Wednesday 26 September 2018

Film star Deneuve apologises to sexual abuse victims

Film star Catherine Deneuve wrote a letter published on Monday by Liberation apologising to victims of abuse
Film star Catherine Deneuve wrote a letter published on Monday by Liberation apologising to victims of abuse

French Film star Catherine Deneuve has apologised to victims of "odious" acts of sexual abuse after she signed a much-criticised letter saying men are being unfairly accused of sexual misconduct.

The letter, signed by 100 French women, says the wave of accusations against powerful men since the Harvey Weinstein scandal has gone too far. The letter prompted a backlash in France and beyond.

In response, Deneuve wrote a letter published on Monday by the daily newspaper Liberation apologising to abuse victims.

However, she also defended her view that men are becoming victims of a "media lynching" and that the current atmosphere threatens sexual freedom.

She denounced abuse of power and called for better justice against proven abusers.

Deneuve also defended her feminist credentials, saying that she publicly backed legalising abortion in France.

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