Allegations and investigations: the controversy surrounding Samuel Theis

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Actor and filmmaker, who plays the husband in the Oscar-tipped movie, is indicted of rape during production of another film.
Actor and filmmaker, who plays the husband in the Oscar-tipped movie, is indicted of rape during production of another film.

Actor and filmmaker, who plays the husband in the Oscar-tipped movie, is indicted of rape during production of another film.

Accusations of Sexual Assault

French actor and filmmaker Samuel Theis, recognized for his role in the critically acclaimed “Anatomy of a Fall,” faces serious allegations of rape. Reports indicate that Theis was removed from directing “Je Le Jure” after a crew member accused him of sexual assault following a gathering in July.

Conflicting Narratives

The unidentified crew member alleges assault, stating that while intoxicated, he remained at the apartment overnight and was raped in the morning. Theis, however, contends that the interaction was consensual.

Producer’s Response and Investigation

Upon learning of the incident, the film’s producer initiated an investigation through an independent third party. Despite being removed from the set, Theis continued directing “Je Le Jure” remotely.

Challenges in Handling the Situation

Acknowledging the complexity of managing such incidents, the producer highlighted the inadequacy of protocols when dealing with these sensitive matters, despite the resources available.

Legal Actions and Responses

Reports suggest the crew member left the production and lodged a formal complaint with authorities. Theis’s lawyer clarified that no law enforcement contact or charges have been made against him.

The lawyer emphasized the findings of a comprehensive 300-page independent investigation conducted in September, which concluded no substantial evidence of sexual assault.

Impact on Career and Recent Recognition

Theis’s absence during acknowledgments at recent awards ceremonies for “Anatomy of a Fall” has garnered attention, hinting at potential implications for his career amidst these allegations.

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