Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard is one of the many French film figures who have applauded fellow actress Adele Haenel for speaking out about the sexual harassment she was subjected to from the age of 12. In an article published Sunday on the investigative website Mediapart, Haenel said that Christophe Ruggia, who directed her in the 2002 drama The Devils (Les diables), repeatedly made advances toward her, including unwanted touching and kisses, and harassed her from the age of 12 to 15.
The Devils was the first film she starred in. In a post on her Instagram account, Cotillard wrote: "Your courage is a gift of unmatched generosity for women and for men, for the young actresses and actors, for all those who have been damaged and now know thanks to you that they don't have to suffer this violence. And for those who have suffered it, that they can speak, they will be listened to and heard.
You break a silence so deafening. Your testimony is increasingly powerful. It resonates profoundly. Dear Adele, you are marking history. The history of this liberating revolution. Our history and our children's." Haenel's testimony has made a significant impact in the industry. Haenel, who is now 30, is one of France's biggest stars. She has two Cesar awards and she most recently headlined Sciamma's Portrait of a Lady on Fire which won the screenwriting prize at Cannes this year.
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