Rabat - Saad Lamjarred’s 20-year-old “alleged victim,” Laura Prioul, took to her Facebook account to explain the reasons behind her refusal to face the Moroccan singer in court.
Rabat – Saad Lamjarred’s 20-year-old “alleged victim,” Laura Prioul, took to her Facebook account to explain the reasons behind her refusal to face the Moroccan singer in court.
“I am experiencing a dire psychological crisis due to the rape incident allegations” […] “My lawyer has submitted a medical certificate proving my deteriorated health status,” the post explained.
Prioul went on to add that she is “tired of receiving threating messages every day from the fans of Lamjarred.”
“I am really a victim of rape and I understand their [Lamjarred’s fans] love and solidarity with Saad,” she said.
Prioul went on to say, “The love and solidarity of Saad Lamjarred’s fans will not affect the course of the lawsuit, especially in a democratic country such as France. If you [surely] believe in the justice.”
She stressed that she is a “victim of rape” and she is fully aware of the process of justice and the personal impact of bringing such a case before the court. “If the court does not prove my statements, I will be sentenced for fraud charges.”
With respect to her decision to accompany Saad Lamjarred to his private room at the Marriot Hotel in Paris, Prioul said, “What happened inside the room does not [literally] mean that I approved to be raped…We must change this mentality, we are in 2016.”
In sharp contradiction to this Facebook post, Arab news-speaking outlet, Hespress quoted informed sources earlier this week as saying that Prioul “refused to appear in court and she plans to travel. Additionally, she claims that she has projects abroad and she needs to travel.”
AFP reported early this week that the Appeal Court of Paris confirmed the provisional detention of Lamjarred, who was arrested in October in France for “aggravated rape.”
Lamjarred’s three-lawyers, Eric Dupont Moretti, Brahim Rachidi, and Jean Marc Fedida, intend to escalate the case and have it moved from the Court of Appeal to the higher Court of Cassation following the upholding of the Paris Appeal Court’s sentence to remand Lamjarred in custody on charges of “aggravated sexual assault.”
Edited by Constance Guindon