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French victim of alleged police rape thanks supporters

  • Eric Dupond-Moretti the lawyer of a young black man who says he was raped with a police baton in a Paris suburb, gestures as he speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office in Paris, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. The 22-year-old man, identified publicly only by his first name, Theo, has left the hospital and is thanking supporters from around France and abroad who have rallied around him. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Eric Dupond-Moretti the lawyer of a young black man who says he was raped with a police baton in a Paris suburb, gestures as he speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office in Paris, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. The 22-year-old man, identified publicly only by his first name, Theo, has left the hospital and is thanking supporters from around France and abroad who have rallied around him. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

  • Eric Dupond-Moretti the lawyer of a young black man who says he was raped with a police baton in a Paris suburb, gestures as he speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office in Paris, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. The 22-year-old man, identified publicly only by his first name, Theo, has left the hospital and is thanking supporters from around France and abroad who have rallied around him.(AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Eric Dupond-Moretti the lawyer of a young black man who says he was raped with a police baton in a Paris suburb, gestures as he speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office in Paris, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. The 22-year-old man, identified publicly only by his first name, Theo, has left the hospital and is thanking supporters from around France and abroad who have rallied around him.(AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

  • Eric Dupond-Moretti the lawyer of a young black man who says he was raped with a police baton in a Paris suburb, gestures as he speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office in Paris, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. The 22-year-old man, identified publicly only by his first name, Theo, has left the hospital and is thanking supporters from around France and abroad who have rallied around him. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Eric Dupond-Moretti the lawyer of a young black man who says he was raped with a police baton in a Paris suburb, gestures as he speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office in Paris, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. The 22-year-old man, identified publicly only by his first name, Theo, has left the hospital and is thanking supporters from around France and abroad who have rallied around him. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

A young black man who says he was raped by police with a baton in a Paris suburb has left the hospital and is thanking supporters from around France and abroad who have rallied around him.

The 22-year-old man, identified publicly only by his first name, Theo, said in a Facebook video the notes and visits from supporters "helped me hang on ... made it possible for me to be here among you today."

He says he is still not healed after the alleged rape Feb. 2, during an identity check in his hometown of Aulnay-sous-Bois.

Four officers have been charged. They deny intentional wrongdoing.

A video online apparently showing Theo's arrest prompted widespread anger. The incident was followed by a week of protest violence in poor suburbs around Paris.