Sébastien Cauet filed a complaint with the Nanterre public prosecutor’s office, notably for attempted extortion and slanderous denunciation, his lawyers announced on Monday, November 27. The television host is the target of an investigation for rape, after numerous accusations on social networks and a complaint accusing him.

The prosecution, requested by Agence France-Presse, confirmed having received the complaint for attempted extortion of funds by an organized gang, slanderous denunciation, forgery and uses against unnamed persons, filed on November 23 at the Boulogne police station. Billancourt in Hauts-de-Seine. “A complaint for the same qualifications was filed through his lawyer by several letters addressed to the Nanterre public prosecutor’s office,” said the public prosecutor. The investigation was entrusted to the personal crime suppression brigade (BRDP).

“This legal approach underlines the seriousness of the situation and responds to the slander orchestrated to seriously damage the honor and reputation of our client, with a concealed financial goal,” said Mr. Cauet’s lawyers, Mes Xavier Autain. and Simon Clemenceau, in a press release.

“A man’s honor cannot be thrown away on the basis of accusations that are as serious as they are unfounded,” they added, assuring that “material evidence” had been transmitted to justice.

The facts allegedly took place in 2014

A complaint was filed against the 51-year-old host on November 18 and the Bourg-en-Bresse public prosecutor’s office opened a preliminary investigation into rape of a minor over 15 years old and rape.

The complaint for two rapes was revealed by the magazine L’Obs on Tuesday November 21. It was filed by a 25-year-old young woman named Julie, who explained that the events had occurred when she was a teenager, in 2014.

She told BFM-TV that when she met the host with the desire to do radio, he asked her for oral sex, which after an initial refusal she had granted him against her will.

Sébastien Cauet, a figure of humor on radio and television for thirty years, has since been suspended from NRJ. He is known for having presented a late-night talk show on TF1 from 2003 to 2008, “La Methode Cauet”.