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A Woman Was Sexually Assaulted During A Gameshow Based On Kim Kardashian West's Robbery

The segment featured a woman who was zip-tied and put in a bathroom and a male contestant who had to free her from the bathroom.

Posted on October 14, 2016, at 7:07 a.m. ET

French TV presenter Cyril Hanouna is currently trying to break a national record by being on air for 35 hours straight. The program started on Thursday and will end on Saturday. Hanouna is even keeping the camera rolling as he sleeps.

Twitter: @C8TV

"Good night Baba ✨ let's let @Cyrilhanouna sleep a little, and he's on later with @CamilleCombal for @VirginTonicOff #35HoursOfBaba"

A little after midnight on Friday morning, Hanouna set up a segment based on the Kim Kardashian West Fashion Week robbery in Paris.

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Hanouna often switches between outrageous comedy and wholesome entertainment. He's the head of a popular panel show and has a massive audience in France.

A panelist on the show named Jean-Michel Maire played a locksmith who had to free a woman named Soraya from a bathtub. The game was parodying the way Kardashian West was tied up and put in her bathtub by thieves earlier this month.

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Maire was given a giant set of keys and had to try each one to free Soraya from the bathtub.

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He eventually "won" the game.

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Hanouna then said Maire deserved a victory kiss from Soraya. In the footage, Hanouna then asks Soraya if she's excited about giving Maire a kiss.

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She says no. Then Maire replies that he thinks she actually said yes. Soraya then says again, firmly, that she doesn't want to kiss Maire.

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Then, after a bit of back and forth between Hanouna and Maire, Maire says, "Well, let's go now." Hanouna says, "Just a little peck on the cheek." Soraya turns her cheek and then Maire instead kisses her breasts.

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Viewers were horrified. Many could not believe that Hanouna allowed a sexual assault on live television.

Twitter: @ADAN_Officiel

"Sexual assault live on the show of this asshole Hanouna."

"Well, the #35HoursOfBaba has switched from disgusting to pathetic and I can't laugh."

According to French law, a sexual assault consitutes any sexual act that involves violence, coercion, threat, or surprise.

Twitter: @SmOutch_

"Soraya has already had to say she didn't want to be kissed — what the other asshole decides to do is kiss her breasts... lazy 😷#TPMP"

It's punishable by five years' imprisonment and a 75,000-euro fine.

Twitter: @LorenzZorro

"It's called sexual assault @jmmaireofficiel #35HoursOfBaba #TPMP"

"@TPMP #35HoursOfBaba a well-placed kiss"

So far Maire hasn't publicly addressed the incident. BuzzFeed France has reached out to Maire for comment.

The network airing Hanouna's 35-hour program, C8, declined to comment. A spokesperson did note, however, that Hanouna asked Maire to apologize right after the incident.


The Superior Council of Audiovisual (CSA), the government institution in France that regulates radio and television, tweeted Friday that it had received over 250 complaints about Hanouna's 35 Hours of Baba and is investigating it.

Twitter: @csaudiovisuel

"The CSA has received over 250 complaints concerning the program 35 Hours of Baba. An investigation will be filed soon."

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.