Backpedaling. The actress Clémentine Célarié said on Tuesday January 9 that she wanted to “dissociate” herself from the platform of support for Gérard Depardieu, judging that she had “made a mistake” in signing it and presenting her “apologies to those she could have hurt.”
“I absolutely want to dissociate myself from this platform,” she wrote in a text sent to Agence France-Presse. “I am impulsive, I got carried away and I regret it painfully. I was wrong. I apologize to those I may have hurt, because I am with them with all my heart,” she adds.
The actress is one of the sixty signatories of a column from the pro-Depardieu camp calling for “not to erase” the icon of French cinema, published on Christmas Day in Le Figaro .
The 75-year-old actor is the target of three complaints for sexual assault or rape – accusations which he refutes – and is widely criticized for his multiple misogynistic and insulting comments towards women as well as a little girl heard at the beginning of December in images broadcast by the program “Complément d’investigation”.
He has been indicted for rape since 2020, following a complaint from actress Charlotte Arnould. Gérard Depardieu is also accused by thirteen women of sexual violence in a Mediapart investigation .
This forum has since given rise to several “counter-opinions”. Several personalities from the world of culture who initially signed it also subsequently distanced themselves, such as Nadine Trintignant, Carole Bouquet, Gérard Darmon, Yvan Attal, Charles Berling, Jacques Weber and Pierre Richard.
“I always wanted peace and love. (…) My thirst for freedom and justice has always dictated to me that a person must be judged before being condemned,” says Clémentine Célarié, who will be on stage from January 18 in I am the mother of executioner , in Paris.