INVESTIGATION A young woman accuses the former president of the French Tennis Federation of having kissed her on the mouth against her will, in a casino

Tarbes : Jean Gachassin, former boss of French tennis, targeted by a complaint for sexual assault

Jean Gachassin in 2016 at Roland Garros. — J.E.E. – Sipa

The prosecution of Tarbes (Hautes-Pyrénées) has opened an investigation for « sexual assault » to against Jean Gachassin, the former president of the French Tennis Federation, now at the age of 80 years old. The procedure follows a a complaint filed on Saturday June 18 by a young woman. “ The night before, at the Bagnères-de-Bigorre casino, she reproaches him for having kissed her on the mouth, against her will. » to AFP Pierre Aurignac, the public prosecutor of Tarbes, confirming information from the newspaper L’Equipe. Now, “ kissing someone against their will, legally, this qualifies as sexual assault », specifies the magistrate.

Witnesses from the evening heard by the gendarmes

Jean Gachassin, adds the prosecutor, « has not yet been heard, we hear the witnesses first. We then proceed to a psychiatric expertise for the author, psychological for the victim, as is the practice in this type of case ».

The survey was successfully completed. entrusted to the gendarmes of the research brigade of Bagnères-de-Bigorre, in the Hautes-Pyr&e;nées. They started to to hear witnesses of the presumed facts, which occurred in the occasion of a seminar of the Rugby League of Occitanie.

Former player of Lourdes and the French rugby team, Jean Gachassin was President of the French Tennis Federation from 2009 to; 2017.