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Brussels nightclub owner accused of sexual assault will not be prosecuted
Brussels nightclub owner Carl De Moncharline will not be prosecuted for sexual abuse, reports Bruzz. The Brussels public prosecutor's office has dismissed the various complaints against him after carrying out its investigation.
It's not clear what investigative actions have been taken, although the prosecutor's office said earlier this month that evidence would be collected through camera images, biological traces and the interrogation of witnesses. However, according to de Moncharline's lawyer, there was "insufficient evidence".
The allegations of sexual abuse by Carl De Moncharline came out in an RTBF report at the end of March. De Moncharline's name had also been mentioned several times on the Instagram page of Balance Ton Bar, the citizen organisation set up in protest against sexual assaults in the capital’s nightclubs and bars.
According to some of the testimonies in which De Moncharline was mentioned, alleged abuse had taken place at the now closed club ‘The Wood’ in the Bois de la Cambre where he had been the manager. At the time of the allegations against him going public, De Moncharline was the manager of bar L'Impérial, not far from Place Poelaert.
De Moncharline had been removed from his position as manager of L'Impérial at the beginning of this month, when the judicial investigation began. It is not clear whether he will now resume his position. The board of directors remain unavailable for comment.
De Moncharline, whose real name is Carl De Rijcke, has always denied the allegations. He, in turn, has filed a defamation complaint against his accusers, a separate investigation that the Brussels public prosecutor's office confirmed is still ongoing.
When told that he would not be prosecuted, De Moncharline told reporters: “I'm excited to hear it. I knew the complaints were lies."