Rape and kidnapping: Jacques Bouthier, CEO of Assu 2000, resigns

l’one of the richest men in France at the heart of a chilling scandal. The boss of the insurance brokerage Assu 2000 Jacques Bouthier, indicted on Saturday and jailed in an investigation for “trafficking in human beings” and “rape of a minor”, has resigned from his mandate as president, Agence France-Press group reported Tuesday, May 24 , renamed Vilavi in ​​January. “The Vilavi Group takes note of the announcement of the resignation of Jacques Bouthier from his mandate as Chairman, and of all his activities and responsibilities within the company,” he stated, specifying that the Operational Behavioral and Commercial Group is currently “available is by the present team”.

In this investigation revealed by RTL, six suspects have been charged as a result of a preliminary investigation that was opened in mid-March. These are effective “in the context of a judicial inquiry opened on Saturday, […] counts of trafficking against a minor and attempt, rape of a minor over 15, resorting to prostitution of a minor” and “assault of a minor under 15”, specified judicial sources close to the case with Agence France-Presse, who provided information confirm from RTL.

The 75-year-old business manager, like the other five, has also been charged with “criminal collaboration with a view to committing the crime of kidnapping and kidnapping in an organized gang and possession of child pornographic images”, a detailed source. The six people were “charged the same day and remanded in custody,” she said.

A young woman who has been ‘captured’ for five years

According to a source close to the radio-cited case, a 22-year-old young woman turned herself in to Paris police in March, explaining that she had been “captured” for five years by a very wealthy man who had raped her. . † By becoming “too old for him”, he said, the young woman would have been forced to look for a “replacement”. A 14-year-old girl then took her place in the apartment. The complainant managed to film them together in a bed before entrusting the video to the detectives. The CEO is suspected of having set up a team to kidnap the young woman, confiscate the video and force her to leave France, RTL adds.

For this, the seven-year-old would have asked his wife, two employees of his company, a young woman who was close to the complainant and a former gendarmerie of the GIGN. All were charged and imprisoned on Saturday. According to RTL, at least seven young women, minors or young adults, would have passed into the apartment. The investigation was entrusted to the brigade for the protection of minors of the Parisian PJ. For its part, the group, renamed Vilavi in ​​January, claimed to have “read the elements passed on by the press this afternoon” (Monday, editor’s note). “They do not affect the operational and commercial behavior of the company, around the team in place,” a spokesperson told Agence France-Presse.

A heritage estimated at 160 million euros

Founded in 1975 by Jacques Bouthier, then 28 years old, who has been running it ever since, Assu 2000, which has become Vilavi, presents itself as the “first expert broker of insurance and credit for private individuals in France” and claims 1,800 employees, 163 million euros turnover and nearly 550,000 policyholders. The first point of sale was a simple bungalow in Rosny-sous-Bois (93), the company’s website explains. The company grew in the 1980s in Île-de-France and passed the 100 points of sale in 1995.

In an interview with the magazine to undertake in 2019, Jacques Bouthier explained that his “family context” had not “pushed him to the business in particular” and defined himself as impatient, ambitious and pretentious at a young age. Today, his group has 11 brands specializing in insurance and credit intermediation and asset management, including Assu 2000, but also Euroassurance and Assuréo. He relied heavily on advertising campaigns to grow, including the 2018 one with television host Denis Brogniart. In 2020, the magazine Challenges Jacques Bouhier class 487and in its ranking of the main fortunes of France, with a heritage estimated at 160 million euros. It fell off the chart the following year.

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