Newly appointed Prime Minister Emanuel Macron denies raping two women, insisting that his disability makes him incapable of sexual violence.
Damien Abad, the newly appointed Minister for Solidarity and Disability, is accused of raping a woman in 2010 and another in 2011.
One of the women filed a complaint with the police against Abad in 2017, which was closed without further action, Abad said.
“I strongly oppose these allegations of sexual violence,” he said in a statement.
“The sexual relationships I’ve had all my life have always been by mutual consent.”
Abad said his disability, a disease called arthrogryposis that affects all four of his limbs, made it physically impossible for him to undress or carry anyone.
The prosecutors do not know each other according to MediaPart that broke the story. One of the women said she went to dinner with Abad in October 2010 after he persistently harassed her. She said she drank a glass of champagne and woke up in a hotel room in her underwear with Abad. She said she did not remember how she got there.
The woman said she had tried to confront Abad over the incident in recent weeks but had received no response.