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'Male model' (68) hit with rape charges after sex in the dark

Henry Samuel

Published 05/05/2015 | 02:30

Fifty Shades of Grey book cover
Fifty Shades of Grey book cover

A Frenchman masquerading as a 37-year-old "male model" offering women '50 Shades of Grey'-type sex dates in the dark is facing rape charges after they belatedly discovered he was a short, fat and balding 68-year old.

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The man calling himself Anthony Laroche attracted much female interest on several dating websites after depicting himself as a young, mysterious prince charming with a photo highlighting his smouldering gaze, square jaw and designer stubble.

Adding spice to the proceedings, "Anthony" proposed a "blind" date in which the two total strangers had sex in the dark on their first encounter at his flat in Nice, southern France.

One such date known only as Sylvie (40) told police that she fell for the "good-looking man with brown hair and blue eyes" after coming across his profile on dating site Zoosk.

After a steamy text message exchange last year, "he explained he wanted to play a game like in '50 Shades of Grey' to make things more exciting," she told 'Le Parisien' newspaper.

Once inside his dark flat, she was ordered to don a blindfold and then join "Anthony" in the bedroom. After having sex and despite his reticence to turn on the lights, she flicked the switch to find herself in bed with "a man of around 65 with glasses, balding and all wrinkly," she is cited as saying. "He didn't correspond at all to the photo. I felt total disgust."

A second alleged victim, known only as Leïla, had a similar experience.

After sex, "he didn't want me to take off the blindfold. When I insisted, he got angry. I ended up seeing his silhouette in the dark. He was old, pot-bellied with a big nose," she said. "I told him: 'It wasn't you in the photo.' He said: 'No, but I had grown fond of you and was afraid to admit it.' I left in disgust."

Police arrested the 68-year old man, known only as Michel, on March 17, placing him under formal investigation for "rape by surprise". During questioning, he reportedly admitted to having found a photo of a male model "on Google" as a "way of maintaining my anonymity".

Asked whether he had committed rape, he reportedly said: "For me, when she entered the bedroom naked, she was consenting. At that moment, she couldn't care less what I looked like. If she had asked just once if I was really the man in the photo, I would have told her the truth."

He added: "Some women have a crazy side to them and like men who surprise them."

His lawyer, Laurent Poumarède, said at no time did his client force the women to have sex.

Police subsequently discovered that two other women had filed similar legal complaints in 2009 and 2013, which were never followed up. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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