The owner of the porn site "Jacquie and Michael" indicted for complicity in rape

Arrested on Tuesday with his wife and three other men, Michel Piron, 64, was indicted after 72 hours in police custody for complicity in rape and human trafficking in an organized gang.

He was placed under judicial control and was therefore able to come out free from the court, while the prosecution had requested his placement in pre-trial detention, AFP noted during a public hearing before the judge of freedoms and detention (JLD ).

The other three men – a former actor and two former directors – have also been indicted in this case, for rape, complicity in rape, pimping in an organized gang and human trafficking in an organized gang.

One of them is also prosecuted for complicity in rape with an act of torture and barbarism. He was remanded in custody.

The wife of Mr. Piron, Araceli, was placed under the intermediate status of assisted witness and therefore emerged free Friday from the Paris court.

In a press release, Me Nicolas Cellupica, lawyer for the Arès group, chaired by Mr. Piron and owner of the pornographic site, affirmed that Mr. Piron was accused of “facts – disputed – concerning a single complainant, in 2013“.

– Resignation of Michel Piron –

The offense of pimping was not retained against him“, he adds, also announcing that Mr. Piron had decided to leave the group for the duration of this procedure.

The Jacquie et Michel group acquires and distributes thousands of videos per year produced by independent producers and deeply regrets that 7 contentious scenes have been shot among them, over the last 20 years.“, he underlines.

Before the JLD, the representative of the public prosecutor described a “pimping and human trafficking system“, with some “demolished women“.

We lead them into a trap“, she said, denouncing a “modus operandi that traps the victims in this system“.

Defense lawyers for their part castigated “two years of procedure“during which”no act of investigation“had not intervened according to them.

The vision of the public prosecutor is to say that porn is only a form of violence“, launched one of the lawyers.

Out of 7,000 women (filmed, editor’s note), there are seven complainants“, underlined Me Yves Levano, lawyer for Mr. Piron.

In July 2020, the prosecution opened an investigation entrusted to the Paris judicial police, after a report sent by Dare feminism, the Effronté-es and the movement of the Nest.

These three associations relayed the testimonies of several actresses who claimed to have been forced into “sexual practices + non-standard and painful +” when they were not consenting.

This report followed the broadcast in February by the Konbini site of a video entitled “behind the scenes of amateur porn“, in which two women testified to these practices.

In a book-investigation entitled “Judy, Lola, Sofia and me” (Ed. Goutte d’Or, 2018), the journalist Robin d’Angelo recounted his infiltration into the amateur porn industry and denounced the recurring absence of consent and the non-respect of labor law.

The group, founded in 1999 and which announced a turnover of 15 million euros in 2016, according to the journalist, based its success on the purchase of amateur videos at low prices in France, before gradually professionalizing its production to come to compete with Dorcel among the leaders of the pornographic industry.

Another survey conducted in Paris since 2020 has greatly shaken up the world of French amateur porn by targeting the practices of the platform “french bukkake“.

At least twelve people, including the producers dubbed “Pascal OP” and “Matt Hadix“, are being prosecuted in this case, exceptional in its scope and open for aggravated human trafficking, gang rape or aggravated pimping.

Since then, investigators have identified dozens of victims.


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