The correctional court of Paris has given them reason to be John Malkovich, in the defamation lawsuit filed by the american actor, the daily newspaper The World and two of its journalists. They had said, in February 2015 in the framework of the revelations “SwissLeaks” on the bank HSBC, that he had an account hidden in Switzerland, which the actor denies.
a rare Thing, the correctional court of Paris has also ordered the daily to publish in A and in home page of its website a judiciary statement, once the decision became final. The two journalists in question, Gérard Davet and Fabrice, the Man, were each sentenced to 1500 euros fine, the director of the publication to 1000 euros fine. All three were sentenced to pay, jointly and severally, in a total of 10 000 euros in damages and interest to John Malkovich. “My clients are obviously call,” said their lawyer, mr. Christophe Bigot.
Swissleaks, the case of tax evasion at HSBC
“We welcome this conviction that restores the truth and who determines the responsibility of journalists, who have not hesitated, at the cost of an investigation of a lightness confusing, to throw grazed the name of a character, mainly because she was known”, have responded to the defenders of the actor, My Julia Minkowski and Hervé Temime.
In its edition dated 10 February 2015 and on its website as early as 8 February, The World had published a survey referring to the system of tax evasion set up by the british bank, with the hub in its swiss subsidiary. The daily quoted the names of several persons who have held, between 2005 and 2007, an account hidden in Switzerland. There was that of John Malkovich, a “product appeal,” argued one of the lawyers of the actor.
“Not only is John Malkovich has not defrauded the tax man”, but “especially”, he has “never had an account with the HSBC bank”, according to Me, Julia Minkowski. He had, in fact, a securities account in a bank that was bought out by HSBC, it was declared and was closed on 30 November 1999, a month before the creation of the swiss subsidiary offending.
“It is not because it is unpleasant that it is defamatory”
At the hearing on July 1, the prosecutor Annabelle Philippe had deplored the fact that journalists Gerard Davet and Fabrice, the Man may not have had “the elegance of coming to recognize the lack of seriousness of their investigation.” Has to give in to the “weakness to put a name that shines”, one takes “the risk of discredit the whole article”, she estimated.
You can’t “push the loud screams”, had argued for The World Me Christophe Bigot, “it is undeniable” that John Malkovich has, “at one point” open an account “in a small bank discreet, in a country non-cooperative”. “It is not because it is unpleasant that it is defamatory”, and had called the lawyer, believing that in the passages pursued by the actor, “there is no imputation of tax evasion”.