Prominent French political scientist escapes 'incest' prosecution

Olivier Duhamel, 71, a prominent and influential figure among the Parisian intellectual glitterati leftist elite who was forced to admit sexually abusing his stepson after the latter's sister revealed the assaults in a book, will not be prosecuted because of the French statute of limitations. 

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A well-connected Parisian political scientist who was accused of sexually abusing his stepson in a bombshell book this year will face no charges because the alleged crimes fall outside the statute of limitations, prosecutors said Monday, reports FRANCE 24

Olivier Duhamel, an influential Left Bank establishment figure in Paris, was accused by his stepdaughter Camille Kouchner in January of abusing her twin brother when they were teenagers in the late 1980s.

Kouchner's book, titled La Familia Grande, led to a major public debate over the prevalence of incest and child sex abuse in France, as well as a police investigation into the allegations against Duhamel.

In a statement on Monday, Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz said the investigation had been dropped "because of the prescription of public action."

Until a law change in 2018, individuals had until 20 years after their 18th birthday to lodge a police complaint for sexual abuse.

Read more of this AFP report published by FRANCE 24.

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