Following complaints he made death threats and sexually harassed women at work, Yassine Belattar is now in police custody.
Rabat – Moroccan-French comedian Yassine Belattar is under police custody in Paris’s fifth arrondissement for allegedly making death threats and for sexual harassment in the workplace, according to AFP news agency sources.
Belattar, a dual-nationality radio host, went to the police station Tuesday morning after a preliminary investigation into his conduct opened in late January, Le Monde reported.
French comedian Bruno Gaccio had filed a complaint against Belattar for death threats. He said Belattar had threatened to attack his family, as French outlet Mediapart reported.
Gaccio also filed a complaint for defamation, claiming Belattar called him a rapist during a public argument on social media.
According to Mediapart, three other men in the entertainment industry also testified to police that Belattar threatened them with physical violence.
“Many people spoke of humiliating or threatening behavior. Two women reported being sexually harassed while looking for a job,” the outlet added. It reported additional allegations of harassment, some made anonymously, others publicly, such as by television host Jessie Clair.
In an investigation led by the news outlet, in which reporters had interrogated Yassine Belattar at length twice, one year apart, about the harassment charges, Mediapart concluded, “While he denies any accusation of ‘harassment’ at work, he is not hiding on the other hand that he usually uses words intended to frighten his interlocutors.”
Last year, French President Emmanuel Macron appointed Belattar to the Presidential Council of Cities which focuses on priority neighborhoods.