French film directors probed over alleged sexual abuse and rape

The MeToo movement continues to shake French cinema with fresh accusations of sexual abuse levelled against directors Benoît Jacquot and Jacques Doillon, while prosecutors demand director Christophe Ruggia go on trial.

French actress Judith Godreche, 51, on Thursday accused Doillon of sexually abusing her when she was 15.

It follows a formal complaint she filed on Tuesday against Jacquot, another director, alleging he raped her when she was 14 and starting out in her career.

The Paris prosecutor's office is investigating the claims, the French news agency AFP reported.

French cinema has been reeling from accusations it has shrugged off sexism and sexual abuse for decades.

Neither Doillon, 79, nor Jacquot, 77, replied to a request from AFP for comment.

Jacquot, one of France's most prominent directors, firmly rejected the allegations against him in the daily Le Monde.

Godreche accuses Jacquot of raping her during a six-year-long relationship that started when she was 14. He is 25 years her senior.

She said she remained "in his grip" for those six years, and decided to speak out after he boasted about their relationship being a "transgression", and cinema providing a "cover" for it, in a 2011 documentary.

(with newswires)

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