Dutch actress protests violence against women

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Dutch actress Sand Van Roy made a statement at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival with body art, giving out a #MeToo message.

Van Roy sued French director Luc Besson for rape in 2018 but the case was ultimately dropped by prosecutors. The actress, who had a starring role in Besson's "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets", walked the red carpet at the gala here on Sunday, reports deadline.com.

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She stepped in front of the cameras for an event honouring French actor Alain Delon and revealed a large temporary tattoo on her back that read: "Stop Violence Against Women", along with the #MeToo movement symbol.

The festival has faced criticism for its decision to give Delon an honorary Palme d'Or after he previously talked about slapping women, opposing adoption for same-sex couples and showing support for far right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen.

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Cannes chief Thierry Fremaux recently defended the fest's decision to present Delon with the award saying: "We are not going to give Alain Delon the Nobel Peace Prize. We're giving him a Palme d'Or for his career as an actor."

The French actor received a standing ovation at an 'in conversation' event on Sunday morning.

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A day before, there was another protest at the festival as 60 women and activists gathered at the Palais to show support for women's rights. The red carpet saw a pro-choice demonstration ahead of the premiere of Argentine filmmaker Juan Solanas' abortion documentary "Let It Be Law (Que Sea Ley)". [IANS]

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