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PARIS (Reuters) – Damien Abad, France’s newly appointed Minister of Solidarity and Disability, has strongly denied he raped two women, following allegations posted by the Mediapart website on Sunday in an article based on interviews with women.
The women cited by Mediapart said Abad forced them to have unwanted sex with him. They say the actions happened in late 2010 and early 2011.
Abad and Mediapart said one of the women filed a police complaint against Abad in 2017.
“I oppose these allegations of sexual violence with the greatest strength,” he said in a statement sent to Reuters. “The sexual relationships I’ve had all my life have always been consensual.”
Abad said his disability, a disorder called arthrogryposis that affects all four of his limbs, prevents him from performing the acts he is accused of.
Abad joins the government formed on Friday after President Emmanuel Macron was re-elected.
When asked to comment on the allegations against Abad, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said she did not know about them when he joined government.
“I will be very clear: for all of these perpetrators of sexual harassment and assault, there is no retribution and we must continue to act so that women can be victims of it,” she said. assault and harassment can speak freely”.
Borne said her government would bear the brunt of Abad’s appointment, “if there are new factors and a new case is opened.” She did not give more details.