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YouTuber Norman in police custody in Paris for rape and corruption of a minor

The Paris prosecutor's office told AFP that "Norman" was taken into police custody on Monday as part of a preliminary investigation entrusted to the Brigade for the Protection of Minors (BPM), confirming information from Liberation.

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YouTuber Norman in police custody in Paris for rape and corruption of a minor

The Paris prosecutor's office told AFP that "Norman" was taken into police custody on Monday as part of a preliminary investigation entrusted to the Brigade for the Protection of Minors (BPM), confirming information from Liberation.

The prosecution clarified that the procedure, opened in January 2022, concerned "six complainants".

According to the daily, five of them would accuse Norman of rape, two were minors at the time of the facts.

The Webedia group (AlloCiné, PurePeople, 750g, Jeuxvideo.com...) announced on Twitter "the suspension of its collaboration" with Normand Thavaud.

In 2015, he became a French Youtube leader by buying Mixicom, an MCN (network of web channels) which brings together famous comedians from the net, including Cyprien and Squeezie who share with him the podium of the most followed video producers in France.

In 2020, a Quebec fan, Maggie D., publicly accused Norman of manipulating her to obtain sexual photos and videos, when she said she was 16 at the time.

She said she had filed a complaint in Canada.

As part of a Quebec-French investigation published by the Urbania media in April 2021, other women had made similar accusations against the youtuber for facts that allegedly occurred when some were still minors.

Questioned by AFP, Maggie D. confirmed that she was currently in France to be confronted with Norman before the investigators, as indicated by Liberation.

Norman is a veteran, having made his debut in 2011 on the platform. His videos, according to an official tally, have been viewed more than 2.7 billion times.

Flag bearer of a new generation of comedians born on social networks, this editor by training became known in the early 2010s with sequences inspired by his daily life ("Avoir un chat", "Les toilets" ) or video games ("Luigi clash Mario").

Passionate about stand-up, he took the stage for two solo shows between 2015 and 2020, in addition to appearances in cinema ("Mon roi") and on television ("Ten percent").

The entourage of the Youtubeur was not able to react immediately.

In 2018, the number one French YouTuber, Squeezie (17.6 million subscribers) denounced on Twitter "YouTubers (including those who shout from the rooftops that they are feminists) who take advantage of the psychological vulnerability of young people subscribers to get sex".

His tweet had been widely redistributed as part of the movement

Another youtubeur, Léo Grasset, a specialist in popular science, is the target of two preliminary investigations opened in 2022 in Paris and Lyon, concerning accusations of rape and sexual harassment.

The influencer responded to the accusations relayed by Mediapart in a video posted on his channel in mid-November.

"I have a sometimes messy love life, and I also sometimes make big redneck jokes, but nevertheless the article paints a portrait of me who is dishonest; it builds a toxic character with blows of insinuations and truncated quotes", he declares, denying in particular having raped a young woman in 2016.

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