Lisa Brinkworth Wiki – Lisa Brinkworth Biography
Lisa Brinkworth, a former BBC journalist who claims she was se**xually assaulted while working undercover as a model, gave a statement to police.
Lisa Brinkworth posed as a model in a documentary for the Donal McIntyre Investigates series in 1998 and alleges that she was assaulted by one of the world’s top agents, Gérald Marie.
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Lisa Brinkworth is 53 years old.
Lisa Brinkworth assaulted by Elite model agency boss Gerald Marie
French prosecutors revealed last year that they were investigating the ra**pe and se**xual abuse allegations against the former head of the Marie agency.
The claims, which Marie has strenuously denied, were made by 13 women, four of whom are British.
They say they were assaulted during the 1980s and 1990s while working with Marie, the former European head of Elite.
Ms. Brinkworth told the BBC: “I would very much like to see justice done to them. And particularly because they were so young and powerless at the time.
‘When it happened to me I was much older, I was working as a journalist, but when I think about them, at 16 or 17 in some cases, and completely powerless on his own with him, that’s what gives me the drive to carry on. ‘
Marie issued a statement through her attorney saying that she “refutes with dismay these false and defamatory accusations.”
The statement said: “He must withhold any statements from him until he speaks with the competent authorities.”
Brinkworth alleges that she was assaulted after a dinner with friends of hers and Marie hers when he pinned her to a chair at a club.
Her colleague McIntyre and others witnessed the assault, but she did not report it at the time because she would have threatened her investigation, she said.
She said that at the time she was ‘ordered not to’ and that she did not ‘question that wisdom’.
Ms. Brinkworth said: ‘In hindsight, I wish I had. It was only recently that I decided to look at this again, and I started researching and I started reviewing this, and the women were ready to speak. ”
Elite Models sued the BBC after it released the documentary in 1999 and reached a settlement in which the broadcaster agreed not to re-air it.
Ms. Brinkworth said she feels “responsible” towards the other girls who were allegedly assaulted and that the settlement “stopped progress.”
All of the claims have now exhausted their statute of limitations under French law, but Ms. Brinworth’s attorney, Anne-Claire Lejeune, argues that the fact that she was prevented from seeking justice at the time means that the statute should be paused.
A BBC spokesperson said: ‘We take these matters very seriously and we know this is distressing for Lisa Brinkworth.
“We are doing everything possible to help Lisa file her complaint with the French authorities.
Our attorneys have provided documents to the French investigators and Lisa and we are in ongoing discussions with Lisa and her attorneys about how we can further assist as the legal process progresses. ‘
Businessman Omar Harfouch, who has worked with the agency, began helping French authorities with their investigation earlier this year and shed light on the culture he claims to have witnessed, according to the Sunday Times.
Mr. Harfouch, who worked with Elite for three years, told the newspaper: ‘I explained to the police, to help them in their investigation, how it worked.
‘Gérald [Marie] and some agency agents had a board where they wrote down who slept with the most women. The criteria for this competition were their ages.
The younger they were, the more points, and the more virgins, the more points. At the end of each fashion week, they would compare their exploits. ”
Harfouch, whose relationship with the agency ended bitterly, described Marie as a “se**xual predator” and said that she often used “vulgar” language when she spoke of women.
Ms. Brinkworth told the Times that she was “very grateful” that Harfouch spoke out and urged other executives to do the same.
American model and former face of Calvin Klein Carrie Otis, 51, also accused Marie of raping her when she was 17 while working in Paris.
The former face of Calvin Klein first spoke about her experience in an explosive memoir in 2011.
A spokeswoman for Elite World Group, which owns Elite’s European agencies, told the newspaper: “Gérald Marie has never worked at Elite World Group. We consider these alleged criminal acts to be heinous and abhorrent. ‘
Elite now consists of two companies with American and European weapons. Marie worked for the European company until 2010.