French actress Adele Haenel revealed she was a victim of sexual assault at the age of 12
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French actress Adele Haenel revealed that she was accused when she was 12 years old. She said that the abuser was the director name Christophe Ruggia. The 30-year old actress revealed in an interview with French investigative website Mediapart that she was a victim of permanent sexual assault. She hasn’t registered any complaint but when her interview was live-streamed on Facebook on Monday the Paris prosecutor’s office said that they will start an investigation on this matter.

Prosecutor’s office started an inquiry against Ruggia for sexually assaulting a minor. The 54-year old director Ruggia denied the charges against him and through his lawyer he said that his career was affected because of one article against his character.

Haenel said that she was 12 years old when she was chosen for Ruggia’s movie titled ‘The Devils’. Haenel said that he assaulted her during the film promotions.

Haenel was honored with two Cesar awards since then. She said that she is able to speak against this harassment because she felt encouraged after watching a 2019 documentary titled Leaving Neverland about the alleged child victims of US pop star Michael Jackson.

She revealed: “When I saw Leaving Neverland, I understood the kind of mechanisms that are used to control people. I felt it was my responsibility to speak out. He put a system in place to isolate me, when I was a very young girl, to have him at his place every weekend.”

Haenel said that French society must do something to address these issues. She said: “Monsters don’t exist! It’s our society we’re talking about. It’s us. Our fathers, our friends, our brothers. As long as we don’t see this, we’ll never move forward.”

After Haenel charges against Ruggia, he was expelled by the society of French film directors.

French actresses Marion Cotillard and Julie Gayet also support Haenel. They both shared their views on Instagram and said: “Your courage is a gift of incomparable generosity for women and men, for young actresses and actors, for all the damaged beings that know, thanks to you, that they don’t have to be subjected to such violence,” Cotillard posted.

“Haenel is speaking for all those other victims who are still in the shadows,” Gayet wrote.