By: Steve Dellar | 05-20-2018 | News
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France – Luc Besson, Director Of Léon, Lucy and Valerian, Accused Of Rape

Consternation at the Cannes film festival during the closing ceremony yesterday. Next, to the ‘Weinstein’ speeches and the prizes being given, there was one major topic on everyone’s lips as France’s biggest director, Mr Luc Besson, was accused of rape by one of his actresses who’s featured in multiple of his movies in smaller parts.

27-year-old Miss Sand van Roy (pictured with the director at the premiere of Taxi 5 in France) says Mr Besson invited her to his hotel on Thursday in Paris (The Bristol Hotel), drugged her with tea and then raped her as she woke up. Before he left, he threw her a wad of bills.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Luc Besson accused of rape by actress in France <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Variety (@Variety) <a href="">May 19, 2018</a></blockquote>

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She went to the police in Paris on Friday morning and has since been staying with friends. Paris police are taking the accusations very seriously and have launched an investigation.

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Mr Besson’s lawyer, Thierry Marembert claimed: "Luc Besson categorically denies these fantasist accusations."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Luc Besson got a 15-year-old girl pregnant when he was in his 30s, while he was writing Léon: The Professional. and the only reason the movie isn&#39;t sexualized is because Natalie Portman&#39;s parents demanded script changes and test audiences reacted badly</p>&mdash; priscilla page (@BBW_BFF) <a href="">May 19, 2018</a></blockquote>

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"The complainant is someone he knows, towards whom he has never behaved inappropriately."

59-year-old Mr Luc Besson is France’s most revered director, producer, and screenwriter. His movies include the 1988 film Le Grand Bleu, as well as Leon, Lucy, Subway, The Fifth Element and action thriller Nikita.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Maïwenn met film director Luc Besson when she was 12 and they began dating when she was 15. In January 1993, at age 16, she gave birth to their daughter Shanna. On the DVD extras for the 1994 film Léon: The Professional, she said the film is based on her relationship with Besson</p>&mdash; charli-el (@charlierror) <a href="">May 19, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Just a few months ago, he directed the sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (which starred Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne).


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