Actor Sofiane Bennacer indicted for rape and violence against former companions

Actor Sofiane Bennacer, 25, was indicted in October in Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin) for the alleged rapes of two former companions and violence against a third, we learned on Tuesday from the prosecutor of the Republic, Edwige Roux-Morizot.

Reveal of the latest film by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, The Almond Treesreleased in November, the actor “disputes everything”, indicated the magistrate to AFP, confirming information from the newspaper The Parisian.

In a relationship with director Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi

“There were two indictments for acts of rape” on two ex-companions as well as a third “indictment for violence against a spouse”, specified the prosecutor of Mulhouse, where the case is being investigated. As part of a fourth complaint filed by another ex-girlfriend who denounced acts of rape, he was placed under the more favorable status of assisted witness, said the prosecutor. His prosecution had initially requested his placement in pre-trial detention, but the actor was finally placed under judicial supervision.

His judicial control prohibits him from going to Paris and the Paris region, to Strasbourg as well as to Mulhouse. According to the magistrate, he is also prohibited from meeting the complainants and witnesses, including Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, heard as a witness in the case. According The Parisianshe would be the partner of the actor.

Report of the National Theater of Strasbourg

The alleged facts would have occurred “between 2018 and 2019” in Mulhouse, Strasbourg and Paris, and the alleged victims evolve “in the world of theater”, according to Edwige Roux-Morizot. According The Parisian, one of the complainants claims that the actor would have abused her behind the scenes of the theater school of La Filature, in Mulhouse. The alleged victims “describe an affair under the influence, during which non-consensual relations would have taken place”, affirms the daily.

The National Theater of Strasbourg (TNS), where Sofiane Bennacer had been admitted to school in 2019, had seized the Ministry of Culture of the facts “of sexist, sexual violence and harassment of which she had been informed”, according to the newspaper .

The ministry then made a report to the courts, said Edwige Roux-Morizot, without specifying the date. Asked Tuesday evening by AFP, the TNS could not be reached immediately.

Sofiane Bennacer is one of sixteen actors (and sixteen actresses) selected in mid-November as “emerging talents” by the Revelations Committee of the Académie des César. This list is sent “for information” to members of the Academy as part of their vote for the 2023 Césars for Best Female Hope and Best Male Hope.

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