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French Actor Judith Godrèche Urges Government To Investigate Sex Crimes In The Industry

Judith Godrèche highlighted the pervasive abuse, describing how predators masquerading as directors exploit young girls, coercing them into vulnerable situations.

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French Actor Judith Godrèche Urges Parliament To Investigate Sex Crimes In The Industry
Judith Godreche speaks during the 49th Cesar Award ceremony in Paris. (Image: AP)

A French actor is urging lawmakers to delve into sex crimes and sexism within the film industry. Judith Godrèche, leading the charge for accountability in France’s cinema scene, passionately appealed to legislators to establish a commission dedicated to investigating these issues. In a poignant testimony before a French Senate commission, she recounted her own distressing encounters as a young actress entering the industry, a report by The Associated Press revealed.

Godrèche highlighted the pervasive abuse, describing how predators masquerading as directors exploit young girls, coercing them into vulnerable situations. She emphasized her lack of agency in these situations, expressing her belief that she didn’t have the right to refuse. Drawing attention to the upcoming Oscars and the heightened scrutiny on French filmmaking, she called for an independent inquiry into industry misconduct and advocated for measures like appointing independent guardians for underage actors.

Her impassioned plea echoes her recent speech at France’s equivalent of the Oscars, where she implored the audience to confront the harsh realities of abuse within the industry. Despite her efforts, she expressed frustration at the entrenched systemic issues and societal attitudes, likening them to a vestige of medieval times. 

Godrèche, 51, has come forward with allegations of rape and sexual abuse against two French directors dating back to her teenage years, as well as against Harvey Weinstein when she was 24. While she found support in the U.S. when speaking out against Weinstein, she lamented the lack of support in France, where directors wield immense power and are often shielded from accountability.

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