Cyril de Lalagade is, as they say, a young man, born well. He is the heir to the prestigious Parisian restaurant “La Maison du Caviar,” which now has branched out worldwide, and is also the Vice President of Caviar Volga. A successful man whose resume hides a troubled past and a love of wild parties, drugs, sex and pretty women.
Caviar, cocaine and orgies in Paris’ rich neighborhoods was the setting for the now 42-year-old’s parties where he allegedly committed “rape, torture and barbaric acts” for which he is now standing trial.
According to several guests – including the son-in-law of a former French minister, film producers, luxury real-estate agents and wannabe starlets accepting occasional prostitution – “freebase,” burned cocaine that triggers immediate addiction when inhaled, was available for free.
In exchange for a few lines of coke, Lalagade also had Ketamine delivered by a nurse working in a Parisian hospital. This anesthetic traditionally used on animals, is known for its disinhibitive and aphrodisiac effects, and can easily and discreetly be mixed with cocaine. Witnesses told investigators that Lalagade insisted on having sex with the girls at the end of the parties. Those who refused were dismissed and branded as “useless.”
At the time, he already had two partners, who each gave him a child. In 2005, he met Inès, then a model for the famous Elite agency. “He was unstoppable when he took freebase,” she told investigators, saying she verbally refused some sexual practices but was physically incapable of fighting back because she was under the influence of drugs.
On a flight from France to the US in 2001, he made another important friend, an assistant prosecutor for a Paris court. The 50-year-old who was going through a divorce at the time found him “endearing, charming, polite with his heart on his sleeve.” A year later, Cyril introduced him to his mother, who eventually moved in with the magistrate after the death of Cyril’s beloved 19-year-old step-sister in a car crash.
Questioned by investigators back in 2007, the magistrate denied knowing anything about Cyril’s offences. But the tape of a very tense phone conversation in July 2006 showed otherwise. Cyril’s mother accused him of not doing anything and the magistrate replied that he helped her son “avoid prison.” As proof, his promise to organize a lunch, “once the case is settled,” with the judge who decided to put Cyril under judicial control.
A psychiatric evaluation in July 2007, while Cyril was in jail, noted a “potential for dangerous behavior,” and no sign of regret or guilt.
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