Actress Sand Van Roy Protests Violence Against Women on Cannes Red Carpet

Dutch actress Sand Van Roy made a statement at the Cannes Film Festival with body art.

Van Roy sued French director Luc Besson for rape in 2018. The actress, who had a starring role in Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, walked the red carpet Sunday with a #MeToo message.

The actress stepped in front of the cameras for an event presenting French actor Alain Delon, who was presented with an honorary Palme d’Or. As Van Roy turned to pose for photographers, she 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 honor Delon after he previously talked about slapping women, opposing adoption for same-sex couples and showing support for the politics of the far right French 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.”

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