Lawyer Juan Branco was summoned by the police and taken into custody on Tuesday 1is June in Paris, as part of the preliminary investigation for “rape” against him. The information was confirmed by his lawyer, Yassine Bouzrou, on a daily basis The Parisian. A little earlier in the day, a few words had been published on his Twitter account : “Juan Branco has been arrested. “
On April 29, a 20-year-old woman filed a handrail at the 14th arrondissement police station in Paris after meeting Juan Branco following discussions on the Instagram network, revealed The Parisian. The purpose of the handrail is to report facts to the police without constituting a request for prosecution, unlike a complaint. His statements had “Incited the Paris prosecutor’s office to entrust an investigation for facts of rape to the 1re DPJ [direction régionale de la police judiciaire] », had reported the daily.
In a long text posted on Facebook, the 31-year-old lawyer and essayist denied any coerced relationship with the young woman, saying he was “Injured” and to have “Cried”. Then he assured, in a message to the press, that the complainant heard ” remove “ his handrail as soon as possible.
In the deposition of his handrail, according to the weekly Point, the young woman claimed to have taken lamaline, an opiate, with Mr. Branco. He had confirmed the information in the program “Touche pas à mon poste” (C8), comparing this drug to Doliprane. He “Wishes to be heard as soon as possible so that the prosecutor can dismiss this procedure without further action”, had made known his advice, Me Bouzrou.
Juan Branco is notably known for a bookstore success, the anti-Emmanuel Macron pamphlet Dusk, appeared online at the end of 2018, then co-published by Au diable vauvert and Massot editions in 2019. He became the lawyer for the Russian artist Piotr Pavlensky in the case of the distribution, in 2020, of the video of a sexual nature from the former government spokesperson Benjamin Griveaux, then a candidate for mayor of Paris.
Juan Branco was placed, at the end of January, under the status of assisted witness in this investigation. He is also the subject of disciplinary proceedings by the Bar Council in the Griveaux case.