The YouTuber specializing in popular science has been accused for several months of sexual assault by several women.
A rape investigation was opened on Tuesday, November 29 after a complaint against influencer Léo Grasset, said the Paris prosecutor’s office, confirming information from Mediapart. The investigations were entrusted to the 3rd DPJ (judicial police district), said the prosecution.
According Mediapartthe complaint was filed last Thursday, November 24, by a 22-year-old journalism student, who denounced facts dating back to a night in November 2021. Léo Grasset “strongly denies the charges» et «will provide its answers to the competent judicial authorities“Commented to AFP Me Fares Aidel, who defends him with Me Camille Loyer.
The science popularizer, who is followed by 1.2 million subscribers on his YouTube channel “DirtyBiology“, is also targeted by a preliminary investigation by the Lyon prosecutor’s office, confirmed the latter. This investigation was opened following a complaint for sexual harassment, filed according to Mediapart at the end of June by Clothilde Chamussy, who hosts the YouTube channel “wild past(127,000 subscribers).
The influencer responded to the accusations relayed by Mediapart in a video posted on his channel in mid-November. “I have a sometimes messy love life, and sometimes I also make big redneck jokes, but the article paints a dishonest portrait of me; he builds a toxic character with insinuations and truncated quotes“, he declares, denying in particular having raped a young woman in 2016.