A Danish film producer, who had part of her left foot amputated, has claimed she was stopped on numerous occasions at the Cannes Film Festival for not wearing high heels.
Valeria Richter was on the red carpet for Gus Van Sant's latest film, Sea of Trees, when officials said she could not enter the screening due to her footwear.
Reports of other women being turned away from films at Cannes this year for not wearing heels sparked outrage on social media yesterday.
The festival has since denied that high heels are part of any official dress code and staff had been reminded that guests wearing flat shoes should be allowed into all screenings.
The festival's director, Thierry Frémaux, also said on Twitter there was no mention of heels in the Cannes dress code.
Richter told the Telegraph she had been stopped four times during her attempt to watch Sea of Trees.
The producer lost part of her left foot and big toe two years ago. She said a colleague, who can not wear heels because she has metal in her foot, was also stopped by festival officials.
"It is ridiculous. We are all working women who walk up and down the streets of Cannes all day doing business. They cannot force us to wear heels," Richter told the newspaper.
"We put on the dress and make an effort to be formal and festive, but to demand heels is not right."
Richter also told BBC 5 Live the amputation meant it hurt too much to wear heels and she couldn't keep her balance.
She admitted she found the whole thing, and the subsequent media storm a little bizarre.
"It just felt very silly, like I'd made some major offence or something," she said.
Yesterday, BuzzFeed spoke to another women who was denied access to Sea of Trees on Sunday evening.
The 21-year-old said she could not wear heels because she has problems with her ankles and back but a security guard told her she could not walk up the red carpet in flat shoes.