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Adèle Haenel has several times denounced “the general complacency of the profession towards sexual attackers”, including during a resounding outing against Roman Polanski during the 2020 César ceremony.
JUSTICE – A new response from justice. The case that catalyzed #MeToo in French cinema is heading towards a trial: the Paris prosecutor’s office has requested the criminal referral of director Christophe Ruggia for sexual assault on a minor on the artist Adèle Haenel in the early 2000s.
Two sources close to the matter confirmed this information to AFP on Thursday. RMC. The final decision on a trial now rests with the investigating judge. “We do not wish to comment”reacted Messrs Fanny Colin and Orly Rezlan, lawyers for the director contacted by AFP.
“The facts are sufficiently characterized”
“To read in this indictment that the facts are sufficiently characterized, corroborated by testimonies and that my statements are constant, precise and crude touches me a lot. It is a step in the legal process but, clearly, it is important”declared Adèle Haenel to Mediapart.
According to these sources close to the case, two aggravating circumstances were retained by the prosecution in its requisitions signed on Tuesday: the minority of Adèle Haenel at the time of the alleged facts, from the age of 12, and the position of authority of Christophe Ruggia , who is the first director to have cast him in the film “ Devils “ (2002).
Then aged 36 to 39, he received it every Saturday afternoon for almost three years, from September 2001 to February 2004. In a long investigation and interview with Mediapart, which revealed the affair, the actress had denounced the“control” of the director, little known to the general public, during the preparation and shooting of the film. Then a “ permanent sexual harassment »of the “ touching » repeated and “ forced kisses on the neck »which would have taken place at his home and at several international festivals.
Christophe Ruggia recognizes a ” error “
After the explosion of accusations, Christophe Ruggia described himself “ undoubtedly the first admirer of Adèle Haenel » and had refuted “ the physical gestures and sexually harassing behavior of which she (accuses) him. He admitted having “ made the mistake of playing the pygmalion with the misunderstandings and the obstacles that such a posture gives rise to. The director’s influence towards the actress he had directed and with whom he dreamed of filming again »he wrote.
Initially refusing to take legal action, Adèle Haenel, awarded two Césars in 2014 and 2015, finally filed a complaint a few days after the opening of a preliminary investigation by the Paris prosecutor’s office on November 6, 2019. Christophe Ruggia had was indicted on January 16, 2020 for “ sexual assault on a minor under 15 years old by a person having authority over the victim”and placed under judicial supervision.
At the end of June, the two protagonists were confronted before the Parisian investigating judge.
Adèle Haenel “upset” by Judith Godrèche’s story
The shock interview with Adèle Haenel caused an earthquake at the end of 2019 in French cinema, which until then remained impervious to the #MeToo movement, despite the first resounding accusations like those in 2018 targeting the filmmaker and producer Luc Besson, since dismissed by French justice.
Since then, new complaints continue to punctuate the news. On Tuesday, it was actress Judith Godrèche who denounced sexual abuse by directors Benoît Jacquot and Jacques Doillon between the years 1986 and 1992, triggering the opening of an investigation in Paris. Both filmmakers dispute the accusations. In her statement to Mediapart, Adèle Haenel said in particular: “ upset » by this story.
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