CANNES, France (Reuters) – France’s Alain Delon, set on Sunday to receive an honorary prize at Cannes that has sparked scrutiny of his views on women and same-sex couples, said in a newspaper interview that as an actor at least, he was beyond reproach.
“People can say what they want, I’m used to it. But there’s nothing to be said about my career. It’s irreproachable,” Delon, 83, was quoted as saying in the Journal Du Dimanche (JDD).
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One of Europe’s most acclaimed actors for more than five decades and particularly admired in his native France, Delon has starred in films including Luchino Visconti’s “The Leopard”, which won the top prize at Cannes’ cinema showcase in 1963.
But he has also inflamed public opinion over the years, including by declaring his friendship for far-right politician French Jean-Marie Le Pen and has admitted to slapping women.
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Delon stood by some of his views in the interview and said other comments attributed to him had been distorted.
“I’m not against gay marriage, I don’t care: people should do as they please,” he told the JDD. “But I’m against adoption by two people of the same sex.”
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“I said I’d slapped a woman? Yes. And I should have added that I’ve received more slaps than I’ve ever given. I’ve never harassed a woman in my life. They, however, harassed me a lot.”
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