The companion of Russian activist Piotr Pavlenski, who blew up Benjamin Griveaux's campaign for municipal elections in Paris by broadcasting intimate videos, has been in police custody since Saturday evening.
"The companion of Mr. Piotr Pavlenski was arrested on Saturday evening and placed in police custody of the heads of invasion of privacy and dissemination without the consent of the person of sexual images, in the part of the investigation opened following the complaint filed by Mr. Benjamin Griveaux, "said the Paris Prosecutor's Office.
According to concordant sources, the young woman was the interlocutor of Benjamin Griveaux in the private exchanges related to the videos.
"We hope to identify the chain of responsibility in this political destabilization operation," said Richard Malka, the lawyer for the former secretary of state.
Piotr Pavlenski first heard of acts of violence
Meanwhile, Russian political artist Piotr Pavlenski, who was arrested at the same time as she left a hotel in the Parisian 16th arrondissement, Saturday afternoon, is in police custody for another reason, at to know "voluntary violence with weapon having caused an ITT lower than 8 days". Pavlenski was the subject of a research report, following an argument that dates back to New Year's Eve.
Police sources said the facts took place in Paris, in the apartment of a student, where he had been invited by his friend and lawyer, Juan Branco.
For a futile reason and against a background of alcoholism, Pavlenski has an argument with a group of unwanted guests. In the kitchen, he would have grabbed a knife and would have received, in the fight, a bottle of champagne on his head. According to Mediapart, the activist thus planted the knife in the thigh of a guest and injured a second in the face. For his part, Piotr Pavlenski recognizes the fight, but denies having used a weapon. The fact remains that when the police disembarked, the thirty-something had already disappeared.
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Investigators will also obviously be able to question Piotr Pavlenski later on his involvement in the Benjamin Griveaux case. The Russian activist claims the leakage of sexual videos attributed to the candidate LREM for the municipal elections in Paris.
Piotr Pavlenski explains his gesture by the will to denounce the "hypocrisy" of Benjamin Griveaux, who "used his family by presenting himself as an icon for all the fathers and husbands of Paris. He propagated traditional family values, ”said the activist.
Since the explosion on Friday morning, LREM has no more candidates for Paris. The leaders are currently meeting to choose a successor to Benjamin Griveaux for the municipal campaign. His name is expected to be released on Monday.