. Marie has denied all charges against him.
Recently Jean Luc Brunel, another French fashion agent, came under investigation for his connections to deceased paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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