French disconnection for iconic star

Central Station | Jan 12, 2018
Feminists and one of the women who accused fallen Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of rape turned on French actress Catherine Deneuve after she signed an open letter attacking the #MeToo movement for leading a witch-hunt against men.

Deneuve and some 100 other women put their names to a declaration condemning the avalanche of "denunciations" that has followed claims the Hollywood producer sexually assaulted women over decades.

Italian actress Asia Argento, among the first to accuse Weinstein, led a backlash, tweeting: "Deneuve and other French women tell the world how their interiorised misogyny has lobotomized them to the point of no return." A group of leading French feminists too excoriated Deneuve in a counterblast letter to French radio, branding her and the other signatories as "apologists for rape".

To say that #MeToo was puritanical and driven by a "hatred of men" was "contemptuous" of the victims of abuse and harassment, the feminists insisted.

They claimed most of the women who signed the letter to Le Monde daily were "recidivists in defending child abusers", a reference to film director Roman Polanski, who Deneuve has supported in his long fight against extradition to the United States on rape charges.

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