French protestors accuse Bohème director of rape

A performance of La Bohème at Rouen, in Normandy, had to be evacuated after protesters in the audience shouted slogans and threw leaflets, accusing the director of having allegedly raped one of their friends.

The protesters set off alarms as they left the auditorium, which set the evacuation in motion.

The public prosecutor’s office in Rouen has opened an investigation.

The director, warned in advance of the protest, left the city before the performance.

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  • “The director, warned in advance of the protest, left the city before the performance.”
    Not quite. The director of Opéra de Rouen (Frédéric Roels) was informed by members of his team, of inappropriate behaviour by the stage director (Laurent Laffargue) toward a person participating in the production.
    It was then that Mr. Roels “intervened so that the director would no longer be in contact with the person” in question. It was after that, that Mr. Laffargue left town.

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