It was in 1992 that she contacted Mr. Matzneff, demanding that he stop using her letters and return them. Eventually, he sent her a stack of photocopies – a carefully selected batch that excluded her negative correspondence.
A decade later, in 2002, it was Matzneff who wrote to her, asking, for the first time, for her permission to use old photographs in a book. In the turquoise ink he always used to write his letters, Matzneff offered to identify the teenager as "the young girl who inspired the character of Angiolina in & # 39; Ivre du vin perdu & # 39;"
Not only did Gee refuse, he also demanded again that his books be eliminated from his letters and that his face be removed from the cover of "Ivre du vin perdu". She also demanded that three old photographs of her be taken from a Internet network location dedicated to Mr. Matzneff and created by an admirer, Frank Laganier. The photos were taken just seven years later, in 2010, after Gee's continued pressure, she said.
Laganier, who now lives in Paris, declined requests for an interview. His lawyer, Emmanuel Pierrat – who represents Matzneff in a pedophilia case and is a longtime supporter of the writer – declined to be interviewed.
In 2004, Gee started preparing to sue Gallimard, publisher of "Ivre du vin perdu" and "La passion Francesca", Matzneff's diary of their relationship, but stopped because of the high legal costs. Gallimard did not respond to requests for an interview; Antoine Gallimard, the editor's head, did not respond to an interview request sent to his email address.
Unable to stop Matzneff, Gee was also unable to tell his own story.
After her manuscript was rejected by Albin Michel, she unsuccessfully took it to several other publishers.
Geneviève Jurgensen, who was an editor at Bayard and met with Gee in 2004, said the focus of the manuscript is not aligned with Bayard, which specializes in publishing books for young people, as well as works on philosophy and religion.