Bardot On Trial, Once Again, Over Racism

'60s sex kitten, oft-convicted, says rant was in defense of animals, not anti-Islam

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 16, 2008 2:09 PM CDT

(Newser) – Brigitte Bardot is on trial for racism—again. The 1960s French sex symbol, now 73, is a stridently anti-immigrant and seemingly anti-Muslim politician, Time reports. Bardot is on trial for “inciting racial hatred,” a charge she’s been convicted of four times. The current case involves a letter Bardot wrote to officials protesting slaughter of sheep for a Muslim festival.

Bardot wrote that Muslims are “this population that leads us around by the nose [and] destroys our country.” Bardot says the letter's been taken out of context, and that it should be viewed as a defense of animal rights—but that defense has never worked for her. "I'm a bit tired of trying Madame Bardot," said a prosecutor in demanding stiff penalties.

French Actress Brigitte Bardot poses in front of her screen persona in this 1958 file photo.
French Actress Brigitte Bardot poses in front of her screen persona in this 1958 file photo.   (Magnum Photos)
Brigitte Bardot poses for a glamor shot in Paris, 1958
Brigitte Bardot poses for a glamor shot in Paris, 1958   (Magnum Photos)
France. The Var 'department'. St Tropez. 14th of April. Brigitte BARDOT at her home La Madrague. (PAR40793)
France. The Var 'department'. St Tropez. 14th of April. Brigitte BARDOT at her home "La Madrague". (PAR40793)   (Magnum Photos)
French actress Brigitte Bardot lounges in this 1960 file photo.
French actress Brigitte Bardot lounges in this 1960 file photo.   (Magnum Photos)
Brigitte Bardot posing in a studio for a fashion take in Paris, 1958.
Brigitte Bardot posing in a studio for a fashion take in Paris, 1958.   (Magnum Photos)
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