Bennacer case: Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi denounces a "media lynching"

Responding to an investigation by Release on the actor Sofiane Bennacer, indicted for acts of rape and violence Valeria Bruni Tedeschi denounces this Friday in a press release a “media lynching”.

Actress and director Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi on Friday denounced a “media lynching” after the publication of a newspaper investigation Release on the actor Sofiane Bennacer, on the poster of his film The Almond Trees and indicted for acts of rape and violence.

“To this day everyone knows that he has not been judged, and such a process is, in my opinion, a pure media lynching, a process very far from a desire to inform objectively and impartially” , wrote the director of the film in a press release.

The actress and director – who would be the “companion” of the actor according to Liberation and Le Parisien – also confirms having had “knowledge” of the “rumors” of which the young actor was the subject during filming.


“My producers expressed fears and reluctance, but I told them that these rumors did not stop me and that I could not consider making the film without him”, she added, indicating that she was ” artistically impressed by Sofiane Bennacer from the first second of the casting” of her film.

The directors “trusted me, in the respect they cultivate for the artistic choices of their directors. I thank them, and take full responsibility for my choice. Later, we learned that a complaint had been filed”, she explains again.

And to say “indignant that a newspaper like Liberation can trample the presumption of innocence to such an extent”.

Friday morning, Patrick Sobelman, one of the film’s two producers The Almond Trees assured that the production knew nothing of these facts before hiring him.

Revelation of the latest film by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Sofiane Bennacer, 25, who claims her innocence, is the subject of several indictments. Two for acts of rape on two ex-companions as well as a third “indictment for violence against a spouse”.

As part of a fourth complaint filed by another ex-girlfriend who denounced acts of rape, Sofiane Bennacer was placed under the more favorable status of assisted witness.

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