Nice judge declines to inspect Johnny's genitals

27th April 2004, Comments 0 comments

NICE, France, April 26 (AFP) - Two judges investigating an allegation of rape against France's biggest rock star, Johnny Hallyday, have rejected several requests in the case, notably one demanding an inspection of the singer's genitals, a source close to the probe told AFP Monday.

NICE, France, April 26 (AFP) - Two judges investigating an allegation of rape against France's biggest rock star, Johnny Hallyday, have rejected several requests in the case, notably one demanding an inspection of the singer's genitals, a source close to the probe told AFP Monday.

Any information gleaned from such a medical inspection "can only be subject to caution," the judges, Philippe Dorcet and Philippe Guichard, said in a ruling on April 9, according to the source.

Marie-Christine Vo, a 35-year-old woman who claims Hallyday, 60, raped her in April 2001 on board his yacht where she worked as a hostess, said through her lawyer, Frederic de Baets, that she was appealing the decision.

De Baets said that, if the decision sparing Hallyday the inspection is upheld, "it would be a first in France for a rape case".

Hallyday's lawyer, Gilles-Jean Portejoie, said: "The important thing is to have this case finished as soon as possible and that Johnny Hallyday's name stops being sullied."

The singer has strongly denied the rape allegation.


© AFP

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