PARIS (AFP) – French prosecutors have opened a sexual assault investigation into Franco-Tunisian movie director Abdellatif Kechiche, whose 2013 movie Blue Is The Warmest Colour gained the highest prize on the Cannes movie competition, a authorized supply stated on Wednesday (Oct 31).
The BFM news channel stated a 29-year-old lady had complained about being assaulted by the director in an residence in Paris final June after attending a cocktail party with him.
The lady claims she fell asleep after consuming a number of alcoholic drinks and woke as much as discover herself partially undressed and being molested by Kechiche.
The director “categorically denies these allegations from a person whose only way of making a name for herself is by playing the victim,” his lawyer Jeremie Assous informed AFP.
Blue Is The Warmest Colour, a three-hour movie a couple of blue-haired artwork pupil and her intense erotic relationship with a youthful woman, wowed the Cannes competition in 2013 however was tarnished by a row afterwards between Kechiche and the younger stars.
Actress Lea Seydoux complained that she felt like “a prostitute” when filming the film’s prolonged, specific intercourse scenes and described the expertise of capturing with Kechiche as “horrible”.
The director, a former actor with a bunch of film awards to his identify in France, stated he felt “great regret” on the controversy and ended up saying he would have most popular the movie to not have been launched as a result of it had been “soiled” by the criticism.
A bunch of well-known names within the movie and leisure trade have been accused of sexual assault within the wake of allegations made towards US film mogul Harvey Weinstein final 12 months, which spawned the “Me Too” motion.