The investigation for sexual assault targeting director Abdellatif Kechiche was closed without further action, we learned from the Paris prosecutor’s office. This investigation, opened in October 2018 after the complaint of a young woman, was closed for “Insufficiently characterized offense”, according to this source.
“For once reason prevailed over pathos”, reacted to AFP Jérémie Assous, filmmaker’s lawyer, palme d’or in 2013 for The Life of Adele. At the time, aged 29, the complainant claimed, according to BFMTV, to have had dinner in June 2018 with the director in an apartment in Paris in the XXth arrondissement. Asleep after drinking several glasses of alcohol, she claimed “Waking up on the couch”, than “His pants were open” and “Mr. Kechiche was touching her “, according to the news channel.
Abdellatif Kechiche was first an actor before becoming a director and director. In cinema, he distinguished himself with subtle and humanist works such as The Dodge or The grain and the mule, both awarded the César for best film, and Adèle’s life , at the center of a controversy a few months after his coronation in Cannes.
Known for his high standards on set, the director had been the target of one of the two main actresses in the film, Léa Seydoux, who had denounced filming conditions “Horrible”, endless days, hundreds of takes for the same scene. Saying “Humiliated” by this public quarrel, Abdellatif Kechiche had ended up saying that he would have preferred that the film did not come out because it had been “Too dirty”. In 2019, his film Mektoub My Love: Intermezzo , which included very raw sex scenes, had also sparked controversy during the Cannes film festival.