Samuel Theis, who portrayed Sandra Hüller’s spouse in Justine Triet’s Golden Globe-winning project “Anatomy of a Fall,” was fired from the set of his third movie, “Je te jure,” following a crew member’s accusation of rape. Theis stayed on set for the rest of the production, but he shot the movie from a distance. The French publication Liberation claims that the purported assault happened midway through the filming, following a party that the cast and crew attended at a flat on 1 July. Because he was drunk, the crew member stayed the night in the apartment where the party was hosted. He said that early in the morning, Theis had sexually assaulted him.
Liberation claims that the director has maintained that everything was consensual. The crew member decided to depart from the filming shortly after. Producer Caroline Bonmarchand of “Je te jure” informed Variety that she contacted an outside agency to carry out a private inquiry among the actors and staff as soon as she learned about the purported occurrence. In the course of the investigation, Bonmarchand convened meetings to devise a preventive measure, ultimately involving Theis’s physical removal from the set and his inaccessible location. According to Bonmarchand, Theis would arrive early in the morning before the shoot began to set things up and would then enter a different room. Theis would interact with crew members through monitors, and actors might come to him if necessary.
To the National Film Board’s guidelines for applying for subsidies, Bonmarchand attended a session on preventing sexual harassment and assault on set. She said that the process allowed the production to go forward despite the situation. Additionally, crew members had the option to consult with a psychologist. The crew member reportedly submitted a police complaint against Theis after the shoot concluded in July, as reported by Telerama magazine. However, Marie Dosé, Theis’s lawyer, told Variety that she hasn’t been informed about a current inquiry and isn’t aware of any formal complaints.
“The only investigation on this case was ordered by the production and carried out by an independent organization. It was delivered in September and it was 300 pages long — the conclusion is that there were no elements qualifying what happened of a sexual assault,” according to a statement from Dosé. She continued by saying that a witness who had seen Theis and the accuser in their bedroom had entered and characterized it as a “tender moment” in the statement.