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12 items from 2003

Trintignant family welcome manslaughter trial

3 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

PARIS -- The lawyer acting for the family of late French actress Marie Trintignant said Tuesday that they welcome the decision by a Vilnius, Lithuania, public prosecutor to try Noir Desir pop star Bertrand Cantat for intentional manslaughter, equivalent to first-degree murder in the United States. The Lithuanian authorities have set the trial for early next year. They have held Cantat in solitary confinement in the Lithuanian capital's Lukiskui prison since he was accused of beating his actress girlfriend in a Vilnius hotel room July 28. Trintignant subsequently died in a Paris hospital Aug. 1. »

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Cantat lawyer seeks order to block book

1 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

PARIS -- Rock star Bertrand Cantat's lawyer sought an injunction in a Paris court Wednesday against the sale and distribution of a book by French director Nadine Trintignant about her daughter, actress Marie Trintignant. Cantat is awaiting trial in connection with the actress' death. Cantat's lawyer Olivier Metzner said the book, "My Daughter Marie", called his client a "murderer" 73 times, though Cantat has yet to be tried in the killing of Marie Trintignant, his girlfriend. Metzner has accused Nadine Trintignant of commercializing the tragic death of her daughter. Cantat, the 39-year-old lead singer of rock band Noir Desir, has been charged in the Aug. 1 death of Marie Trintignant and has been detained in a Lithuanian prison on suspicion of beating her to death during a late-July row in their Vilnius, Lithuania, hotel room (HR 8/15). The book, with an initial print run of 140,000, is described as a mother's emotional account of her daughter's life and death and has been selling well since its high-profile release Monday. The court will examine the case against the book, published by Fayard, on Friday. Cantat, who will be tried in Lithuania in December, has pleaded that the death was not premeditated but was an accident. »

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Abuse in spotlight after Trintignant's death

18 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

PARIS -- French rock singer Bertrand Cantat's dark good looks have been staring out from the front page of French magazines and papers for the past two weeks. But not because the band he fronts, Noir Desir, has released a new album. Cantat is in the spotlight because he is charged with giving his actress girlfriend, Marie Trintignant, a fatal beating. It's no understatement to say the affair has shocked France. News of Trintignant's injuries and the circumstances surrounding the incident have blown the lid off one of the strongest taboos in French society. When she succumbed Aug. 1 after five days in a coma, Trintignant instantly became a symbol of women victims of male violence. She was 41 and the mother of four children. Cantat is in custody pending an investigation. He faces as many as 15 years in prison if convicted. »

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Report details actress' violent death

17 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

PARIS -- Marie Trintignant died after several blows to the face and violent shaking, according to the final autopsy report on the French actress, details of which were made public Thursday by her family's lawyer, Georges Kiejman. Compiled by two pathologists, the report found that the actress suffered a shattering of the bones in the nose, cerebral lesions similar to those observed by shaken babies, hemorrhaging of the optic nerve and multiple facial traumas, Kiejman said. The daughter of actor Jean-Louis Trintignant, the actress suffered her injuries in a hotel in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius in the early hours of July 27. She never regained consciousness and was airlifted to France, where she died Aug. 1 from a cerebral edema. She was 41. »

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Murder charge for boyfriend of Trintignant

9 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

MOSCOW -- Prosecutors in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius have charged French rock singer Bernard Cantat with murder in connection with the death of his girlfriend, actress Marie Trintignant, who died Aug. 1. The Noir Desir singer faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty. Public prosecutor Anastas Klimavicius on Friday upgraded earlier charges of grievous bodily harm to murder after receiving a copy of Trintignant's death certificate showing that the French actress died as a result of repeated blows to the head during an July 27 incident at her hotel in Vilnius, officials said. Vidmantas Putelis, a spokesman for the Vilnius prosecutor's office, said a court application would be made by today at the latest to extend the current remand order on Cantat, which expires Thursday. "Under the Lithuanian criminal code, Mr. Cantat faces between five and 15 years in prison if found guilty of murder," the spokesman said. Lithuanian authorities have so far refused requests from Trintignant's family and lawyers for Cantat to have the singer extradited to France for trial. »

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Marie Trintignant Buried After Star-Studded Tribute

7 August 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

An array of French stars turned out to pay tribute to French actress Marie Trintignant at her funeral yesterday. Trintignant - who died last week aged 41, after sustaining severe head injuries in a shocking domestic drama - was buried at Paris's Pere Lachaise cemetery, the resting place of Irish writer Oscar Wilde and American rocker Jim Morrison. Her internment followed a tribute ceremony attended by her family and friends including screen legend Catherine Deneuve. Former Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, British actress Jane Birkin and director Claude Lelouch were among celebrities who gathered at the Edouard VII theatre, where they sang songs in memory of the daughter of movie star Jean-Louis Trintignant. The actress slipped into an irreversible coma on 27 July after an incident at her hotel in Lithuania, where she was shooting a film about the French writer Colette. She died on Friday after being flown to France. An autopsy showed her death was caused by repeated blows to the head. Her boyfriend, singer Bertrand Cantat of the top French rock bank Noir Desir, is being held in jail by Lithuanian authorities pending an investigation. »

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Suspect Learned of Trintignant's Death Days Later

6 August 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The rocker accused of fatally beating Marie Trintignant didn't learn of the actress' death until Monday - three days after she succumbed to her injuries. Bertrand Cantat, who is imprisoned in Lithuania, was not told earlier because he was too unstable - even talking about killing himself - to cope with the news, says his attorney Leonas Papirtis. Papirtis adds that Cantat "took it very, very badly". Trintignant, 41, was hospitalized in the city of Vilnius on July 27 after Cantat allegedly beat her at the hotel where they were staying with her mother and one of her sons. She was flown from Lithuania to France, where she was kept alive on a respirator before she died Friday. Cantat, 39, lead singer of France's most popular rock band Noir Desir, denies beating the actress and no charges have been filed. Officials are expected to take at least two weeks before deciding on any indictment. Trintignant, daughter of French film director Jean-Louis Trintignant, had been in Lithuania since June filming TV movie Colette, about the French writer. »

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Blows caused Trintignant's death, says autopsy

4 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

PARIS -- An autopsy on French actress Marie Trintignant, who died on Friday after five days in a coma, has concluded that repeated blows to the head caused her death, a judicial official said at the weekend. Police in Lithuania, where the actress suffered her injuries, is detaining Trintignant's boyfriend, French rock singer Bertrand Cantat, in connection with the death. "She succumbed to a trauma from multiple blows to the face, which caused cranial trauma, and blows to various other areas, which confirms what doctors first concluded," an official at the Paris prosecutor's office told Reuters. Trintignant, 41, daughter of movie star Jean-Louis Trintignant and a familiar face in French films since her childhood, died in a French hospital a day after being flown back from Vilnius in a coma. Doctors in Lithuania had performed two operations to try to save her. The autopsy was carried out Friday evening. Cantat, lead singer in one of France's most popular bands, Noir Desir, is behind bars in Lithuania after being placed under arrest on Thursday for two weeks. He is being held in the prison hospital under a strict suicide watch owing to his fragile mental state. His lawyer only informed him Monday that Trintignant had died. Cantat has maintained that Trintignant's injuries were the result of an accidental fall during a fight. »

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Marie Trintignant Dies from Head Injuries

4 August 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

French actress Marie Trintignant has died from massive head injuries after an alleged beating by her boyfriend. Trintignant's lawyer Georges Kiejman says the 41-year-old passed away Friday at the Hartmann Clinic in Neuilly-Sur-Seine, an eastern suburb of Paris, after being flown back France from Lithuania in a coma. Trintignant had been filming a TV movie with her director mother Nadine Trintignant. She had been in a coma since last Sunday, July 27, after an alleged altercation with rocker boyfriend Bertrand Cantat, 39, left them both in hospital. Cantat - who sings in popular French band Noir Desir - is in detention for two weeks while Lithuanian cops investigate the incident, and is now a prime suspect in the murder investigation, after being detained on "suspicion of causing bodily injury". Trintignant, a mother of four, was flown back to France from Vilnius at the request of her family. »

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French actress Trintignant dies; boyfriend in custody

1 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

French actress Marie Trintignant died Friday in a clinic near Paris after spending five days in a coma resulting from a blow to the head received while working in Lithuania, the neurosurgeon who treated her said. She was 41 and the mother of four children. Lithuanian police remanded Trintignant's boyfriend, French rock singer Bertrand Cantat, in custody pending an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatal injury. A court in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Thursday ordered Cantat held in connection with the incident for an additional 14 days while evidence is gathered. Trintignant was admitted to Vilnius University Hospital in the early hours of July 27 already in a coma. The actress underwent two operations to drain blood from around her brain but never showed any sign of recovery, hospital officials said. Still in a deep coma, she was flown home to Paris late Thursday. »

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Trintignant Has "Last Chance" Brain Surgery

31 July 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Comatose French actress Marie Trintignant has undergone a "last chance" brain operation in an effort to save her life - after her family begged doctors to try everything. Trintignant remains in a deep coma after being discovered unconscious at a Lithuanian hotel on Sunday. Police are questioning her musician boyfriend Bertrand Cantat - who allegedly beat her on the night in question. Her film director parents Jean-Louis Trintignant and Nadine, and her son Roman are keeping a vigil at her bedside but doctors fear that the second surgery did nothing to improve her condition. Doctor Robertas Kvascevicius says, "We have done an operation at the request of the patient's relatives and it was a last chance operation because the patient's condition was very complicated. Unfortunately, I think her days are numbered now because she is in a deep coma, and the surgical decompression that was performed wasn't enough." »

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French Actress in a Coma After Beating

30 July 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

French actress Marie Trintignant is hospitalized in a coma after allegedly being beaten at her Lithuania hotel on Sunday. Police have identified her boyfriend, French rock singer Bertrand Cantat, as a suspect. Trintignant, 41, was brought to the hospital on Sunday morning from the Vilnius Domina Plaza Hotel where she was staying with her mother and Cantat, says DR. Robertas Kvascevicius, a physician treating her at Vilnius University Hospital. Trintignant, daughter of film star Jean-Louis Trintignant, who is in the European country to film in a TV movie, underwent surgery to ease pressure on her brain caused by cerebral hemorrhaging but remains in a coma. The doctor says, "At this point, I cannot promise anything." Kvascevicius says that Trintignant is being kept alive by artificial respiration, adding, "In such cases, the chances for survival are minimal. The rate of mortality is 90 to 95 per cent. There is little chance she will pull through it." Cantat is suspected of beating her early Sunday morning, says police spokeswoman Ruta Andruiskaite. She says Cantat, lead singer of the popular French band Noir Desir, had been admitted to the same hospital Sunday after drinking "dangerously high" amounts of alcohol but that he was released Monday, returning to the Domina Plaza Hotel. He was expected to go under police interrogation Tuesday. »

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