Blue Is The Warmest Colour director Abdellatif Kechiche investigated for sexual assault
Abdellatif Kechiche, director of lesbian love story Blue Is The Warmest Colour, is being investigated over an allegation of sexual assault.
An unnamed 29-year-old actress filed a complaint with authorities in Paris on October 6, according to French TV outlet BFMTV.
She claimed that she had no memories of the night of June 23-24 between consuming several glasses of alcohol given to her by a friend of the 57-year-old director in their 20th Arrondissement flat and waking up on the couch.
When she regained consciousness, she claimed her trousers were open and Kechiche was fondling her.
A lawyer representing the director, who won a Palme d’Or for the 2013 film, has said he “categorically denies the veracity of these accusations.”
Blue Is The Warmest Colour star Léa Seydoux spoke out about her “awful” experience filming the lesbian drama.
The French actress, who also featured in Bond film Spectre, said she would never again work with Kechiche, whose detail-oriented approach often led her and co-star Adèle Exarchopolous to run through as many as 100 takes per scene.
Speaking in 2015, she said the film was a male fantasy of a lesbian romance, adding: “It’s bound to be if a man makes a film about two women. But it’s a film that has its own truth, its own power.”
She added of Kechiche: “He’s not someone I detest. I sometimes dream about him – but I’m not mad at him.”
Kechiche is the latest in a long line of prominent figures in the industry to be accused of sexual misconduct over the past year.
Dozens of people have also come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against actor Kevin Spacey, leading to multiple police investigations into the former House of Cards star.
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