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JUSTICE – Host Laurent Ruquier has been ordered by the Paris Commercial Court to pay nearly one million euros in damages to his historic producer Catherine Barma. A decision he will appeal, according to information from Teleramaconfirmed this Tuesday, June 21 to AFP by concordant sources.
The break is consummated between the host and Catherine Barma who produced for 14 years “We are not lying” (ONPC), the former talk show of Laurent Ruquier, created in 2006 and broadcast until 2020 on France 2, and several other shows with the host (“We tried everything”, “We only ask to laugh”, etc).
The two professional partners, who formed a powerful tandem on the small screen for 20 years, had broken up with a bang: the presenter had decided to stop ONPC and called on another producer, Philippe Thuillier (who was already producing the TV version des “Big heads”) to create a program launched in September on France 2, “On est en direct”.
A “brutal break”
Laurent Ruquier was finally ordered to pay 780,340 euros to Catherine Barma to compensate for the loss of margin suffered by his production company “due to the insufficient notice of termination” and 219,375 euros “in compensation for economic redundancies caused by the brutality of the rupture”, according to the judgment pronounced Monday, June 20, which was able to consult AFP.
The host intends to appeal this decision, confirmed to AFP Me Céline Astolfe, Laurent Ruquier’s lawyer.
After being insulted by the media interposed after their professional breakup, the host and his ex-producer ended up taking legal action in the spring of 2021. Laurent Ruquier was the first to seize the Paris commercial court, claiming Catherine Barma more than 300,000 euros, a sum he believed to be due to him 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 shutdown of the talk show (an event which forced her production company to lay off around thirty people), replied before the same court for “sudden termination” of their business relationship.
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