Filmmaker Maïwenn was sentenced on Tuesday January 16 to a fine of 400 euros by the Paris police court for having pulled the hair of Mediapart co-founder Edwy Plenel in a Parisian restaurant in February.
The actress and director must, in addition, pay a symbolic euro to the journalist and 1,500 euros to the company Mediapart for damages, as well as 500 euros for legal costs to Mr. Plenel and Mediapart . Present at the hearing, Maïwenn Le Besco admitted to having pulled the journalist’s hair during a dinner in a Parisian restaurant. “I make no apologies and I have no regrets,” she said.
She explained that her “behavior” towards Mr. Plenel “was not up to the upheaval in her life” caused by an article in Mediapart devoted to her ex-husband and father of her daughter, the filmmaker Luc Besson. “I reacted with violence because this newspaper betrayed my consent,” she justified. “It’s a tsunami in a woman’s life to see her private life in the media,” she added.
“I’m the victim”
Ms. Le Besco deplored the publication by Mediapart of her hearing in June 2020 before the judicial police in the Luc Besson affair, for which the father of her daughter is accused, wrongly according to him, of rape by the actress Sand Van Roy.
This publication was “a moral rape” , estimated Maïwenn. “We took parts of my statement to the police only against the father of my child. (…) Mediapart knew very well that I did not want to express myself on this subject,” she denounced. “I’m the victim,” she said.
Mr. Plenel told the witness that he had experienced this attack with “stunnedness” . “A person I didn’t know from Eve or Adam pulled my hair and spat in my face,” he said. It was “the first time in my professional career that I was physically attacked in a public place,” he insisted. “It’s an attack on the job I do,” he said.
Considering that the “acts of violence” accused of the filmmaker were “characterized” , the public prosecutor had called for a “severe sentence” and requested a fine of 700 euros.