Toppled French academic admits sexual abuse of stepson


Olivier Duhamel , the once senior French political scientist and influential president of a Paris club for the social and political elite, has admitted under police questioning that he sexually abused his stepson when the latter was a minor, confirming accusations made earlier this year by his stepdaughter  and which led to his professional downfall.   

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A senior academic and powerbroker at the centre of a paedophile scandal that rocked the French establishment has admitted that he abused his stepson, reports The Times.

Olivier Duhamel, 70, acknowledged “with difficulty” the truth of allegations in a book by Camille Kouchner, his stepdaughter, that he had sexually abused her twin brother, Antoine, when he was a teenager, police said.

In January, Kouchner’s book La familia grande caused a storm over the sexual mores of the powerful political and media class that emerged after the 1968 Paris student revolt. Thousands of people posted accounts on social media of their experiences of abuse.

Duhamel, a political scientist, did not address the claims but complained of “personal attacks” against him and resigned all his posts, including chairmanship of the governors of Sciences Po university and presidency of the exclusive club Le Siècle.

He was questioned after the Paris prosecutor opened an inquiry and Antoine Kouchner, now 45, laid a criminal complaint. Investigators said that Duhamel’s alleged acts in the late 1980s could not be pursued in court because they had elapsed under the statute of limitations that applied at the time.

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