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Pierre-Barbizet Conservatory Faces Accusations Against Lyrical Singing Professor

In a growing scandal reminiscent of anti-#MeToo backlash, the Pierre-Barbizet Music Conservatory in Marseille has come under scrutiny as multiple students have accused one of their professors of sexual assault and rape. The professor in question teaches lyrical singing, and already faces three separate accusations from past students. Despite this, the institution has not suspended the alleged perpetrator, prompting concern over the conservatory’s stance on addressing and preventing such incidents.

A Fourth Student Speaks Out

A first-year student at the conservatory, identified only as Gabriel*, has added his voice to the list of accusers. This is particularly significant, as it marks the first time that allegations against the professor have resulted in public attention being drawn to the case. Gabriel states that he too experienced inappropriate behavior, including comments about his waist size, while attending the accused professor’s classes.

  • The 19-year-old decided to take action in order not to let the events continue unnoticed.
  • He believes that anyone who challenges the professor or the conservatory may face disciplinary action.
  • For Gabriel, speaking out represents an initial victory for victims who have suffered abuse at the hands of their teachers.

Reactions to the Allegations: An Anti #MeToo Situation?

While the situation has sparked heated debate, the Pierre-Barbizet Conservatory has yet to take decisive action by suspending the lyrical singer. This has led many to describe the response as an ‘anti #MeToo situation,’ characterized by dismissive attitudes and a lack of support for those who share their stories. Similar to the case of French actress Judith Godrèche, who faced resistance when speaking out about sexual harassment, the outcome so far is seen as stifling progress being made in addressing such misconduct within the cultural sector.

Local Society Responds to Accusations

The news has rapidly spread across social media, as locals discuss the merits of siding with or against the claims. In an increasingly polarized debate, it appears that the majority overwhelmingly supports transparency and justice. However, institutional reluctance to act decisively has left many feeling frustrated and disappointed in the conservatory’s handling of the allegations.

“We are in an anti #MeToo situation, an anti Judith Godrèche situation, with the Conservatory not suspending the lyrical singer despite accusations…” – Gabriel’s lawyer, Armand Feste-Guidon

A Call for Change

As the story continues to unfold at Pierre-Barbizet Conservatory, there is growing demand for accountability from the institution and protection for students. Important questions must be addressed:

  • What policies and procedures exist to ensure the safety and well-being of students?
  • How can educational institutions improve their response to incidents of sexual assault and harassment?
  • Are current systems doing enough to address underlying issues and protect victims?

Until these concerns are properly answered and addressed, it seems unlikely that the controversy will subside. The focus must remain on ensuring safe learning environments for all and supporting those who seek justice when situations become toxic.

Looking Ahead

In the aftermath of this scandal, increased scrutiny is likely to be directed toward other institutions as well. There is an urgent need to examine how sexual misconduct is dealt with in the larger context of academia and cultural organizations. The accusations against the lyrical singing professor at Pierre-Barbizet Conservatory serve as a reminder that progress must continue in tackling these issues, even as powerful forces resist change.


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