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French rocker released from jail
Bertrand Cantat leaving prison
Cantat admitted killing Trintignant but said it was an accident
French rock star Bertrand Cantat has been released from jail, having served half an eight-year sentence for beating his actress girlfriend to death.

Cantat, the 43-year-old lead singer of French band Noir Desir, left the Muret prison near Toulouse in a car driven by Denis Barthe, his group's drummer.

Toulouse prosecutor Paul Michel denied he had received any special treatment.

Cantat was jailed for the manslaughter of Marie Trintignant after a violent row in a Lithuanian hotel in July 2003.

Trintignant, the daughter of French movie star Jean-Louis, died from swelling to the brain five days after the incident in Vilnius.

Probation terms

The victim's mother, Nadine Trintignant, had opposed Cantat's early release, saying it was a setback for those fighting to end violence against women.

The singer's probation terms state he must report regularly to see a judge and undergo psychological treatment for a year.

He is also banned from speaking publicly about the case and must not publish any songs or audiovisual works touching on his crime.

The measures will be in force until July 2010.

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Footage of Bertrand Cantat and his late girlfriend



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