Former ice skating star Sarah Abitbol has returned to the rape scandal by her former trainer. Invited on the set of Quotidien, she explained how the French Federation of ice sports tried to cover up the case.
Sarah Abitbol decided to talk. The former skating star claims to have been raped when she was 15 to 17 by his figure skating trainer at the time, Gilles Beyer. The former top athlete revealed this sad information in a book titled Such a long silence, published by Plon on January 30, 2020. A highly publicized affair. An omerta that she broke, which is not necessarily more at all.
Guest on the set of Quotidien on TMC Thursday June 10, Sarah Abitbol explained how the French Federation of Ice Sports wanted to silence her. “There were phone calls from the Federation saying ‘Sarah Abitbol she must not come back to France, she must not do more galas. It’s complicated, she’s going to talk about her story again. ‘ It hurt my heart. It upset me. There may still be people in place on Mister O’s side and have spoken very badly of me. While I love my sport, I am passionate about it. I want to pass on my experience. ” Sarah Abitbol pleaded his commitment. “I also did it for things to change, she pleaded. We are in 2021. I am fighting for the others.”
Gilles Beyer in the crosshairs of justice
Almost 30 years after the fact, Sarah Abitbol is always “unfortunately ill, on antidepressants”, as she confided to France Inter. Other former skaters make similar accusations against Gilles Beyer, French champion 1978, and other coaches. Still in L’Équipe and L’Obs, Hélène Godard accuses Gilles Beyer of having had sex with her when she was 13 and 14 years old.
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