“It was a rape…”: Bilal Hassani confides in the sexual assault he suffered in 2019

“It was a rape…”: Bilal Hassani confides in the sexual assault he suffered in 2019

Bilal Hassani will be the portrait of the show Sept à Huit this Sunday, September 11. Facing Audrey Crespo-Mara, the singer spoke of the sexual assault he suffered in 2019.

It was in 2015, on the set of The Voice Kids, that TF1 viewers met a sixteen-year-old teenager. He performed the song Rise Like a Phoenix of Conchita Wurst who had won Eurovision the previous year. A remarkable performance that marked the spirits and allowed this young singer to find a place in the hearts of the French. Today, it is under the name of Bilal Hassani that he is known and that he has a string of successes. He is the portrait of the week of Audrey Crespo-Mara in the show seven to eight this Sunday, September 11. The opportunity for him to make revelations about his private life, through the death threats he is the subject of but also the sexual assault of which he was the victim. He first remembered a “night that turned into a nightmare” before adding: “It’s something that’s been haunting me since the year it happened. It was in 2019″. Facing the journalist, Bilal Hassani continues his explanation: “The alleged abuser is someone in my circle, whom I trusted“. But what happened?”We left in the evening. And I came back from that evening with him. I had had two or three drinks, but I didn’t feel what you feel when you only drink two or three drinks”he remembered before adding: “I was clearly under the influence of a substance that I had not wanted to take”. Shocking secrets.

During this interview, Bilal Hassani was determined to be transparent. After indicating that he was under the influence of a substance, the singer recalled returning home but things got worse. “I started having blackouts, times when I lost my memory“, he explained before clarifying: “And I was waking up, and it was happening, which can translate to sexual assault. It was rape. So”. Very complicated words to use for him who adds that when he woke up, his alleged attacker was at his side in his bed. “I said to myself, ‘Don’t ask questions, don’t say anything, move on, move on’he confided, assuring that he was certainthat this person had sexually abused him. Subsequently, the singer declares having spoken about it to his relatives but he still affirms that he does not “could not file a complaint“. The reason ? “I did not feel the courage to speak in public. And that’s the only time I’m gonna do it“, he assured. Another reason why Bilal Hassani did not wish to file a complaint is so as not to “give a new string to feed the hate I receive”, he continued before adding: “If I had filed a complaint, it would have been known, fairly quickly, and it would have become the subject”.

Bilal Hassani: had he already mentioned his past?

This is not the first time that Bilal Hassani has been transparent about his private life. In the show 50’Inside last December, the young man spoke of his childhood and the harassment he suffered. “Arriving at school was a bit of a shock, because I find myself with kids who don’t understand who I am.“, he had first explained before specifying that all this took place mainly in college.It was not funny because a lot of harassment and even harassment that I say invisible. That is to say that everyone makes fun of you without really saying it“, he then continued. A very complicated situation for him: “It has happened to me that someone asked me for a photo and it was someone who was not very nice to me in college. But I forgive. My heart is peaceful”he continued, also ensuring that he had no “I don’t want to cling to these things, they are too negative“.

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