Ex-BBC worker studies alleged vogue intercourse assault

LONDON – A former BBC reporter who claims she was sexually assaulted whereas working undercover to reveal abuse within the vogue trade has given a press release to French police.

Lisa Brinkworth posed as a mannequin in a documentary for the BBC’s Donal McIntyre Investigates collection in 1998. She alleges she was sexually assaulted by one of many world’s greatest mannequin brokers, Gerald Marie, throughout filming. Together with 13 different former fashions, she is giving particulars of her alleged assault to French authorities who’ve begun a preliminary investigation. “I might very very similar to to see justice for them. And significantly as a result of they had been simply so younger and powerless on the time. “When it occurred to me… I used to be a lot older, I used to be working as a journalist, however after I take into consideration them, at 16 or 17 [years old] in some instances, and fully powerless on their very own with him, that’s what provides me the drive to hold on.” Gerald Marie, who was the previous European head of Elite Fashions, by means of his lawyer, issued a press release saying he “refutes with dismay these false and defamatory allegations”. “He shall be withholding his eventual statements till talking to the competent authorities.” Based on a report within the Guardian newspaper, the investigation is being led by a specialist little one safety unit in France.

Lisa says that after a dinner with different fashions and Marie’s enterprise associates, she accompanied a small group, together with Marie, to a membership, the place he pinned her right down to a chair and sexually assaulted her. She stated the incident was witnessed by quite a lot of folks, together with her colleague Donal MacIntyre. Afterwards, she recorded her account of the assault on digicam, however didn’t go to the police. “I used to be directed to not on the time, as a result of it could have minimize brief the investigation. At the moment, we had been working very intensively undercover. I used to be working 20 hour days, I believe we had been exhausted. We had been so centered on the story. I didn’t query that knowledge. And I do know now I ought to have achieved. “After which after all, looking back, I want I had. It’s solely lately after I determined to take a look at this once more, and I began to research and I began to revisit this, and girls had been ready to talk out.”

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