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
French Actress Brigitte Bardot poses in front of her screen persona in this 1958 file photo.   (Magnum Photos)
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(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. (Read more France stories.)