Dieudonné fined 30,000 euros for public insult to a magistrate
In a video published in 2020 on YouTube, we saw Dieudonné compare a magistrate from Nanterre to women who collaborated in the Nazi regime. But the latter claims to be the victim of a “deepfake”.
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The controversial comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala was sentenced Wednesday April 14 to a fine of 30,000 euros by the court of Versailles for public insult to a magistrate in a video, of which he had denied being the author.
In this video, published on April 8, 2020 on YouTube and then withdrawn, we saw Dieudonné, now 65 years old, vigorously criticizing the requisitions of a magistrate from Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine), comparing her in particular to women having collaborated with the Nazi regime. At a first hearing in November, Dieudonné formally contested being the man in the video, claiming to be the victim of a “deepfake”, a sophisticated technique consisting, among other things, of superimposing one face on another. The court then ordered new investigations into the authenticity of the video and postponed the trial until March 15. Searches at Dieudonné’s home and the premises of his entertainment company had failed to find a film location.
The latter reacted, through the voice of his lawyer, by comparing himself to George Floyd, who died in 2020 after long minutes immobilized under the knee of a police officer in the United States, and to Adama Traoré, who died in 2016 after his arrest. by gendarmes in France. “Like his brothers George Floyd and Adama Traoré, Dieudonné has the feeling of being treated like a black man whose rights and life no longer have any value since he is today condemned in France, in 2021, for words he did not make “, said Me David de Stefano.