Brigitte Bardot denounces the #MeToo movement as “hypocritical”

The French actress has said the movement against Hollywood sexual harassment is "ridiculous"

FILES - A picture taken on September 27, 2007 shows French film legend and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot posing at the Elysee palace in Paris after a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Bardot, France's 1960s screen icon, received a 15,000-euro (23,000 dollar) fine on June 3, 2008 for inciting hatred against Muslims.     AFP PHOTO ERIC FEFERBERG         (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

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Veteran French actress Brigitte Bardot has spoken out against the Hollywood stars raising allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

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Talking about the #MeToo movement in an interview published in Paris Match magazine (and translated by France 24), the Viva Maria! star said, “lots of actresses try to play the tease with producers to get a role. And then, so we will talk about them, they say they were harassed. The vast majority are being hypocritical and ridiculous.”

Bardot went on to say that she had never suffered a sexual assault since her career started in the 1950s. “Me, I was never the victim of sexual harassment and I found it charming when I was told that I was beautiful or I had a nice little backside. This kind of compliment is nice,” she said.

This isn’t the first time the retired actor has made a controversial statement. In 2004 she was convicted of inciting racial hatred for her comments on French Muslims in her book A Cry In The Silence. Bardot has also been criticised for her support for French far-right party National Front.

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The acting icon’s remarks on the #MeToo movement come after a letter signed by 100 French female writers, performers and academics declared accusations emerging since the Harvey Weinstein scandal had gone too far. Published in newspaper Le Monde (and translated by The Guardian), they denounced the Hollywood “witch-hunt” and said men should be “free to hit on” women.