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Belgian TV presenter Bart De Pauw found guilty in MeToo case

In Belgium, TV personality Bart De Pauw has been found guilty in a MeToo case. He has been given a six-month suspended sentence and therefore does not have to go to prison. The Public Prosecution Service had demanded a suspended prison sentence of one year.

De Pauw was on trial for stalking nine women he worked with. Among the victims were actresses well-known in Belgium such as Maaike Cafmeyer, Lize Feryn and Liesa Naert. He also harassed stylists and interns by sending inappropriate messages. According to the prosecutor, there were possibly even 13 victims.

The judge found some of the charges proven and some others not. De Pauw was found guilty of stalking five women and “nuisance with electronic means of communication” of a sixth. A number of women receive compensation of 1 euro. 53-year-old Pauw was present in court when the verdict was read, together with his wife.

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During the trial, the prosecutor emphasized the seriousness of the allegations against De Pauw, although he said there was no sexual abuse. “He is no Harvey Weinstein, no monster, but he has seriously disturbed the peace of the women.”

The fact that there was a relationship of authority was also a factor. “Bart De Pauw was a kind of god in the television landscape, the golden boy with whom everyone wanted to work.” But there was also another side, according to the OM. “He was also pathetic, had a hard time getting older and craved attention from young women.”

De Pauw dismissed the charges during the trial as innocent flirtation, but did apologize. He reacted with disappointment, but did not yet say whether he will appeal. “We will read the verdict at our leisure.”

Belgian TV presenter Bart De Pauw found guilty in MeToo case
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