Adele Haenel c Georges Biard

French director Christophe Ruggia was taken into police custody on Tuesday morning for questioning in relation to an investigation into allegations by actress Adèle Haenel that he molested her as a young teenager.

French media reported investigators from France’s central office for the repression of violence (OCRVP) had detained Ruggia. Under French law, a person can detained for a maximum of 48 hours for questioning without charges.

Haenel, who recently co-starred in Celine Sciamma’s period drama Portrait Of A Lady On Fire, met Ruggia as a teenager when he cast her in the lead role of his 2002 drama The Devils.

She made the bombshell allegations that he had sexually assaulted when she was a minor in an in-depth interview with investigative news site Mediapart, published on November 3, 2019.  

Given the right to reply by Mediapart, Ruggia denied the allegations saying a “personal and professional relationship”…