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”…