“Every time she met him, it revived things”, why Ferro filed a rape complaint against his ex-trainer six years later

“Every time she met him, it revived things”, why Ferro filed a rape complaint against his ex-trainer six years later
“Every time she met him, it revived things”, why Ferro filed a rape complaint against his ex-trainer six years later

Fiona Ferro filed a complaint against her former coach, Pierre Bouteyre, for rape and sexual assault which allegedly took place between 2012 and 2015. This Wednesday, RMC Sport joined the defense of the tennis player as well as that of her ex-coach .

This is the case that is shaking French tennis. As revealed by Nice-Matin this Wednesday, information confirmed by BFM Côte d’Azur, Pierre Bouteyre was indicted on August 19 following the complaint filed by the 25-year-old tennis player, Fiona Ferro, for rape and sexual assault by person in authority.

The supposed facts would have been committed in Saint-Raphaël between 2012 and 2015, when the player was between 15 and 18 years old. A confrontation between the 259th player in the world, 39th in March 2021, and her former coach took place the day before the indictment, according to sources close to the investigation.

The soon-to-be 51-year-old coach has acknowledged the materiality of the facts but disputes the accusation of rape. “It was a relationship which, for him, was part of the past, which had existed, had counted, reacted Virginie Pin, lawyer for Pierre Bouteyre, with RMC Sport. He did not expect, six years later, to hear this version. That is to say a version of ‘I was forced, I did not agree’. He did not expect to find himself indicted for facts of this importance.”

“We are here to do law, not morality”, pleads Pierre Bouteyre’s lawyer

“He is married, he has a family. Morally, that raises questions, continued the defense lawyer. Now, legally, someone who is over 15 and who agrees to a relationship which will last several years, it is not the same problem. We are here to do law, not morality.”

Also contacted by RMC Sport, Isabelle Colombani, lawyer for Fiona Ferro, explained in particular why the tennis player had filed a complaint six years after the fact: “She thought that by separating from her coach, that would be enough to forget things. The problem is that each time she came across him, at a training or tournament site, it revived things and she completely lost all her means. , she spoke to her parents about it before deciding to file a complaint.

“During the confrontation he told her ‘You were like my daughter’, she replied that you don’t sleep with your daughter”

About the confrontation that took place between Fiona Ferro and her ex-coach, Me Colombani assures that the tennis player lived 1h30 very painful. “She faced what he was telling her. We had worked upstream with her psychologist on the defense system of the opposing party. She was prepared for it (for him to admit having a relationship with her). But it is perverse to hear, during the confrontation he told her ‘You were like my daughter’, she replied that you do not sleep with your daughter.”

Pierre Bouteyre, who has since been placed under judicial supervision, faces up to 20 years in prison. The entourages of both parties will now be auditioned.

The article is in French

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