The interrogation of Norman Thavaud, French YouTube star with 12 million subscribers accused of rape and corruption of a minor, was extended on Tuesday morning, said the Paris prosecutor's office, requested by AFP.< /p>
The host of the “Norman makes videos” channel was taken into police custody on Monday as part of a preliminary investigation entrusted to the Brigade for the Protection of Minors (BPM), opened in January 2022. Six young women brought complaint against the youtubeur.
According to the newspaper Liberation, five of them would accuse Norman Thavaud of rape and two were minors at the time of the facts.
In 2020, a Quebec fan, Maggie D., had publicly accused Norman Thavaud of having manipulated her to obtain photos and videos of a sexual nature, when she was, according to her, 16 at the time.
She had indicated that she had filed a complaint in Canada.
As part of a Quebec-French investigation published by the Urbania media in April 2021, other women had made similar accusations against the youtuber for facts that allegedly occurred when some were still minors.
Questioned by AFP, Maggie D. confirmed to be in France to be confronted this Tuesday with Norman Thavaud before the investigators, as reported by Liberation.
Norman, the third French YouTuber in terms of number of subscribers, is a veteran, having made his debut in 2011 on the platform. His videos, according to an official count, have been viewed more than 2.7 billion times.
The standard-bearer of a new generation of comedians born on social networks, this editor by training became known in the early 2010s with sequences inspired by his daily life (“Having a cat”, “The toilets”) or video games (“Luigi clash Mario”).
Passionate about stand -up, he took to the stage for two solo shows between 2015 and 2020, in addition to a few film appearances (“Mon roi”) and television (“Ten percent”).
In 2018, the number one French YouTuber, Squeezie (17.6 million subscribers) denounced on Twitter “Youtoubers (including those who shout from the rooftops that they are feminists) who take advantage of the psychological vulnerability of young people subscribers to get sex.”
His tweet had been widely redistributed as part of the #balancetonyoutubeur movement. Some testimonies had targeted Norman.