Catherine Denis, a prosecutor in Nanterre, a suburb west of Paris, said in a statement that rape charges brought by Ms Porcel and five other women prior to 2007 had exceeded the statute of limitations, which was 10 years at the time. . A 2017 law doubled the limitation period, for current and future cases, to 20 years, but without retroactive effect.
Many charges of sexual harassment or sexual assault were also out of time. For those who were not, Ms Denis said, there was not enough evidence, such as tapes of phone calls or evidence that Mr Poivre d’Arvor had made repeated sexual comments, to substantiate the accusations.
Ms Porcel’s charge in 2009 had not passed the statute of limitations, but Ms Denis said there was not “sufficient evidence” to substantiate the allegations as police had not discovered any evidence on them. allowing independent corroboration of Ms. Porcel’s account.
The investigation included an analysis of the “layout” of the offices where Ms Porcel said the rape took place, the statement said. Investigators could not “confirm that this could have happened out of sight” of other people, as she claimed.
This month, the prosecution also dropped an investigation into charges of rape of a minor and sexual assault by a prominent political scientist, Olivier Duhamel, because the statute of limitations had expired. Mr. Duhamel had been accused by his stepdaughter, Camille Kouchner, of having sexually abused his twin brother more than 30 years ago.
In 2019, prosecutors closed a rape investigation against actor Gérard Depardieu, but this year he was charged with rape and sexual assault after the plaintiff used the same procedure cited by Ms. Porcel to force a case forward.
Mr. Poivre d’Arvor, who has written dozens of books and hosted various programs since his departure from TF1, including a literary program that ended shortly before the accusations, had filed a defamation complaint against Ms. Porcel, accusing him of having made false allegations against him.