Radio France caught up in sexual harassment case after charges against Patrice Bertin
Radio France is caught in turn by a case of sexual harassment, after accusations against Patrice Bertin, challenged by this famous voice of France Inter who called them „shameful slander“.
According to a survey of the site Mediapart, which first unveiled the case, and another article published in the World, several women testified in October against the journalist, former anchorman for 20 years of the 19H00 Inter newspaper. .
Encouraged by the wave of revelations following the Weinstein affair, these women, whose identities have not been revealed, have entrusted themselves to an internal cell set up in 2016 by Radio France to hear the voices of employees who have been victims of discrimination.
According to Mediapart, they made accusations against Patrice Bertin accusations of „sexual harassment and two attempts of rape, over a period from the late 1980s to the early 2000s,“ and thus covered by the prescription.
Patrice Bertin categorically denied the accusations reported by Mediapart and Le Monde to both media. Affirming to Mediapart that it is „shameful slander“, he told the World „never to have attempted rape or harassment“ and said „ready to take the case“.
These testimonies contributed to the early retirement of the journalist, intervened at the end of November in all discretion. He had become several years advisor to the presidency of Radio France after being deputy director and editor of France Inter.
Patrice Bertin told Le Monde that his departure „is not only related to the accusations against [him],“ citing several other reasons, the main one being serious health problems.
Questioned by AFP, the management of Radio France said Tuesday that the journalist had „decided to claim his rights to retirement“, after being informed of the testimony against him, collected by the anti-discrimination cell.
„Our internal system of listening and treatment was effective, people seized it, after which he (Patrice Bertin) was informed that there was evidence against him, and in this context he decided to claim his pension rights, „explained the management of the public group.
For its part, the Society of Journalists France Inter pointed out in a message to the editor that if the charges against Patrice Bertin had surprised „the youngest“, „for many of us, it was a secret of Polichinelle „, and wondered further“ what could lead Radio France to protect a sexual predator „.