Royal Ascot jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot charged for alleged rape and person of interest in witness intimidation case

TOP French rider Pierre-Charles Boudot has been charged for an alleged rape after two days of questioning in police custody.

Boudot, 28, has also been made a person of interest in a witness intimidation case.

Fellow jockey Pierre Bazire has been indicted on a charge of not reporting a crime and is also named as a witness in the case of intimidation.

The state prosecutor for Senlis in France released details of the charges after Boudot had spent two days being questioned by police.

The allegations were made against Boudot after a party in February.

The jockey has won some of the biggest races at home in France, including the 2019 Arc on Waldgeist.

Boudot has also won at Royal Ascot and taken the Group 1 Sun Chariot at Newmarket.

He'd been due to ride this week but has since missed rides at Compiegne today.

A French prosecutior said in a statement today: "On February 19 a young female reported to police in Cagnes-sur-Mer evidence that suggested she had been raped during the night of February 17 and 18 by a jockey whose identity was subsequently revealed by the press to be Pierre-Charles Boudot.

"The case was passed by the court in Grasse to that of Senlis on account of the usual residence of both accused and plaintive, and an inquiry into the rape allegation was launched by the gendarmerie in Chantilly.

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"At the end of a very long series of interviews the investigating officers took Pierre-Charles Boudot and another jockey – identified in the press as Pierre Bazire – into custody on May 10.

"Today, May 12, the criminal court in Senlis opened a hearing. The magistrate instructor has made the following decisions: Pierre-Charles Boudot is indicted for rape and is also named as a witness to intimidation of a witness; Pierre Bazire is indicted for not reporting a crime and is named as a witness to intimidation of a witness.

"The judge has placed Pierre Bazire and Pierre-Charles Boudot under judicial control. At the request of the court Pierre-Charles Boudot may not appear in the Oise department and must give a deposit of €50,000 to the court."

Boudot has also been accused of a separate case of rape dating back to 2015, which he denies.

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