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Arielle Dombasle is distancing herself from Netflix and the production

Arielle Dombasle is distancing herself from Netflix and the production

Jean Le Bourne

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Actress Arielle Dombasli claims she “discovered with astonishment the theatricality of her statements” during the fictional documentary “The Bettencourt Affair: A Scandal About the World’s Richest Woman” that aired on Netflix.

In just eight days, the documentary series “The Bettencourt Affair: A Scandal About the World’s Richest Woman” rose to the top spot on Netflix. And if the producers succeed in bringing in key figures from this headline-grabbing 2000s legal series, starting with billionaire fortune manager Patrice de Maestre, the show is ripe for criticism.

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The production alternates between scenes in the Bettencourt Palace with a soundtrack of audio recordings secretly made by the butler of the richest woman in the world and face-to-face interviews with Patrice de Maistre, but also with journalists from Mediapart and Le Monde, the lawyer. George Kegman (who died last May), as well as Ariel Dombasle.

“It’s all fiction, shortcuts, and prejudices.”

The actress and singer appears from the 13th minute of the first episode and is regularly called upon throughout the series, apparently to comment on the scenes that the actors are recreating at home in Neuilly-sur-Seine. The artist explains in particular that it was she who allowed the meeting between Liliane Bettencourt and the photographer François-Marie Panier at the end of the 1980s, which immediately gave her a central role in the case (and in the documentary).

However, today Arielle Dombasli confirms in a press release sent to Paris Match that her interventions were “truncated” and “placed her at the heart of a case to which she was only one witness among others.” “It’s all fiction, shortcuts, prejudices, and Ariel Dombasle cannot accept finding herself an involuntary actress in this fantasy masquerade,” the press release said.

Arielle Dombasle discovered with astonishment how her statements were presented during the fictional documentary “The Bettencourt Affair” that aired on Netflix.

The actress, who appears in a beautiful red Japanese dress inside an empty theater, also accuses Netflix and production company Quad Box of “violating” her fundamental rights. It is his right to review the editing and “to include his comments in the program.”

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