French Rocker Gets Early Prison Release

October 17, 2007 at 8:12 pm Leave a comment

Bertrand Cantat, a French rock starBertrand Cantat, the French rock star convicted of manslaughter in the 2003 beating death of his actress-girlfriend, left prison Tuesday after serving four years of an 8-year sentence.

Cantat, lead singer of Noir Desir (Black Desire), was released early for good behavior. He left the Muret prison near the southwest city of Toulouse in a car driven by the band’s drummer, Denis Barthe.

A Lithuanian court convicted Cantat in 2004 in the death of 41-year-old French actress Marie Trintignant in a Vilnius hotel room. Cantat was transferred to France after his arrest and trial.

Trintignant’s mother, Nadine Trintignant, had opposed Cantat’s early release, saying it was a blow for those fighting to end violence against women.

Toulouse Prosecutor Paul Michel said Cantat didn’t receive any special treatment.

Under the conditions of his release, the 43-year-old singer must undergo therapy, report regularly to see a judge and cannot speak publicly or publish any songs or audiovisual works about the crime. The measures will be in force until July 2010.

The love affair between Cantat and Marie Trintignant was once the focus of public fascination in France, where fans were shaken by her death. Trintignant was in Lithuania making a film when the two had the fatal dispute in their hotel room.



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