Four religious extremists are accused of kidnapping and torturing a teenage girl in France. The young woman's ex-boyfriend believed that she was possessed by demons the Huffington Post reported on Tuesday.
Three men and a woman belonging to the Seventh Day Adventist Church allegedly performed a crucifixion-style exorcism on a 19-year-old woman. The woman referred to as Antoinette was tied-up and bound to a bed Jesus-style and left for seven days by her ex-boyfriend Eric Deron, his mother Lise-Michelle Babin, and two other men, Philippe Grego, and Lionel Fremor.
Deron believed that he was on a divine mission and was convinced that his ex-girlfriend was possessed by demons. According to Deron, the young woman consented to the exorcism.
Police found the woman in an apartment in the Paris suburb of Grigny. Her attackers barely kept her alive and she was badly beaten. The four assailants were charged with kidnapping, acts of torture, and barbarism.
The Seventh Day Adventist Church is an America-based Protestant church with over 17 million followers throughout the world. A spokesperson stated that the parties involved all had been expelled from the church a year before the attack and that their teachings don’t include the kind of exorcism that took place.