Victim of domestic violence, actress Judith Chemla speaks

Judith Chemla posted on her Instagram account photos of her swollen face following the attack last year by her ex-husband. A publication to send a message to victims of domestic violence “never withdraw a complaint”.


Currently in the cast of Michel Leclerc’s film, Le Goût et les couleurs, and soon to be shown in Simone, le voyage du siècle, where she plays Snowy, Simone Veil’s sister, Judith Chemla posted photos on her Instagram account of his swollen face following the assault of his ex-companion 1 year ago.

Supposed to come to present the film My brothers and me of her spouse Yohan Manca at the Cannes Film Festival in July 2021, the actress had finally canceled her visit. The American magazine Variety then revealed that Judith Chemla had been attacked by her companion.

LCI says the actress filed two lawsuits that culminated in an eight-month probationary sentence last May for domestic violence, harassment and trespassing.

A year after her assault, the actress returns to the facts and denounces the pressure that her former spouse, and father of her daughter, continues to exert on her. She writes in her post:

A year ago my face was injured, blue, purple under my eye, I saw myself deformed. A year ago I looked at my face in the mirror and I knew that I could no longer hide my face. My daughter’s father.

Those who are able to do that must be out of harm’s way. But how ? I’m not ashamed of this photo. But he should be ashamed, he should be ashamed today, a year later, instead of continuing to pressure me, to think that he still has the means to manipulate me, instead of rotting my child’s head he should be ashamed and quiet, really seeking forgiveness. This is not the case.

I have so much evidence that he keeps trying to harm me. Go back to the police station a third time? Filing a 3rd complaint in 1 year? Being in the film industry, and having the sword of Damocles with an 8-month suspended prison sentence… isn’t that enough?

I am exhausted. What does it take to make him leave me alone? Really go to jail? He will still play the victim with my daughter and she will suffer from not seeing her father.

That I keep this to myself? He will still feel above the law will continue to complain and challenge court decisions with his 5-year-old daughter, whom he sees as a normal father who he is not. He will continue to believe that he is able to pressure me and bully me morally.

I can not stand it anymore. I demand to have peace. Is it clearer like this ?

“Do not be afraid”

Many personalities such as Géraldine Nakache, Reda Kateb, Nora Hamzawi, Nicolas Maury, Clara Luciani, Manu Payet, Céline Sallette or Juliette Armanet have given their support to the actress and salute her courage to speak out on domestic violence and the harassment.

Asked today about France InterJudith Chemla thanks people for their support and explains that she published the photos of her face in order to send a message to the victims: “Ladies, don’t be afraid, never withdraw a complaint you have filed. You will be intimidated. I was intimidated, I was made to feel guilty. (…) The fight is to lodge a complaint, to fight for your children.”

Victim of domestic violence, actress Judith Chemla speaks