The Gold Coast Bulletin

Jockey charged with rape of rider

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PARIS: French champion jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot has been charged with the rape of a female rider at Cagnes-sur-Mer, prosecutor­s in Senlis announced.

Boudot, who won the 2019 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, is accused of raping the plaintiff on the night of February 17 on France’s Cote d’Azur. He denies the charge.

“My client, a 25-year-old woman from Chantilly’s racing community, was at a party,” lawyer Justine Devred told AFP.

“It’s highly likely she was made to drink or administer­ed substances to make her incapable of consent.

“She has flashes, long periods, moments when her body was no longer responding.”

A second jockey has been charged with failure to report a crime in connection with the case.

Although the alleged assault took place at the racing centre of Cagnes-sur-Mer near Nice the case was moved to Senlis near France’s flat racing headquarte­rs Chantilly where Boudot lives.

Boudot’s lawyer Florence Gaudillier­e said the jockey “categorica­lly denies” the charge. The 28year-old is also being investigat­ed for a second charge of rape, which he also denies, dating back to 2015.

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Pierre-Charles Boudot.

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