Russian artist charged in sex video case that felled Macron ally

Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky poses during a press interview with AFP. PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky was charged on Tuesday (Feb 18) for his role in the dissemination of a sex video that brought down President Emmanuel Macron's candidate for Paris mayor, his lawyer said.

Pavlensky, a Russian activist granted political asylum in France in 2017, has admitted to uploading the images onto a purpose-built website, saying he wanted to expose the "hypocrisy" of candidate Benjamin Griveaux, a married father of three.

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