The former French rugby international and ex-president of the French Tennis Federation (FFT) between 2009 and 2017 is the subject of an investigation for acts of “sexual assault” opened by the Tarbes prosecution, the newspaper reveals on Thursday. The Team.
According to our colleagues, Jean Gachassin, 80, tried to forcefully kiss a young woman as part of the general assembly of the Occitanie Rugby League which took place on Saturday June 18 in Bagnères-de-Bigorre.
The latter, also a technical framework, would have quickly filed a complaint, says L’Équipe.
“Following a complaint from a young woman, collected on Saturday June 18, an investigation targeting Jean Gachassin was opened, confirms the Tarbes prosecutor Pierre Aurignac. The night before, at the Bagnères-de-Bigorre casino, she reproaches him for having kissed her on the mouth, against her will. »
“Kissing someone against their will, legally, this qualifies as sexual assault,” said the magistrate.
Jean Gachassin, a native of Bagnères-de-Bigorre and former opening half of the XV of France, has not yet been heard by the gendarmes.
The investigations were entrusted to the research brigade (BR) of Bagnères-de-Bigorre.
“It’s mind-boggling! »
Jean Gachassin contests the facts of which he is accused. He confirms having participated in the evening organized at the casino of Bagnères-de-Bigorre, at the end of the general assembly of the Rugby League of Occitanie. “They had invited me, with other former internationals, there were at least 150 people at this evening. This young woman came to see me, she said to me: Mr. Gachassin, I am happy to meet you. I replied: you are very cute. And that’s all. »
“And the next day, there is talk everywhere of a complaint against me, continues the octogenarian. It’s amazing! I don’t even know who it is! “However, the former opening half of the XV of France says not to be” more destabilized than that “by” the proportions that it has taken in the media “. “I would be, destabilized, if I was at fault, he adds. There, it’s a bit annoying for my family, my grandchildren. At 80, it’s a bit surprising. »