Director Nicolas Bedos was questioned as a free suspect last week in the rape and sexual assault investigation against him after accusations by four women, AFP learned on Tuesday (December 5th) from a source close to the case, confirming a report by the Actu 17 website. This hearing regime is reserved for persons suspected of having committed an offence and allows them to leave the hearing at any time, unlike police custody.
Already summoned to appear before the Paris Criminal Court in February 2024 for sexual assault in a state of drunkenness, the director and actor Nicolas Bedos, 44, has been the target of an investigation for rape and sexual assault since July 5, entrusted to the first district of the Paris judicial police. According to a source close to the case, at the beginning of July, two women reported to the Paris prosecutor's office behaviors that they reproached Nicolas Bedos and likely to cover a criminal classification.
A 'form of friendship'
One of the women accusing Nicolas Bedos, a 1999-year-old actress and screenwriter who goes by the name Chloé, accuses the director of raping her at the Bedos' home in Neuilly-sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine) one night in 26. Aged <> at the time and working as a waitress, she had agreed to follow Nicolas Bedos to her friends' house and then to her parents' house, with whom a "form of friendly relationship" had been established.
A second woman, named Marion, described to the online media outlet a sexual assault committed by the filmmaker in August 2017 at a vacation home. She had known Nicolas Bedos since she was a teenager and his age at the time of the alleged events was not specified.
No complaint filed
These two women, as well as two other women describing similar behaviours, were interviewed by investigators from the 1st DYP. None of them wanted to file a complaint, the source close to the case said, which does not prevent the public prosecutor's office from ordering prosecutions if it deems it justified, and does not take away the right of accusers to be civil parties in the event of a trial.
Son of the comedian Guy Bedos, Nicolas Bedos has made a name for himself by making a name for himself in many fields: playwright, columnist, screenwriter and even actor. He has directed the cream of French cinema, from Jean Dujardin ("OSS117: Red Alert in Black Africa") to Isabelle Adjani ("Mascarade"), via Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet and Fanny Ardant.