Centfour director suspended after report of sexual assault

Director of Centquatre-Paris since 2010, José-Manuel Gonçalvès is the subject of an administrative suspension measure, following a report in the context of a “procedure relating to sexual and gender-based violence”. The suspension was announced by Centquatre in a press release published on Saturday February 3. The cultural center specifies that this measure is “as a precautionary measure, for a maximum duration of four months”. However, it does not mention any complaint being filed and provides no details on the causes of the investigation.

The Centfour only indicates that “the acts mentioned would have been committed within the framework of the director’s duties during a business trip”in response to the revelations of Telerama. The general inspectorate of the City of Paris will carry out an administrative investigation within the establishment, in coordination with the Paris public prosecutor’s office, for facts which could be considered criminal.

Carine Rolland, the president of Centquatre, convened an extraordinary board of directors to inform the administrators and teams of the situation. Clémentine Aubry, the general secretary and assistant to the director, is acting on an interim basis during the investigation. The City of Paris recalled being “attached to the principle of the presumption of innocence” and that she “will always fight sexual and gender-based violence with the greatest firmness and will always stand alongside the victims”.

Located in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, the Centquatre is a cultural center which houses performance halls and free spaces dedicated to artistic practices. Inaugurated in 2008, the place regularly opens the doors of its workshops to the public and hosts numerous artistic events.

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