Friday 22 June 2018

Brigitte Bardot calls actresses alleging sexual harassment 'hypocritical'

The French film icon claimed actresses invent claims of harassment for attention

A picture taken on September 27, 2007 shows French film legend and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot posing at the Elysee palace in Paris after a meeting with former French President Nicolas Sarkozy
A picture taken on September 27, 2007 shows French film legend and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot posing at the Elysee palace in Paris after a meeting with former French President Nicolas Sarkozy
18th October 1970, French actress Brigitte Bardot relaxing in the sun with her boyfriend Patrick Gilles, whilst filming 'Le Boulevard du Rhum' (aka 'Rum Runners') on location in Almeria. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)
Picture released on December 19, 1961 of French actress Brigitte Bardot singing "Sunny side of the street" during a rehearsal of the TV programm called "Bonne ann?e Brigitte" at the RTF studios, in Paris
31st October 1963: Brigitte Bardot, French film star and sex symbol visiting London's Regent Street. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
1979: French film star and sex kitten Brigitte Bardot (Camille Javal). (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
French actor Brigitte Bardot looks at her reflection in a mirror, while standing in the waters of Lake Leman, June 13, 1961. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
French actress Brigitte Bardot at a London Hotel. (Photo by Cattani/Getty Images)
French actress Brigitte Bardot smokes a cigarette on the set of the film "Don Juan 73" directed by Roger Vadim in Stockholm on September 30, 1972. AFP PHOTO
Former Actress And Now Animals Rights Activist Brigitte Bardot Invited For A Meeting On The Environment With French President Nicolas Sarkozy, At The Elysee Palace In Paris, France On September 27, 2007

By Sam Blewett, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

Brigitte Bardot has dismissed actresses who have made claims of sexual harassment in the #MeToo movement as “hypocritical”.

The French film icon, who is no stranger to controversy, claimed women tease producers to get a role and then invent harassment allegations to get attention.

Her remarks came after movie star Catherine Deneuve apologised to sex abuse victims after a backlash over her support of a letter signed by 100 fellow Frenchwomen saying accusations since the Harvey Weinstein scandal have gone too far.

Bardot was asked in an interview with French magazine Paris Match what she thought of actresses denouncing sexual harassment.

French actor Brigitte Bardot looks at her reflection in a mirror, while standing in the waters of Lake Leman, June 13, 1961. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
French actor Brigitte Bardot looks at her reflection in a mirror, while standing in the waters of Lake Leman, June 13, 1961. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

“In the vast majority of cases they are being hypocritical, ridiculous, uninteresting,” Bardot, 83, replied.

“There are many actresses who flirt with producers in order to get a role. Then, in order to be talked about, they will say they have been harassed. In reality, rather than benefiting them, it harms them.”

Bardot also said she was never herself a victim during her career, which began in the 1950s, and said she instead enjoyed some of the behaviour which many others would reject.

“Me, I was never the victim of sexual harassment and I found it charming when I was told that I was beautiful or I had a nice little backside. This kind of compliment is nice,” she said.

Bardot has been criticised in the past for supporting the French far-right party National Front and in 2004 was convicted of inciting racial hatred for her comments on French Muslims in her book, A Cry In The Silence.

Deneuve, 74, on Monday apologised to the victims of “odious” crimes of sexual abuse, after she signed the much-criticised letter, published in newspaper Le Monde, that claimed men are being unfairly accused of misconduct.

French actress Brigitte Bardot at a London Hotel. (Photo by Cattani/Getty Images)
French actress Brigitte Bardot at a London Hotel. (Photo by Cattani/Getty Images)

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