French actors bravely expose abuse by directors, shedding light on the dark side of the film industry. 

French actors are shedding light on the dark side of the film industry, alleging sexual and physical abuse by directors when they were teenagers, despite the current celebration of French cinema at the Oscars.


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Actress Judith Godrèche is expected to address sexual violence at the Cesar Awards, France's version of the Oscars, following her recent accusations against two film directors.


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Judith Godrèche

Godrèche accused Benoît Jacquot of rape and physical abuse during their six-year relationship, which began when she was just 14. She also accused Jacques Doillon of sexual abuse when she was 15.


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Benoît Jacquot

Speaking on France Inter radio, Godrèche described her relationship with Jacquot as abusive, stating she felt indoctrinated and controlled.


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Jacques Doillon

Other actresses have come forward following Godrèche's accusations. Isild Le Besco accused Jacquot of psychological and physical violence, while Anna Mouglalis accused Doillon of sexual assault.


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Isild Le Besco

The French film industry has faced similar allegations before, with protests during the Cesar Awards in 2020 as Roman Polanski won the best director award despite allegations against him.


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Roman Polanski

The industry continues to grapple with issues of abuse and misconduct, highlighting the need for change and accountability.



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The courage of these actresses in speaking out against abuse in the industry is a crucial step towards ensuring a safer and more respectful environment for all.


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Anna Mouglalis