France: Undersecretary of Development Ch. Zacharopoulou calls accusations of rape ‘unacceptable’

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The Greek-French Deputy Minister of Development of the French government Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, who is the target of allegations of rape, today rejected these accusations, calling them “unacceptable and outrageous”.

“The serious allegations against me concerning medical clinical trials conducted to diagnose and treat my patients’s disease are unacceptable and outrageous,” her lawyer said in a statement.

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Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, 46, a gynecologist by profession, is the target of two rape allegations and a third allegation of violence by a person in charge of a public service mission.

Mentioning that she learned about the existence of these complaints “through the press”, Chr. Zacharopoulou also states that she is “shocked and deeply hurt” and assures that she has never imposed the slightest examination on any of her patients without their consent “.

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“I do not know the content of these complaints, which I emphasize were submitted in the days following my appointment to the government and concern medical examinations that allegedly took place years ago,” he said in a statement.

The Paris prosecutor’s office launched an investigation on May 27, following the filing of two allegations of rape against Zacharopoulou.

According to Marianne magazine, which revealed the case, the events she is accused of allegedly being committed in the context of her profession as a gynecologist.

The investigation was assigned to the Brigade for the Suppression of Delinquency against the Individual (BRDP).

A third complaint of violence was filed on Thursday, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office, as it became known today to the French Agency.

The TMC TV show received the testimony of this patient, who says that she suffered “gynecological violence” during a medical appointment in 2018 with Zacharopoulou to treat her endometriosis from which she suffered.

Zacharopoulou, who was elected MEP in 2019, was appointed Deputy Minister of Development, French and International Cooperation last month in the government of Prime Minister Elizabeth Bourne.

Bourne told the LCI news network on Thursday night that “the allegations have been lodged and justice will be done”, calling it “an important issue” of “consensus when examinations take place”.

Source: Capital

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