BBC NEWS AMERICA Russian activist’s girlfriend held over sex video

BBC NEWS AMERICA Russian activist’s girlfriend held over sex video

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Petr Pavlensky claims he posted the video online in an effort to expose hypocrisy

French police have arrested a woman in connection with the release of a sex video that brought down a political ally of President Emmanuel Macron. Alexandra de Taddeo is the girlfriend of activist Petr Pavlensky. Both were detained on Saturday but police did not initially reveal her arrest.She was arrested on charges of invasion of privacy and distributing personal images without consent, officials said.The video scuppered Benjamin Griveaux’s candidacy for mayor of Paris.It was published on a little-known website that alleged Mr Griveaux, 42, had exchanged intimate mobile phone messages and footage with a young woman.Ms de Taddeo is suspected of being the recipient of the intimate footage, France’s Le Figaro newspaper reported on Sunday, quoting the Paris prosecutor’s office. Mr Pavlensky, a Russian who sought asylum in France in 2017, earlier said that he was responsible for posting the video, which showed a man involved in a sexual act.He was detained on Saturday as part of a separate investigation into an alleged brawl in Paris on 31 December involving “wilful violence with a weapon”. Prosecutors later said that Ms de Taddeo, whom he had reportedly been in a relationship with since January 2019, was being held over the widely condemned release of
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