Norman Thavaud's police custody was extended on Tuesday, we learned from the Paris prosecutor's office, which confirms information from Liberation.
The star YouTuber was taken into police custody on Monday morning as part of an investigation into rape and corruption of minors.
The investigation was entrusted to the Brigade for the Protection of Minors (BPM).
The prosecution specifies that the procedure, opened in January 2022, concerned "six complainants".
Five of them would accuse Norman of rape, two were minors at the time of the facts.
The Webedia group (AlloCiné, PurePeople, 750g, Jeuxvideo.com...) announced on Twitter "the suspension of its collaboration" with Normand Thavaud.
In 2015, he became a French Youtube leader by buying Mixicom, an MCN (network of web channels) which brings together famous comedians from the net, including Cyprien and Squeezie who share with him the podium of the most followed video producers in France.
Norman Thavaud in police custody for rape and corruption of minors
In 2020, a Quebec fan, Maggie D., publicly accused Norman of having manipulated her to obtain sexual photos and videos, when she was, according to her, 16 years old at the time.
She said she had filed a complaint in Canada.
As part of a Quebec-French investigation published by the Urbania media in April 2021, other women had made similar accusations against the youtuber for facts that allegedly occurred while some were still minors.
Questioned by AFP, Maggie D. confirmed that she was currently in France to be confronted with Norman before the investigators, as indicated by Liberation.
“I have a sometimes messy love life”
In 2018, the number one French youtuber, Squeezie (17.6 million subscribers) denounced on Twitter "the youtubers (including those who shout from the rooftops that they are feminists) who take advantage of the psychological vulnerability of young people subscribers to obtain sex”.
His tweet had been widely redistributed as part of the #balancetonyoutubeur movement.
Some testimonies had targeted Norman.
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The influencer responded to the accusations relayed by Mediapart in a video posted on his channel in mid-November.
“I have a sometimes messy love life, and sometimes I also make big redneck jokes, but the article paints a dishonest portrait of me;
he builds a toxic character with insinuations and truncated quotes ”, he declares there, denying in particular having raped a young woman in 2016.