Director Christophe Ruggia Indicted on Sexual Aggression Charges in France (Exclusive)

Published on Jan 16, 2020

Director Christophe Ruggia Indicted on Sexual Aggression Charges in France (Exclusive)

French director Christophe Ruggia, who was accused in November by the actress Adele Haenel of having sexually harassed her from the age of 12, has been indicted by French authorities after being held in custody for 48 hours, Variety has confirmed.

Ruggia is being indicted on charges of “sexual aggression against a minor by a person of authority and sexual harassment,” the Paris prosecutor’s office told Variety.

The charges follow accusations by Haenel, who alleged that Ruggia, who directed her in her first film, the 2002 drama “The Devils,” repeatedly made sexual advances when she was between the ages of 12 and 15. Before she filed a police complaint, Haenel spoke to the French website Mediapart which published an investigative report on Nov. 4.

Following the bombshell publication, the Paris prosecutor launched an investigation into Ruggia who was then placed under police custody on Jan. 14. He was questioned by authorities while his apartment was probed.

Read full article at: Variety - Film News

Author: Elsa Keslassy