Former figure skating coach Gilles Beyer, accused of rape and sexual harassment by multiple women, including his former student Sarah Abitbol, has died at the age of 66, his lawyer told AFP this Saturday. obs.
Gilles Beyer, who was “very ill” according to Me Thibaut de Montbrial, was at the center of a high-profile scandal of sexual abuse in figure skating. In early 2020, former figure skater Sarah Abitbol accused him of a book Such a long silence about sexual assault and repeated rape committed by her between the ages of 15 and 17 in the early 1990s, but she did not file a complaint, given the age of the facts.
“I would like to test myself,” Abitbol replies.
In a written statement to AFP, Gilles Beyer acknowledged “intimate relationship” and “indecent” with Sarah Abitbol, giving her “apologies”. Following these revelations, in January 2021, the investigating judge charged him with sexual assault by the authorized person and sexual harassment by the authorized person, and he was placed under judicial review due to more recent alleged facts.
“I’m shocked”Sarah Abitbol reacted to obs following the announcement of the death of his ex-coach. “He leaves before he is judged, I would like there to be a trial. It’s crazy, this death comes just a week before my show where I talk about this trauma, the release of my speech, my rebirth and my return to ice.” The death of Gilles Beyer leads to the closure of the judicial investigation “by stopping public action”his lawyer explained.