French star Catherine Deneuve apologizes to sexual abuse victims after anti-MeToo letter

Film star Catherine Deneuve has apologized to victims of 'odious' acts of sexual abuse, after she signed a much-criticized letter saying men are being unfairly accused of sexual misconduct.

Actress defended view that current atmosphere threatens sexual freedom

French actress Catherine Deneuve, seen at Cannes in 2017, has apologized to victims of sexual harassment and assault after signing a letter blasting the #MeToo movement as a 'witch hunt.' (Stephane Mahe/Reuters)

Film star Catherine Deneuve has apologized to victims of "odious" acts of sexual abuse, after she signed a much-criticized letter saying men are being unfairly accused of sexual misconduct.

The letter, signed by 100 French women, says the wave of accusations against powerful men since the Harvey Weinstein scandal has gone too far. The letter prompted a backlash in France and beyond.

In response, Deneuve wrote a letter published Sunday by daily Liberation apologizing to abuse victims.

However she also defended her view that men are becoming victims of a "media lynching" and that the current atmosphere threatens sexual freedom.

She denounced abuse of power and called for better justice against proven abusers.

She also defended her feminist credentials, noting that she publicly backed legalizing abortion in France.