#Metoo cinema: French film director Benoît Jacquot charged with rape

By AFP   July 3, 2024 | 07:29 pm PT
#Metoo cinema: French film director Benoît Jacquot charged with rape
(From L) French-Austrian actress Julia Roy, French movie director Benoit Jacquot and Isild Le Besco. Photo AFP
French film director Benoit Jacquot has been charged with raping actors Isild Le Besco and Julia Roy in a significant #MeToo case that has rocked French cinema.

An examining magistrate on Wednesday charged prominent arthouse film director Benoit Jacquot with alleged rape, the Paris prosecutor's office said, in a high-profile case in France's #MeToo movement.

Jacquot, 77, has been charged with raping actors Julia Roy, now 34, in 2013 and Isild Le Besco, now 41, between 1998 and 2000, it said.

He was to be freed after two days of questioning in custody but remain under judicial supervision, it added.

Investigators have launched an investigation after Judith Godreche, 52, filed a complaint earlier this year against Jacquot, alleging that he raped her during a relationship that began in the 1980s when she was 14 years old and he was 25 years her senior.

Le Besco, 41, had filed a complaint over alleged rape during her own relationship with Jacquot that also started when she was underage.

And Roy, 34, had accused the director 42 years her senior of sexual assault in "a context of violence and moral constraint which lasted several years", according to a source close to the case. She acted in four of his films that came out between 2016 and 2021.

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