French actress Judith Chemla took to her Instagram account late Sunday evening to post photos of injuries she said she suffered a year ago following domestic abuse suffered at the hands of her daughter’s father. she did not name.
Last May, according to FranceInfo, director Yohan Manca, with whom Chemla was previously in a relationship, was given an eight-month suspended prison sentence for domestic violence against the actress.
But in the lengthy Insta post, two-time Cesar nominee Chemla wrote, “I have so much evidence that he keeps trying to hurt me… What does it take for him to leave me alone?” She later added, “I can’t take it anymore. I demand peace. Is it clearer like this ?
The message began as follows: “A year ago, my face was injured, blue, purple under the eye, I saw myself deformed. A year ago I looked in the mirror and knew I couldn’t hide my face anymore.
In the message, Chemla also refers to filing more than one complaint against the attacker and asks, “Should I go back to the police a third time? Filing a third complaint in a year? Being in the cinema and having the Sword of Damocles suspended for eight months, isn’t that enough?… Should I keep that to myself? He would continue to feel above the law…He would continue to believe that he was capable of pressuring me and morally harassing me.
Chemla, whose credits include 2012 Camille rewinds2016 A life and recently released comedy Not my typealso starred in My brothers and me which took place in the Un Certain Regard 2021 section of Cannes. However, neither she nor the director, Manca, appeared for the official screening.
Citing sources at the time, Variety reported that Chemla filed a complaint against Manca with police in Paris’ 10th arrondissement after he allegedly threw a cellphone at her in the street near the Théâtre du Rond-Point on July 3. 2021.
Deadline has contacted the Chemla representative for comment.