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Protester crashes Cannes Film Festival red carpet at George Miller premiere

A woman who stripped off her clothes to reveal a message against rape written on her body crashed the Cannes Film Festival red carpet premiere of George Miller's Three Thousand Years of Longing on Friday.

Woman reveals a message against sexual violence written on her body in the colours of Ukraine's flag

Rose Bertram poses on the red carpet ahead of the premiere of Three Thousand Years of Longing as a woman protesting the war in Ukraine runs by at the Cannes Film Festival in southern France on Friday. (Sarah Meyssonnier/Reuters)

WARNING: This story contains details of sexual assault and graphic details.

A woman who stripped off her clothes to reveal a message against rape written on her body crashed the Cannes Film Festival red carpet premiere of George Miller's Three Thousand Years of Longing on Friday.

The unidentified woman tore off her clothes during the film's red carpet procession to reveal the message "Stop raping us" written across her torso next to the blue and yellow colours of the Ukraine flag. Red was also painted on her legs and groin.

While she yelled "Don't rape us!" security quickly encircled her and took her off the red carpet.

Representatives for the festival didn't immediately comment.

Russia's war in Ukraine has often been in the spotlight at this year's Cannes festival, which is screening several films from Ukrainian filmmakers. The festival barred Russians with ties to the Kremlin from attending.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a surprise address Tuesday to open the festival.

A protester wearing body paint in the colours of the Ukrainian flag is removed from the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday. (Daniel Cole/The Associated Press)

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