He comes out of his silence. Caught in the #MeToo storm after being questioned by several actresses, including Judith Godrèche, director Jacques Doillon reacted this Friday. “That Judith Godrèche and other women through her are keen to denounce a system, an era, a society, is courageous, laudable and necessary. But the justness of the cause does not authorize arbitrary denunciations, false accusations and lies,” explains this proclaimed heir of the New Wave in a press release sent to AFP.
Invited Thursday on France Inter, Judith Godrèche, 51, blamed Jacques Doillon, 79. She notably recounted an intimate scene with him, in the presence of Jane Birkin, who was then the director’s companion, during the filming of “The 15-year-old girl”. Asked if the director had “abused” her, the actress acquiesced.
In his response, the filmmaker states that “this scene is in the original script”. “It is scene 79 where it is written in particular: “Distraught, excited, they make love”. Judith Godrèche obviously read and reread the script since she even claimed to have written it,” he adds.
Concerning the replacement of the actor initially planned for this shoot, mentioned by Judith Godrèche, the director confirms having “ended his commitment at the end of the first week of filming due to insufficiently written texts and rhythm problems which were not resolved. not accorded to that of adolescents”. According to him, it was on the initiative of his producer that he decided to reprise the role, otherwise the filming would be stopped.
Also implicated by the actresses Isild Le Besco and Anna Mouglalis in an article in World, Jacques Doillon denounces “non-contradictory” journalistic investigations. The first claims to have been kicked out of a shoot after having “refused to sleep with him” and the second says she was “kissed by force” before pushing him away. Jacques Doillon claims for his part that Isild Le Besco “made him believe that she was being held on another shoot while she was on vacation” and he describes Anna Mouglalis’ accusation as “grotesque”.
Judith Godrèche also filed a complaint against Benoît Jacquot. The director had a long affair with her, beginning when she was just a teenager.