Adjani denies ordering bodyguard to attack her ex

The French actress Isabelle Adjani has been questioned by police after an anonymous letter-writer accused her of ordering her bodyguard to assault a former boyfriend.

Officers reopened their inquiry into an attack on the neurosurgeon Stéphane Delajoux after his lawyer passed the letter on.

Mr Delajoux, 44, was attacked by two hooded men in the street in 2009, as he was leaving a party at the home of his ex-wife. The letter said Ms Adjani had planned the assault, after the couple ended their five-year relationship and she had begun a legal dispute with him over money.

At the time, Mr Delajoux was involved in an argument with the singer Johnny Hallyday, who had lapsed into a coma after the surgeon operated on him. According to L'Express magazine, the letter said: "Ms Adjani ordered her own bodyguard to beat up Mr Delajoux (the week was well-chosen: the media believed the attackers were fans of Johnny Hallyday)." It added: "The children were crying so much that it was impossible to finish smashing up his face."

Ms Adjani denied the allegations and "hoped the author of the defamatory letter would be found", her lawyer said last night.