Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi defends her actor and the presumption of innocence.
The actress and director denounced on Friday a "media lynching" after the publication of an investigation by the newspaper
on Sofiane Bennacer, starring in her film
and indicted for acts of rape and violence.
“To this day everyone knows that he has not been tried, and such a process is, in my opinion, a pure media lynching, a process very far from a desire to inform objectively and impartially” , wrote the director of the film in a press release.
The actress and director – who would be the “companion” of the actor according to
– also confirms having had “knowledge” of the “rumors” of which the young actor was the subject during filming.
“My producers expressed fears and reservations, but I told them that these rumors did not stop me and that I could not consider making the film without him,” she added, indicating that she was “ artistically impressed by Sofiane Bennacer from the first second of the casting” of her film.
The directors “trusted me, in the respect they cultivate for the artistic choices of their directors.
I thank them, and take full responsibility for my choice.
Later, we learned that a complaint had been filed,” she explains.
And to say "indignant that a newspaper like
can trample the presumption of innocence to such an extent".
Friday morning, Patrick Sobelman, one of the two producers of the film
had assured that the production knew nothing of these facts before hiring him.
Revelation of the latest film by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Sofiane Bennacer, 25, who claims her innocence, is the subject of several indictments.
Two for acts of rape on two ex-companions as well as a third “indictment for violence against a spouse”.
As part of a fourth complaint filed by another ex-girlfriend who denounced acts of rape, Sofiane Bennacer was placed under the more favorable status of assisted witness.
Sofiane Bennacer, accused of rape, proclaims his innocence and is excluded from the Caesars
Actor Sofiane Bennacer indicted for rape and violence against former companions
Violence against women