Grigny (France)

World Gone Bad: Teen Crucified, Tortured in Alleged Exorcism Led by Ex-Boyfriend

Three men and one woman appeared in a court in France accused of torture after the 19-year-old victim was found at a housing estate in Grigny, in the southern suburbs of Paris.

She was emaciated, dehydrated, had been beaten and was in a state of shock, AFP reports.

The four accused allegedly tied up the woman, known only as Antoinette, in the position of Christ on the cross. She was kept bound to a mattress for seven days.

One of the men on trial is the woman’s former boyfriend, Eric Deron, who is believed to have instigated the assault. Prosecutors say he had delusions of being a prophet on a divine mission.

…The church, a US-based Protestant Christian denomination that has millions of followers worldwide, said it had expelled the four accused in 2010. It said it does not condone exorcisms of this kind, nor is it justified in any of its teachings.

France: Former Seventh Day Adventist Members Crucify Teenager in Week-Long Exorcism. International Business Times, 10/8/2013.

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