A few days after the revelations of Adele Haenel, first consequences for the offending director: the Society of Film Directors (SRF) announced Monday to have decided to remove from its members the director Christophe Ruggia, after accusations of "touching" and "sexual harassment" of the actress Adèle Haenel when she was 12 to 15 years old. "Following the investigation published in Mediapart, the SRF expresses its total support, admiration and appreciation to the actress Adèle Haenel, who had the courage to speak after so many years of silence. We want to tell him that we believe it and we immediately acknowledge it, without shirking our own responsibility, "SRF said in a statement.
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"Today we launched Christophe Ruggia's removal from the SRF", adds this professional association of filmmakers, which has some 300 members. Co-chaired by directors Bertrand Bonello, Catherine Corsini and Aude Léa Rapin, the SRF also has Jacques Audiard, Pierre Salvadori and Céline Sciamma on its board of directors. Christophe Ruggia, 54, director of the films The Gone of Chaâba or Devils, was several times the co-chair or vice-chair between 2003 and 2019.
In a long survey published Sunday by Mediapart, the 30-year-old French actress, rewarded by two césars, including that of the best actress in 2015 for The fighters, accuses Christophe Ruggia, with whom she shot her first film Devils, "touching" and "sexual harassment" when she was 12 to 15 years old.
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The director replied through his lawyers that he "categorically refuted having harassed or any kind of touching on this then minor girl". "That there is an involuntary grip of the adult, director is likely," but "he categorically denies touching and sexual harassment," reaffirmed Agence France-Presse on Monday his lawyer Jean -Pierre Versini.
"I'm shocked that he's insane," said Adele Haenel Monday night in a live broadcast broadcast by the site Mediapart. "I am even more shocked by the fact that he says he discovered me (as an actress Editor), because in fact he mostly destroyed me," she added. "It's been 17 years, it's an ultralong journey," she said. "The world has changed. And that's why I also speak because I have to be able to talk to everyone who has spoken in the #MeToo business and made me change my perspective on what I had lived. And suddenly I would like to contribute to that. "