By  on June 21, 2010

PARIS — Liliane Bettencourt, the 87-year-old daughter of L’Oréal’s founder, lodged a complaint for “infringement of privacy,” “theft” and “false” testimony” on Friday in the public prosecutor’s office of Nanterre, France.

A preliminary inquiry for “infringement of privacy” was opened early last week after police received from Bettencourt’s daughter, Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, what are reportedly 21 hours of secretly recorded discussions — spanning one year — between Bettencourt and her advisers.

Bettencourt’s butler, who allegedly made the clandestine recordings, and the technician said to have transferred them to CD-ROMs were each held in police custody for 48 hours.

As reported, Bettencourt Meyers brought a lawsuit against the photographer François-Marie Banier in December 2007, alleging Banier’s “exploitation of weakness” of Bettencourt, who gave him assets valued at approximately 1 billion euros, or $1.24 billion at current exchange. Bettencourt, meanwhile, argues she is sound and acting on her own free will. A court in Nanterre will hold a hearing in the case pitting Bettencourt Meyers against Banier on July 1, 2, 5 and 6.

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