Baudis denies allegations in L'Affaire Alegre

This article was updated at 4:30 p.m.

PARIS — Gallic TV watchdog topper Dominique Baudis is defending himself from a sexual smear campaign that he claims is orchestrated by the porn industry in its attempts to discredit his crusade to clean up French TV.

On Sunday the head of the Conseil Superieurde l’Audiovisuel (CSA) strenuously denied taking part in sadomasochistic parties arranged by serial killer Patrice Alegre between 1989 and 1997.

At the time Baudis was mayor of Toulouse. Two prostitutes allege that he and other city officials, including corrupt police officers, protected Alegre in return for access to the parties. They claim the police also helped to organize an illegal prostitution ring.

Alegre was sentenced to life in prison last year for the rape of six women and the murder of five of them.

The allegations against Baudis have arisen as a result of a new probe into six other murders committed in the 1990s.

“The porn industry wants to destroy me because I embarrass them, because I compromise their interests,” Baudis said during an interview on commercial web TF1 Sunday night.

“These revelations have only started to appear since we have taken strict measures to fight pornographic programs on television.”

Baudis is spearheading a very public campaign against porn on TV. The CSA prexy has been lobbying the government to stick to European directive Television Without Frontiers, which bans programs that could have “a detrimental effect on children.”

The campaign has met resistance from the porn industry — and pay TV platforms that stand to lose e519 million ($510 million) in revenue a year if the late-night porn shows are outlawed.

The watchdog topper was mayor of Toulouse from 1983-2001.

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