Rape charge jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot suspended from racing with immediate effect

PIERRE-CHARLES Boudot has been suspended by French racing authorities after he was yesterday charged with an alleged rape.

Boudot, 28, has initially been prevented from riding for two days.

On Wednesday, Boudot was charged with the alleged rape that was reported to have taken place in February.

Prosecutors took the decision after two days of questioning in police custody.

Boudot – who won the Arc in 2019 and has also struck at Royal Ascot – was also made a person of interest in a witness intimidation case.

Fellow jockey Pierre Bazire has been indicted on a charge of not reporting a crime and is also named as a witness in the case of intimidation.

France Galop, said in a statement that was released late on Wednesday: "We pronounced urgently a precautionary measure of immediate suspension of the authorisation to ride (of Mr. Boudot) for the next two days."

The authority will wait for more information to emerge before possible further action.

The allegations were made against Boudot after a party in February.

He had been booked to ride at Compiegne on Wednesday and at ParisLongchamp this afternoon.


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A French prosecutor said in a statement: "On February 19 a young female reported to police in Cagnes-sur-Mer evidence that suggested she had been raped during the night of February 17 and 18 by a jockey whose identity was subsequently revealed by the press to be Pierre-Charles Boudot.

"The case was passed by the court in Grasse to that of Senlis on account of the usual residence of both accused and plaintive, and an inquiry into the rape allegation was launched by the gendarmerie in Chantilly.

"At the end of a very long series of interviews the investigating officers took Pierre-Charles Boudot and another jockey – identified in the press as Pierre Bazire – into custody on May 10.

"Today, May 12, the criminal court in Senlis opened a hearing. The magistrate instructor has made the following decisions: Pierre-Charles Boudot is indicted for rape and is also named as a witness to intimidation of a witness; Pierre Bazire is indicted for not reporting a crime and is named as a witness to intimidation of a witness.

"The judge has placed Pierre Bazire and Pierre-Charles Boudot under judicial control. At the request of the court Pierre-Charles Boudot may not appear in the Oise department and must give a deposit of €50,000 to the court."

Boudot has also been accused of a separate case of rape dating back to 2015, which he denies.


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