Justice investigates Samuel Theis, actor of Anatomy of a Fall, for rape | EUROtoday

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A 27-year-old technician claims Theis pressured him right into a sexual relationship after a celebration

Samuel Theis
French actor Samuel Theis.JULIE SEBADELHAAFP

French Justice opened an investigation for rape towards the French actor and movie director Samuel Theis45 years outdated, who participates within the profitable movie Anatomy of a everyawarded with the Cannes Palme de Oro final 12 months

The prosecutor’s workplace in Metz, japanese France, confirmed {that a} preliminary investigation is underway following a legal grievance filed on the finish of July, which was adopted by a civil lawsuit in November.

The alleged rape came about final summer time throughout filming from a movie titled I swear (“I swear”) starring Louise Bourgoin and Marina Fois and directed by Theis, in response to the cultural journal Telerama.

A 27-year-old technician He mentioned that Theis pressured him to have a sexual relationship after a celebration with the movie crew, in an house rented by the manufacturing.

The younger man said that he didn’t give his consent for that sexual act, and that he left the filming a number of days later.

Theis, 45, instructed AFP that he stored “consensual oral sex” with the plaintiff the morning after the celebration.

The manufacturing firm opened an inside investigation when the technician despatched Theis a textual content message wherein he claimed to really feel like a sufferer of a “sexual assault”.

In a press release, Theis mentioned the investigation, which lasted months, discovered “no conclusive evidence” or “any information that could point to misconduct.”

Theis was nonetheless stored out of the crew for the remainder of the filming of “I Swear”.

The director accomplished the filming remotely, giving directions via intermediaries.

A supply near the case instructed AFP that the movie’s producers needed to complete filming on the identical time, with out ignoring the technician’s allegations.

Theis has not but been questioned by investigators and mentioned he realized in regards to the legal grievance from the press, in response to his assertion.

“Anatomy of a Fall”, directed by Justine Triet, has simply received two Golden Globes. The movie tells the trial of a girl accused of getting killed her husband, performed by Theis.