Allegations of rape against France’s Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin look set to be dropped after the investigating judge closed the investigation, French media reported.
The investigating judge has closed the inquiry into rape accusations against Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin and is moving towards a dismissal, according to French investigative website Mediapart.
Darmanin was being questioned as an assisted witness, not a suspect.
The Paris prosecutor has still to make recommendations before the investigating judge makes her final decision, but it looks most likely the case against Darmanin will be dismissed.
“I am saddened by the decision to close the investigation,” the complainant, Sophie Patterson-Spatz, told French media on Monday evening.
Patterson-Spatz accused Darmanin of rape, sexual harassment and abuse of trust dating back to 2009 after she sought his help to help lift a suspended sentence for blackmail.
At the time he was a legal affairs adviser with the UMP, the predecessor of France’s main right-wing party, the Republicans.
She claimed Darmanin had offered her help but in exchange for sexual favours.
Darmanin has admitted to having a sexual relationship with the complainant, but has always denied coercion was involved.