The youtuber Eduardo Miguel Prestofelippo, better known as “El Presto”, was sentenced in an oral trial to 30 days of effective prison for harassing and discriminating against the first lady Fabiola Yáñez through her social networks.
However, he will serve his sentence at home for health reasons and due to the coronavirus pandemic. You will need to wear an electronic anklet.
On the other hand, “El Presto” will have to respect a perimeter order of 200 meters with respect to Yáñez for one year. He was also sentenced to take a course at INADI: “Workshop on gender violence and respect for women”.
What’s more, will pay all the costs of the criminal process.
“El Presto” was denounced for a series of videos published in 2020 on his YouTube channel and on Facebook. In one of those videos he addresses the President: “If I post a photo of your wife naked on Twitter tomorrow, because she has them, because it is your wife’s past, I will end up in prison (…) Last skinny, bank the girl you sleep with, you have to have balls, you didn’t look for a girl from her house, you looked for a girl who is not known on the big television channels precisely because she is the first lady, they know her through other records, stop screwing Alberto, stop fucking (sic)”.
The case began in 2020, and progressed very quickly despite the pandemic. Before the judicial fair, a substitute judge held a zoom hearing with the parties and accepted all the evidence provided by Yañez’s defense, by lawyer Juan Pablo Fioribello and his partner Mariano Lizardo.
The First Lady testified as a witness and victim. Members of the Judicial Investigation Corps also did so.
The youtuber summoned his followers to the door of the Buenos Aires courts to carry out a “murga” for which there was an important security operation with members of the City Police, the Federal Police, and the Military House.
Prosecutor Daniela Dupuy had requested that “El Presto” receive a thirty-day prison sentence, “plus the accessory sanction of refraining from contact and mention by any means of Yañez and the special instruction consisting of attending a Workshop of the “Training Program for the Prevention of Discriminatory Practices” dictated by INADI.
“Prestofelippo began an intimidating, persecutory –and smear- campaign against the first lady, Fabiola Yañez, which was carried out through digital media, through attacks on her intimate life and meddling in aspects of her private life, with total disregard in relation to the real affectation that they can cause on the name and honor of the victim, “said the prosecutor.
He was convicted of the crime of discrimination, provided for in article 68 of the Contravencional Code, where it is established that “who discriminates against another for reasons of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, ideology, opinion, nationality, physical characteristics, psychophysical, social, economic condition, or any circumstance that implies exclusion, restriction or impairment, is sanctioned with two (2) to ten (10) days of public utility work or four hundred ($400) to two thousand ($2,000) pesos fine”.
Also for the figure of harassment. Article 71 ter of the Contravencional Code sanctions “whoever intimidates or harasses another through the use of any digital means, provided that the act does not constitute a crime, is sanctioned with a fine of one hundred sixty (160) to eight hundred (800) fixed units, three (3) to ten (10) days of public utility work, or one (1) to five (5) days of arrest.”
The three facts for which Fabiola Yáñez denounced El Presto
1) Around April 25, 2020, the youtuber filmed a video in which he addresses Alberto Fernández who says: “If tomorrow on Twitter I publish a photo of your best in the balls, because he has them, because he is your wife’s past, I ended up in jail”…”last skinny, bank the girl you go to bed with, you have to have balls, you didn’t look for a girl from her house, you looked for a girl that in the big television channels do not know her precisely because she is the first lady, they know her through other records, stop fucking Alberto, stop fucking (sic)”.
2) The second publication dates from August 3, 2020, but this time he used his YouTube channel “ElPrestoOK”. The video whose name is “VIP PROSTITUTION? | The easy life of the First Lady of Argentina” refers, in a very macho way, to Yáñez’s personal life, her profession as an actress and what precedes the public place she currently occupies.
3) The last post was a day later, on August 4, 2020, on a Facebook profile. There, with the legend “Look at it before they censor it”, it invites us to continue delving into the economic position of the first lady, what her salary was and how she got a supposed apartment in Puerto Madero.