The actor Richard Berry is targeted by charges of incest of his eldest daughter, which he rejects and on which the justice has opened an investigation, in a context of liberation of the word of the victims of this sexual violence.
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The preliminary investigation has been open since the filing on January 25 of a complaint by Coline Berry, 45, denouncing “acts of rape and sexual assault on a 15-year-old minor by ascendant and corruption of a minor”, said the prosecution of Paris to AFP.
It was entrusted to the brigade for the protection of minors (BPM). According to a source familiar with the matter, the complainant, born in 1976 from the union between Richard Berry and actress Catherine Hiegel, was not heard.
This case broke out when the subject of incest has been in the public for a month, after the publication of “La Familia Grande”, a story by Camille Kouchner where she accuses her father-in-law, the political scientist Olivier Duhamel, of having sexually assaulted her twin brother in the 1980s.
The government took up the subject, and President Emmanuel Macron said he wanted to “adapt” the law to protect child victims.
Richard Berry, 70, denies the accusations en bloc and hammered on Tuesday: “I withdraw with all my strength and without ambiguity these filthy accusations”.
A familiar figure to spectators, both for his roles in popular comedies such as “Pédale Douce” (1996) and in more serious films (“The Origin of Violence”, 2016), Richard Berry is also a regular on the boards, headliner before the theaters closed due to the pandemic of the hit play “Plaidoiries”, where he put on the dress of five tenors of the bar.
The companion of Richard Berry at the time of the alleged facts, the American singer Jeane Manson, refuted accusations dating back to 1984-1985, “implausible” according to her. And deplored being “taken to task in a family settling of accounts”.
“Never during a short life together and on the occasion of Richard Berry’s restricted visitation rights on his daughter, have I noticed any inappropriate behavior by him on Coline”, she added in a press release. to AFP.
For her part, Coline Berry affirms that her complaint is “a serious, thoughtful and balanced act”, after her father’s denial.
In a message on Instagram, she specifies having been, as a child, “kissed by her father on the mouth with the tongue” and having “had to participate in her sexual games in a context of notorious domestic violence”.
“My narrative of the facts has never varied, many testimonies can be provided”, she adds, awaiting justice “that the truth be made on what my father made undergo to the child that I” was, and on the violence he continues to try to exercise on me ”.
Denouncing “false allegations (…)”, Richard Berry insisted that he “never had inappropriate or incestuous relations with Coline, nor with any” of his children. He attacked the story of his daughter, which would have “evolved over time”, and “again” after the publication of Camille Kouchner’s testimony.
This story “has been denied, renewed and enriched by it at the option of the interlocutors or the news. For years, I tried to talk to him (…) without success. I opened it up to psychiatrists, to my family, to my friends, ”says the actor, who says he“ immediately wrote to the Paris prosecutor to ask him, despite the prescription, that a thorough investigation be carried out. To establish the “truth”.
For her part, Coline Berry assures to be “supported” by her mother, “relatives, as well as members of (his) family”. Actress Marilou Berry, cousin of Coline Berry, has shown her “support” for the latter.
“What has evolved over time is his attitude: from primary violence, he then moved on to sweaty solicitation so that I” pass the sponge “or not pass him off as a” pedophile “” , continues Coline Berry about her father.
Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7116