French actress Catherine Deneuve is apologizing to "victims of horrible acts ... and to them alone" who felt "attacked" by the recent open letter published by French newspaper Le Monde stating the #Me Too movement had gone too far.
In a statement published Sunday in the French newspaper Libération, Deneuve does not apologize for the letter itself. In fact, she writes, "Nothing in the letter claims that harassment is good, otherwise I would not have signed." But she says the letter requires "clarification," and that some have "distorted the spirit of the text."
Deneuve writes that she signed the letter to defend freedom, to express her discomfort with "pack" mentality and to highlight the danger of "cleansing" in the arts.
"Will we burn Sade en Pléiade? Designate Leonardo de Vinci as a pedophile artist and erase his paintings? Unhook Gauguin from museums?" she writes.
She also denounces the "conservatives, racists and traditionalists" who have supported her. "I am not duped," she writes.