‘La Femme Nikita’ director Luc Besson denies drugging, raping French actress

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French filmmaker Luc Besson has denied raping actress Sand Van Roy following French investigators’ decision to reopen the case.

Prosecutors in Paris, France, dropped the case brought by Van Roy, a Dutch-Belgian actress, in February, but reopened their investigation on Friday, after she brought fresh charges.

Van Roy, 28, told police last year she was drugged and raped by Besson, 60, while in a “controlling” relationship with him. He also faces allegations of harassment or assault from eight other women.

Denying the claims, he told French broadcaster BFTV: “This case is a lie from A to Z. I did not rape that woman, I have never raped a woman in my life.

“I have never lifted a hand to a woman, I have never threatened a woman… I never drugged this woman as has been said. That is a lie.”

The actress, who had a small role in Besson’s blockbuster Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, first went to the police in May 2018 after spending the night with the director in a luxury Paris hotel, and later claimed she had been raped four times over the two years when she had been “in a controlling professional relationship” with The Fifth Element filmmaker.

Besson admitted to being in a sexual relationship with Van Roy, acknowledging he had been unfaithful to his wife, producer Virginie Besson-Silla.

“I betrayed my wife and my children,” he confessed. “It did not only happen once, it happened several times during our 20 years of marriage.”

Police questioned Besson about the accusations in October 2018, but dropped their investigation earlier this year.

A source close to the new investigation tells Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper that preliminary inquiries into accusations by another woman are underway. Another actress has also told prosecutors that she had to escape on “her hands and knees” from an audition at Besson’s office in 2002.

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