NANTERRE, France (AFP) – A French reality TV star who gained fame and mockery over her trademark “hello? I mean hello?” expression has been placed under formal investigation on suspicion of the attempted murder of her boyfriend.
After 36 hours of detention and interrogation, a judge ordered Nabilla Benattia to be held in custody early Sunday for “attempted voluntary homicide” of her boyfriend, who was found stabbed in the chest at a hotel in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris early Friday.
Another investigation was also opened over a separate alleged armed assault in August in which her boyfriend, Thomas Vergara, was wounded in the back.
Benattia may face charges of aggravated violence in that case.
A group of young people waited outside the court in the Paris suburb of Nanterre to get a glimpse of the reality TV star.