Alexandra de Taddeo Biography, Alexandra de Taddeo Wiki
Alexandra de Taddeo is the girlfriend of a Russian performance artist and activist Pyotr Pavlensky who released a video of a sexual nature that prompted a Paris mayoral candidate to stand down is being questioned by police over her role in the scandal.
Pyotr Pavlensky and Alexandra de Taddeo Arrested
The woman, named by French media as Alexandra de Taddeo, was taken into custody along with the artist, Petr Pavlensky, on Saturday afternoon as they left a Paris hotel. They are being questioned over accusations of invasion of privacy and “broadcasting images of a sexual nature without the permission of the person involved”.
Who is Alexandra de Taddeo Boyfriend Petr Pavlensky?
The 35-year-old first gained notoriety by nailing his scrotum to Moscow’s Red Square in 2013. He fled Russia and sought asylum in France when he was accused by the authorities of a sexual assault that he denied.
He served seven months in jail for setting the front door of the FSB intelligence agency on fire in Moscow and later caused minor damage to a Banque de France branch by setting that alight.
Before his arrest, he told French news channel LCI that Mr Griveaux was only the first politician that he would target, saying he would carry on fighting the “propaganda and puritanism of politicians”.
French media have traditionally avoided prying into the private lives of people in public life and a number of figures have referred distastefully to the “Americanisation” of politics.
Benjamin Griveaux Video
Detectives arrested the pair after Benjamin Griveaux, a former government minister and Macron ally, lodged a legal complaint following the release of videos of him performing a sex act on himself.
Russian-born Pavlensky, 36, who was granted political asylum in France in 2017, has admitted publishing the videos on a pornographic political website last week, saying he did so to highlight Griveaux’s “hypocrisy”. Police have been searching for Pavelensky since December after being called to a knife fight and also want to question him over this incident.
Who is Benjamin Griveaux?
Griveaux, a former minister and spokesman for Emmanuel Macron’s centrist La République en Marche (LREM) party, announced he was standing down as a candidate for Paris mayor to protect his family from what he described as a “vile” campaign.
Griveaux, a married father of three, had made family values a major part of his election campaign. The videos were made in May 2018 and sent to a woman, reported by French media to be 29-year-old lawyer De Taddeo, along with a series of text messages.
Richard Malka, Griveaux’s lawyer, dismissed as “preposterous” Pavlensky’s defence that he was exposing political hypocrisy.
“I have rarely come across anyone so cynical. This is an absolute sham, with pseudo artists who think they’re in a dictatorship and need to give moral lessons,” Malka told LCI television. “Of course, I do not believe he acted alone at all.”
Juan Branco, a lawyer for Pavlensky and De Taddeo, accused police of using the scandal to “deprive my clients of their freedom”, adding: “I would like the government to take responsibility for its acts.”
The Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed it was holding the pair. Police are trying to establish whether the woman was Pavlensky’s accomplice in the broadcasting of the films or whether her phone was hacked.
In France, so-called revenge porn is a crime punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of up to €60,000.
French health minister Agnes Buzyn on Sunday said she had been chosen as new candidate for Macron and his LREM party to challenge the current mayor, Anne Hidalgo, who is seeking a second six-year mandate in next month’s local elections.
A previous contender, Cédric Villani, an LREM MP, was threatened with expulsion from the party for refusing to make way for Griveaux.
What was the video’s impact?
The distribution of the clip, which spread quickly across social media last Thursday, brought condemnation from across the political spectrum.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said people’s private lives should be respected.
Far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon condemned the video’s release as “odious”, while far-right leader Marine Le Pen suggested Mr Griveaux should not have quit.
Mr Pavlensky has said he posted the video to expose what he sees as the politician’s hypocrisy.
Mr Griveaux, who is married with children and was once a government spokesman, condemned the distribution of the video as he withdrew his mayoral candidacy on Friday.
“My family does not deserve this. No-one should ever be subjected to such abuse,” he said.
On Sunday, French Health Minister Agnès Buzyn said she would be replacing Mr Griveaux as the En Marche party’s candidate for mayor of Paris.