Australian-American actress Melissa George tearfully opened up about allegedly being assaulted by her former partner Jean-David Blanc.
George, 40, broke her silence in a new interview with Australian Channel Seven’s “Sunday Night”. An emotional George recalled an allegedly violent incident between her and the father of her children last September in Paris.
The “In Treatment’ actress accuses Blanc, a French entrepreneur, of assaulting her – a claim which Blanc has already denied in court. “I’ve been hit, I’ve been in a fight,” George said in the teary interview. “I’ve got my babies.”
She said she struggled to regain her strength following the alleged altercation, “I couldn’t walk, couldn’t turn my neck.”
George also looked back on the tabloid-frenzy surrounding the news. “The lies, people being bribed,” she recalled of rumours including alleged kidnapping charges the actress faced when trying to leave France with her two sons.
The sheer magnitude of the gossip about her family is why George has chosen to address the assault six months later. “I have no other choice,” she explained, feeling it is the best way to protect her children.
George was taken to Cochin hospital last fall with bruises and swelling on her face as a result of the alleged beating, according to Daily Mail. The Golden Globe-nominated actress’ interview airs on Sunday.
George opened up about the incident in the interview and went into explicit detail about what exactly happened.
“It started with him on top of me, with my arms locked above my head,” she recounted. “He pushed me into the door and then struck my face, and I hit the wall and fell on the floor. He stood over me and said, ‘Now you’re a real actress.'”
Things got serious when she said she was going to call the police on him. He grabbed the back of her head and hit it on a coat hanger. This is when she began to fight for her life.
Blanc eventually stopped and she grabbed what she could and fled their home. Her Uber driver found a cop car and she was brought to a station bruised and battered. “I had marks around my wrists when I was thrown into the door, I had bruising on my back, my bottom and my hip. When he struck my face I had swelling to the left side of my face,” she revealed.
George was so badly injured that she had broken her inner lip, cracked her head, she had a lump over her eyes and couldn’t move her neck. You can watch her full interview here.