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Outreau affair: “no accused should have left prison”, the last testimony of one of the Delay children

The children of Myriam Badaoui and Thierry Delay still live with this heavy past. of the Outreau affair. Jonathan, one of the three sons, testifies in a Netflix documentary released on March 15.

[Mis à day March 15, 2024 3:23 p.m.]  Jonathan Delay, one of the three sons of Myriam Badaoui and Thierry Delay, went to work. re-entrusted in a new documentary series on the Outreau affair, one of the greatest French legal disasters ;ais, broadcast on Netflix since March 15, and called Outreau, a French nightmare.  In these four episodes,  he recounts what he suffered during his childhood and reacts to what he experienced during his childhood. the acquittal of 13 people out of the 17 accused. He says he does not understand why they are innocent and believes that these people remain involved. "None of the accused should have been convicted. get out of prison. But çit's only' me, unfortunately,” he laments. If the legal disaster, which led to the conviction and &agrav; the detention of thirteen innocent people remains in everyone's minds, the young children were well é victims of gang rape and psychological abuse. Four people were arrested. found guilty: their mother Myriam Badaoui, her ex-husband Thierry Delay and a couple of neighbors. Eight other children were taken into custody. recognized as victims of rape during the trials of the case, in 2004 and 2005.

For the first time since the parliamentary inquiry commission of 2006, judge Fabrice Burgaud speaks in this new documentary. He answers questions calmly, remains distant and cold and sticks to the facts. “There are fortunately defense mechanisms, otherwise we go crazy (…) If I have to have a thought, it's for the victims , which we have completely denied."

The France 2 documentary series had been released poorly received by Jonathan Delay

This is the second documentary series which deals with the affair. France 2 broadcast on Tuesday January 24 the latest & eacute;episodes of the'Outreau Affair. If Olivier Ayache-Vidal, one of the two directors with Agnès Pizzini, assured  with France Tétévisions having held "à what [the protagonists] feel proud to have participated" to the project, the desired feelingé Certainly has not been the case. shared by everybody. "Overplayed, caricatured and far-fetched. Far from the dream that I had been presented with; during the announcement of the project, denounced one of the Delay children, Jonathan, on Twitter, calling nothing more and nothing less for a national boycott of this series; that he did not miss to qualify as "abominable hoax".

In the columns of Parisien, the young man explains the reasons for his anger. "I'gaveé nearly nine hours of interview, the production of which kept the same quality. three minutes. The rendering which was obtained fact is the antithesis of the commitment made by production. It's taken out of context, overplayed. and defamatory,” he assures, adding: “It’s always the same speech: lying children with a mythomaniac mother and an incompetent judge locked up 13 innocent people in prison for nothing. These people have not been arrested. innocent, they were é acquitted for some for the benefit of the doubt." 

For Jonathan Delay, "92% of the time is spent working on projects. &agrav; the voice of the innocent compared to only 8% for children, à their defenders and social workers. He thus reproaches à France Tétévisions "total biasé in favor of the acquitted. Finally, the 28-year-old young man believes he has been misrepresented. "When you watch the series, you get the impression that I regret having lied. […] Now I didn't lie, the children didn't lie. This is what I would have liked! let me say. I have rage."

A chaotic journey for children Delay

The lives of the children of Thierry Delay and Myriam were very different. very chaotic. In 2015, during another trial to judge Daniel Legrand, an acquitted accused subsequently by three of the Delay children, Chérif Delay had confided in them. on his journey. Âgé then 25 years old, he toldé have been é quickly marginalized and have been é judged for domestic violence: "I ended up homeless, the day I turned 18, drunk, smoked, provoked the police. […] I have ups and downs. I even became violent with my partner, that's why I'm incarcerated… I got it. “I feel like I'm reproducing certain things from my past, basically violence,” he said. bar. Chérif Delay has since spent several stays in a psychiatric hospital, he has also beené condemned 14 times by the courts since 2008 and incarcerated; 7 times for theft, death threats and violence.

In March 2022, during a new trial for domestic violence against two former partners, he recounted his report to the Versailles court. violence: “I don't like women, I have a problem with that. I take responsibility for my side violent. I am not responsible for who I am, but I am responsible for what I do", adding: "My companions toasted. I&# “I wanted to kill them, I knew what I was going to do,” he said. Chérif Delay wasé indicted for attempted murder.

Jonathan Delay, who speaks in the Netflix documentary, has written a book to recount the suffering he endured during his childhood and in recent years. Beyondà of the irreparable has été published February 24, 2021, published by Louise Courteau. Jonathan Delay also created an association to support child victims of sexual abuse, and confided, a few years ago to the Parisien, "gal& ;eacute;rer". Returning to the release of his parents in this same interview given to the capital's daily newspaper in 2016, he indicated: not having seen his mother again and brushing off about the recent outing, & At the time, from his father: “I don’t care. He makes his life, I make mine!"

Dimitri Delay remains as for à more discreet, he had accepted to speak in 2013 in Le Point, à on the occasion of the release of a documentary film on the Outreau affair. "I no longer believe in justice; for me, justice creates injustice,” he said, adding: “This affair consumes us from the inside, it continues to” ;haunt us. Growing up, you feel like you're hated. by everybody. I'm trying to get by, working in my specialty: welding. I have a roof over my head, I eat outside. my hunger. […] To evacuate, to relieve myself, I write rap lyrics.". The Delay brothers do not have peaceful relations. "Çit remains very complicated", Jonathan said to Le Parisien.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116