Laurent Ruquier loses his lawsuit against Catherine Barma, he must pay her almost one million euros | TV

The presenter Laurent Ruquier was sentenced by the Paris Commercial Court to pay nearly one million euros in damages to his historic producer Catherine Barma, a decision that he will appeal, according to information from Télérama, confirmed to AFP on Tuesday by concordant sources.

The break between the presenter and Catherine Barma, who produced for 14 years “We do not lie” (ONPC), Laurent Ruquier’s former talk show, created in 2006 and broadcast until 2020 on France 2, and several other programs with the host (“We tried everything”, “We just asked to laugh”, etc.).

The two professional partners, who formed a powerful tandem on the small screen for 20 years, suddenly parted ways: the presenter decided to leave the ONPC and called another producer, Philippe Thuillier (who was already producing the television version of ” Big Heads ” ) to create a program launched in September on France 2, “We are live”.

Conviction

Laurent Ruquier was finally sentenced to pay 780,340 euros to Ms. Barma to compensate the loss of margin suffered by his production company “due to the insufficient notice of termination” and 219,375 euros “in compensation for the economic dismissals caused by the brutality of the rupture” . “, according to the sentence issued this Monday, which AFP was able to consult.

The host intends to appeal this decision, Céline Astolfe, Laurent Ruquier’s lawyer, confirmed to AFP Me.

After being insulted by the media brought after his professional breakup, the presenter and his former producer had ended up taking legal action in the spring of 2021.

Laurent Ruquier was the first to seize the Paris Commercial Court, demanding more than 300,000 euros from Catherine Barma, a sum that he considered to be his due as a former co-producer of ONPC. For her part, Catherine Barma, who had unsuccessfully demanded that Laurent Ruquier share the costs generated by the closure of the talk show (an event that forced her producer to fire thirty people), responded to the same court for “dismissal sudden” of their business relationship.

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