The Court of Cassation on Tuesday overturned the conviction of Richard Berry's daughter, Coline Berry-Rojtman, for defamation of her ex-mother-in-law Jeane Manson. The Court "quashes and annuls in all its provisions" the judgment of the Court of Appeal of Riom (Puy-de-Dôme) rendered on December 8, 2022, and refers the case back to the Court of Appeal of Lyon.
"This is a huge relief and the beginning of the end of an injustice," said Berry-Rojtman's lawyer, Patrick Klugman. "These trials are in every way from another time and another era. Coline Berry-Rojtman, for having denounced the acts she suffered as a child, was muzzled and mistreated judicially. We're not going to stop there," he added.
On April 14, 2022, the court of Aurillac sentenced Coline Berry-Rojtman, 47, to a fine of 2,000 euros for defamation. The comedian's daughter also had to pay €20,000 in damages to her former mother-in-law, as well as €5,000 in legal costs. The Riom Court of Appeal upheld the conviction, adding the same amount to legal costs, i.e. a total of 10,000 euros.
Investigation into Richard Berry closed
In an article published by Le Monde in February 2021, Coline Berry-Rojtman had mentioned sexual violence that she allegedly suffered as a minor in 1984 and 1985 at the home of her father who was then living with Jeane Manson, accused of having participated with him in these attacks.
The 73-year-old former singer had decided to sue her ex-daughter-in-law for defamation before the court in Aurillac, in the Cantal region, where she lives part of the year. The journalists of Le Monde and the daily were also implicated, but were not convicted.
The investigation into the actor accused of incest by his daughter was closed on August 31, 2022 due to the statute of limitations. Contacted by AFP, Jeane Manson's lawyer could not immediately be reached.