Benoît Jacquot and Jacques Doillon are also targeted by accusations from Isild le Besco, Anna Mouglalis...

Benoît Jacquot and Jacques Doillon are also targeted by accusations from Isild le Besco, Anna Mouglalis…

Following Judith Godrèche’s complaint for rape of a minor, directors are the target of other actresses denouncing their behavior as sexual predators.

After having publicly denounced the control he allegedly exercised over her when she was only 14 years old, Judith Godrèche officially filed a complaint against the director Benoît Jacquotthis week, for “rape of a minor under 15”. A very serious accusation which is followed by other testimonies from actresses who worked under his direction in their youth.

The world thus shares the words of Vahina Giocante, Isild le Besco, Julia Roy, Anna Mouglalis or Laurence Cordier throughout a long article denouncing “a system of predation under the guise of cinema”.

Judith Godrèche filed a complaint against Benoît Jacquot and accuses Jacques Doillon of sexual abuse

Judith Godreche was revealed by The Disenchanted, by this director, released in cinemas in 1990, a film on which they became a couple, when she was 14 and he was 40. She then felt under his influence. She also denounces the behavior of Jacques Doillonwho had directed it a year earlier in The 15 year old girl. He too is the target of complaints, also from Isild le Besco, as well as from Anna Mouglalis.

Julia Roy toured three times under the direction of Benoît Jacquot: in Forever, Eva And Last love, between 2016 and 2019. She was around fifteen years old when she met him and he also became a couple with her, despite their 42 years apart. She recounts his insults and his threats to tarnish her reputation if she left him. Questioned by the French newspaper, the director confirms “disputes” And “a kick in the ass”which he says he put “like a child to calm him down.”

Between these two relationships deemed toxic, the director was also in a relationship with Isild le Besco, when she was also very young. Touring six times under her direction between 2000 and 2010, the actress today says she suffered “physical and psychological violence”. He defends himself by saying that she would have “very bad experience” the fact that he did not want to have children with her: he was in a relationship with another actress, Anne Cosigny, the mother of his two sons, when he began his relationship with Isild Le Besco.

At the same time, she details having worked with “four or five weeks” Jacques Doillon during the preparation of a film Directly to the west, released in 2001. “When I refused to sleep with him, he removed me from the project and gave the role to his daughter, she says. It was quite subtle, unsaid. At the time, what I found most unfair and abusive was not having been paid for this work. While he took my words.” Now aged 79, the director refutes these accusations.

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Anna Mouglalis also denounces the inappropriate behavior of Jacques Doillon, in parallel with the filming of the film A child of you, in which Samuel Benchetrit played. “One evening after dinner”he would have tried to abuse her, she explains: “There were only two of us left in the room. It was in the stairwell on the landing which opened onto my daughter’s bedroom and mine in which I was going to join Samuel who had gone to bed earlier. He kissed me by force and I pushed him away. It’s astonishing to try something like that, in these conditions. There is such a feeling of impunity, such reification.”

Vahina Giocante, for her part, says she was warned before filming No scandalreleased in 1999, that Benoît Jacquot “loved young women very much”. Explaining having perceived at home “a fairly subtle game of seduction”she remembers having to take off her panties for a scene “even though it made no script sense”then specifies that he put an end to his advances the day he asked her to be “kind” with him, making him understand that she would get a role in one of his future films if she agreed to sleep with him. She flatly refused, and the main female role of Sade was finally held by… Isild Le Besco.

All the testimonies can be read online in the very comprehensive article in World.

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