In a graphic Instagram posting on Sunday, French actor Judith Chemla displayed photos in support of her allegations that she had been the victim of domestic abuse. She did not name her abuser directly, referring to an earlier incident in which she was abused at the hands of director Yohan Manca.
The 34-year-old actor had earlier been in a relationship with Manca, the father of her daughter. According to Deadline, the director had been slapped with an eight-month prison sentence for domestic violence, but the sentence was suspended. Chemla had filed a complaint with French police after he threw a mobile phone at her in the street.
Accompanying the Instagram photos, which depict Chemla’s swollen, bruised face, was a message in French describing the incident: “A year ago my face was injured, blue, purple under my eye, I saw myself deformed. A year ago I looked at my face in the mirror and I knew that I could no longer hide my face. My daughter’s father. Those who are able to do that must be out of harm’s way. But how? I am not ashamed of this photo,” she wrote.
Continuing with her posting, Chemla wrote, “I have so much evidence that he continues to try and harm me… What must it take for him to leave me alone? … I can’t stand it anymore. I demand peace. Is it clearer like this?”
The actress also expressed her frustration by having to file two complaints against her abuser. “Should I go back to the police a third time?
Filing a third complaint in a year?
To be in the film industry and have the sword of Damocles of eight months of a suspended sentence, isn’t that enough?… Should I keep this to myself? He would continue to feel above the law… He will continue to believe he is able to pressure me and harass me morally.
Chemla had starred in Manca’s My Brothers And I, a competitor at the 2021 Cannes festival. Her She had earlier appeared in Camille Rewinds (2012) and Not My Type (2016).