French actor Brigitte Bardot looks at her reflection in a mirror, while standing in the waters of Lake Leman, June 13, 1961.
The star was asked in an interview with French magazine Paris Match what she thought of actresses denouncing harassment in the film industry. "Then when they tell the story afterwards, they say they have been harassed ... in actual fact, rather than benefit them, it only harms them". Bardot said she was never a victim of sexual harassment and that she found it charming when men told her that she was attractive or she had a "nice little backside".
Veteran French actress Brigitte Bardot has spoken out against the Hollywood stars raising allegations of sexual harassment and assault. "This kind of compliment is nice", she said.
Others called upon the actress, known as an avid advocate of animal rights, to show a little more respect and kindness for victims of sexual harassment.
She later apologised to sex abuse victims after a backlash against the letter.
"Rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even persistently or back-handedly, is not - nor is men being gentlemanly a macho attack", the letter said. "In reality, it hurts them much more than it helps them", she said.
"I love freedom", she later added.
'It is to them and them alone that I offer my apologies'.
For help, advice or more information regarding sexual harassment, assault and rape in the United Kingdom, visit the Rape Crisis charity website.