The Tarbes (Hautes-Pyrénées) court has opened an investigation into “sexual assault” against Jean Gachassin, the former president of the French Tennis Federation, now 80 years old. The procedure follows a complaint filed on Saturday, June 18 by a young woman. “The night before, at the casino in Bagnères-de-Bigorre, she reprimanded him for having kissed her in the mouth, against her shoulder,” an AFP spokesman Pierre Aurignac, the prosecutor of the Tarbes Republic, told AFP, confirming a journal information The TeamThe. Or, “embrace someone against their will, legally, that qualifies as sexual assault,” the magistrate explained.
Witnesses of the evening heard by the gendarmes
Jean Gachassin, adding the prosecutor, “has not yet been heard, witnesses are being heard first. We then proceed to a psychiatric expertise for the author, psychological for the victim, as it is used in this type of case ”.
The investigation was handed over to the gendarmes of the Bagnères-de-Bigorre search brigade, in the Upper Pyrenees. They began to bear witness to the facts, which took place on the occasion of an Occitan Rugby League seminar.
Former Lourdes player and member of the French rugby team, Jean Gachassin was president of the French Tennis Federation from 2009 to 2017.