Bosses behind a movie awards show in Quebec, Canada have removed Claude Jutra's name from the annual event following new reports suggesting the late director was a paedophile.
The openly-gay star, dubbed the grandfather of Quebecois film, committed suicide in 1986 and he was posthumously honoured by Quebec Cinema officials, who launched The Jutra Award in his memory in 1999.
However, film historian Yves Lever's new biography about Jutra, released this week (begs15Feb16), raised decades-old allegations of child sex abuse, which reportedly prompted one unidentified victim to go public with his ordeal, telling the Montreal La Presse the inappropriate behaviour took place over a 10-year period from when he was just six.
On Wednesday (17Feb16), Quebec Cinema officials announced they would be pulling Jutra's name from their yearly awards event, shortly after the province's Culture Minister Helene David publicly asked for them to consider such an action.
"It's extremely upsetting," David said. "These are very serious allegations. All my thoughts go with the victim, who has lived with this his whole life, with the scars of this paedophilic act."
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has also announced Jutra's name will be removed from a city park and street, which celebrate his memory.
Representatives for Jutra's family have yet to comment on the accusations.
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