Cotillard lauds Haenel for speaking on sexual harassment
Los Angeles: Oscar-winning actor Marion Cotillard is one of the many French film figures who have applauded fellow actor Adele Haenel for speaking out about the sexual harassment she was subjected to from the age of 12.
In an article published recently, on the investigative website Mediapart, Haenel said that Christophe Ruggia, who directed her in the 2002 drama The Devils (Les diables), repeatedly made advances towards her, including unwanted touching and kisses, and harassed her from the age of 12 to 15. The Devils was the first film she starred in, reports variety.com.
In a post on her Instagram account, Cotillard wrote: "Your courage is a gift of unmatched generosity for women and for men, for the young actores and actors, for all those who have been damaged and now know thanks to you that they don't have to suffer this violence. And for those who have suffered it, that they can speak, they will be listened to and heard. You break a silence so deafening."
"Your testimony is increasingly powerful. It resonates profoundly. Dear Adele, you are marking history. The history of this liberating revolution. Our history and our children's," Cotillard added.
Haenel's testimony has made a significant impact in the industry.
Ruggia was expelled from the French directors guild (SRF) almost immediately after the story was published. The SRF's board members include well-known directors like Jacques Audiard, Celine Sciamma and Rebecca Zlotowski.
Several other film organizations have also issued statements in support of Haenel, including the French film promotion body