Sarah Abitbol upset: Her former alleged rapist “Gilles Beyer” is no longer alive!

21 January 2023 / Interviews

A scandal has befallen his name, and now... Friday January 21, Gilles Beyer, the legendary figure skating coach, died at the age of 66, following a long illness. A former student, Sarah Abitbol, ​​recently made a statement accusing her of rape, which sparked a wave of reactions.

We are going to tell you the story of Sarah Abitbol and her alleged rapist.

A man whose reputation has been tarnished by sexual assault allegations and rape made by her former student and now champion, Sarah Abitbol, when she was 15 years old. Abitbol's allegations became public in January 2020, when she published her second book. The French Ice Sports Federation has been accused of covering up allegations of assault against Gilles Beyer, including allegations ofHélène Godard, who says he raped her when she was 12, and numerous other women.

Gilles Beyer has died

Gilles Beyer, former French national champion and former figure skating coach. He competed in six ISU championships and won the French national title in 1978. He is accused of sexually abusing underage students.

Sarah Abitbol
Sarah Abitbol talks about how she was allegedly sexually abused by her coach at age 15 on TV show “It Starts Today.”

The death of Gilles Beyer, former coach of figure skater Sarah Abitbol, ​​on January 20, left his alleged victims “in shock”. His trial for rape and sexual assault of minors was due to begin in the coming months. Our friends at Obs and Le Parisien learned the sad news, and his former partner verified it by saying that he had been ill for a very long time.

A long fall for the coach, who had described her as “lying” and “manipulative” and who had welcomed Didier Gailhaguet, the boss of the federation, in his suite before the minister Roxana Maracineau does not fire him for his alleged involvement. If the circumstances surrounding the former figure skater are now prohibited by law, the guy should have been tried for the six women he allegedly harassed and sexually assaulted (including three minors).

Sarah Abitbol's emotional reaction to the death of her alleged rapist, Gilles Beyer.

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Sarah Abitbol talks about sexual violence in sport in the show “Je t’aime etc” S03.

Sarah Abitbol is a French figure skater who has achieved success at the highest level of the sport. She was a four-time French champion and represented France at the Winter Olympics, World Championships and European Championships. She is also a two-time world championship bronze medalist and holds the record for the highest score achieved by a female skater in international competition. Sarah Abitbol's accomplishments have made her one of the most successful figure skaters of all time.

She deplores the fact that serious information will not be evaluated. “It really took me by surprise. The young mother told L'Obs that she would have liked there to be a trial because he left before being judged. It's crazy that he died a week before my presentation, in which I will evoke his death through the liberation of my words, my rebirth and my return to the ice. Because that’s what God wanted,” she reacted, saddened by this departure but keeping her composure.

“God decided it this way”

Scandals in the French women's sports industry

The media excitement sparked by the scandal led to the appointment of Nathalie Péchalat as head of the ice sports federation, replacing Didier Gailhaguet. But that's not all: in February 2022, Fiona Ferro, a 25-year-old tennis player, successfully filed a complaint against Pierre Bouteyre, who she claimed had raped and sexually assaulted her when she was between 15 and 18 years old. The indictment against him was handed down in August, and he has not yet been tried./