PARIS (AFP) - French film director Jean-Claude Brisseau appeared in court accused of the sexual assault of young actresses hoping to get parts in one of his films.
The prosecution called for a two-year suspended prison sentence for Jean-Claude Brisseau, a 30,000 euro (36,000 dollars) fine and an obligation to undergo medical treatment.
The women, who hoped to win major roles in Brisseau's 2002 film "Secret Things", accused him of abusing his authority as film director to obtain sexual favours.
Brisseau, 61, told the court he had wanted "to make a film about the connection between pleasure and the forbidden, to film the mounting of desire as Hitchcock did for fear".
It was Brisseau who first brought to the screen the French singer
Vanessa Paradis, the companion of US film star
The film "Secret Things" was voted the best film of 2002 by the prestigious French film magazine Les Cahiers du Cinema, following such successes as "Black Angel" in 1994 and "White Wedding" in 1989.
A verdict was not expected for some weeks.