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“I was groped by Gérard Depardieu”: Karin Viard’s revelations about the filming of Potiche


Highlights: Karin Viard spoke about the #MeToo movement on the radio show "La Bande Original" on France Inter. The César-winning actress revealed that she was groped by Gérard Depardieu during the filming of Potiche. The 58-year-old actress said that in the past she herself was able to condone behavior that she now finds “perfectly abnormal” “I can speak about it as a victim because I was the victim of totally abusive and totally inappropriate behavior,” she said.

On the airwaves of France Inter, the Caesarized actress returned to the #MeToo of French cinema and spoke about her first steps in the 7th art and the abuse she suffered during her career, including from the actor accused of sexual assault by several women.

No more silence in French cinema?

After the testimonies of Judith Godrèche against the directors Benoît Jacquot and Jacques Doillon, tongues continue to loosen.

While promoting the film

Madame de Sévigné

, Karin Viard, who plays the famous marquise, spoke about the sexist and sexual violence that is rampant in the 7th art.

“It’s a subject that is quite complex.

It’s a subject that carries a certain ambivalence in itself,” comments the 58-year-old actress in the radio show “La Bande Original” on France Inter, this Monday, February 26.

Karin Viard admits that in the past she herself was able to condone behavior that she now finds “perfectly abnormal”.

Before revealing: “I can speak about it as a victim because I was the victim of totally abusive and totally inappropriate behavior.”

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The César-winning actress particularly mentions the filming of


in which her partner was Gérard Depardieu.

“I was groped by Gérard Depardieu.

I told him “Oh but it’s not okay!”

And he stopped immediately.

But I, in my psychic organization, never thought that society had to defend me.

I always thought that I had to defend myself actually.

And what I wouldn’t like.”

As a reminder, Gérard Depardieu is accused of rape and sexual assault by more than twenty women, and targeted to date by five complaints.

The latest was filed on Friday against the legend of French cinema by a 53-year-old decorator, for facts dating back to 2021, on the filming of the film

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I told him “Oh but it’s not okay!”

And he stopped immediately

Read alsoDepardieu affair: a look back at the accusations of sexual assault which overwhelm the actor

“I participated in this vile thing, by accepting it”

Still at the microphone of “The Original Band” presented by Leïla Kaddour-Boudadi and Nagui, Karin Viard still remembers her beginnings as an actress, a time when “totally abusive behavior” was trivialized.

“On the part of those who produce these inappropriate behaviors, there was also a form of normality.

I don't want to excuse them.

We still have to set this context of the time which makes a number of things tolerable which are not at all.

When I arrived, I found it normal that men were paid more than me.

That women are spoken about in front of me in a completely misogynistic way.

I found it normal.

I said, “They’re a little heavy.”

Let someone grope me, let me be physically molested a little.

Give me a hand in my ass..."

From there, the actress recognizes an unconscious responsibility: “I would not like people to believe that the world of cinema has consciously endorsed these behaviors.

You were moving forward a bit blindly, that's how it was.

And I say it, finding it stupid to say it.

But it's also true, I'm 58 years old, I have to say that I myself participated in this despicable thing, accepting it and finding it not really that shocking.

It’s crazy when you think about it.”

Since then, the context has changed.

The #MeToo movement has been there.

It freed the voices of victims, and above all allowed for “necessary” awareness in society.

“That’s what’s very ambivalent for me.

This feminist movement, which also sometimes, from my point of view, is a little excessive, is perfectly necessary, insists Karin Viard, and it is necessary that the shame changes sides, that the victims no longer feel ashamed, but whether it is the aggressor, the harasser who feels like a victim.

It’s very, very, very important.”

Source: lefigaro

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