The director was indicted four years ago, following Adèle Haenel’s revelations to Médiapart. The prosecution considers two aggravating circumstances: the actress was 12 years old at the time of the alleged facts, and the position of authority of Christophe Ruggia.
Published on February 8, 2024 at 6:29 p.m.
Lhe Paris prosecutor’s office has requested a trial against director Christophe Ruggia for aggravated sexual assault on actress Adèle Haenel when she was a young teenager, AFP learned from sources close to the case on Thursday, confirming information from RMC. “We do not wish to comment”reacted Messrs Fanny Colin and Orly Rezlan, the director’s lawyers joined by AFP, about this development concerning the case which caused an earthquake in 2019 in French cinema, which until then remained impervious to the #MeToo movement.
“After being overwhelmed by Judith Godrèche’s story”who filed a complaint on Tuesday and obtained the opening of a preliminary investigation targeting the directors Benoît Jacquot and Jacques Doillon, “I read today the prosecutor’s indictment requesting the dismissal of Christophe Ruggia” in trial, indicated Ms. Haenel in a statement to Mediapart. “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”, added the actress. The actress’s lawyers, Yann Le Bras and Anouck Michelin, have not commented.
Two aggravating circumstances
According to these sources close to the case, two aggravating circumstances are retained by the prosecution: 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 made it appear 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 survey and interview at Mediapartwho revealed the affair, the actress 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.
Initially refusing to take legal action, Adèle Haenel 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 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.