8. “She could wait patiently for me to die, but she does everything she can to drive me to the grave as soon as possible. Since childhood, she is heavy and slow, always one step behind me. She was always a cold, introverted child, friendly people bothered her like my friend, the charming, cultured, and intelligent Mr. Banier. I no longer see her, nor do I wish to see her.” – Lillian Bettencourt spoke.
At the trial, the prosecutor emphasized in his closing argument that Banier: “Spun control over Liliana like a spider’s web. When he caught her on the web, he never let her go. She became his property. He treated her like a vampire.”.
By a final judgment in 2012, François and her two sons became Liliane’s guardians and took control of all the family’s assets.
9. In March 2015, Francoise Marie Banier was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for exploiting a vulnerable person and was ordered to pay Bettencourt €158 million in damages. He appealed the verdict, claiming he had no money. In April 2016, his prison sentence was suspended and his request for compensation was dismissed. He was materially taken care of for the rest of his life because Bettencourt Myers did not insist on returning the huge gifts he received from her senile mother: several paintings by Matisse and Picasso, a long-term contract for “art consulting” that earned him 700,000 euros per year, and many generous checks, appanage and a life insurance policy. Mr. Banier was last heard from when he organized an exhibition of his photographs dedicated to the celebration of gay culture.