Director Christophe Ruggia Arrested After Sexual Harassment Allegations
The French filmmaker Christophe Ruggia is fighting a sexual harassment case. The 55-year-old director is not in a comfortable position as he is now in custody of the police. This is in light of the accusations from actress Adele Haenel. According to the police, Ruggia is arrested for investigation into sexual aggression on a minor.
Christophe Ruggia’s Sexual Harassment Scandal
Adele Haenel, 31, accuses Christophe Ruggia of sexual harassment, starting back when she was only 12 and was with him in 2002’s The Devils. Of course, Ruggia, who was 36 then, denies all allegations. According to the actress, Ruggia began harassing her when she was only a teenager when they would travel together to promote the movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the news has shaken the French film industry. Due to this story, the French directors’ association, or SRF, fired Ruggia from his co-presidency of the group. For those who want to know why this is big, SRF has removed one of its members for the first time in its entire 50 years of history.
According to French laws, not everyone can be put under police custody. However, the decision is taken when there are six plausible reasons that the suspect was involved in crime. The custody can last from 24 to 48 hours. The authorities searched Christophe Ruggia’s apartment for evidence while he was in custody.
For Haenel, she credits the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland” for her reason for coming out. The documentary features Michael Jackson’s famous scandal of alleged sexual harassment to two minors. She said that watching the documentary made her realize that she should speak out as well.
The Devils actress claims that sometimes during the movie, the director became infatuated with the very young actress, and even made a pass at her. According to Haenel, the french director began spending time with on and off the set, often inviting her to watch movies with him in his apartment. She even stated one shocking event where Ruggia kissed her neck and tried to grope her.
The investigation is still in progress.