The Paris Court of Appeals decides on rape charges against Luc Besson

The Paris Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday morning on rape charges against director Luc Besson, an iconic #MeToo-era case that was dropped in December.

On April 19, the investigative chamber considered the appeal of Dutch-Belgian actress Sand Van Roy against the abandonment of the proceedings, which benefited the influential French director and producer on December 9. The public prosecutor requested confirmation of the dismissal.

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On May 18, 2018, the actress made a denunciation of rape, a few hours after a meeting at a Parisian palace, whose protagonists gave two versions: according to Sand Van Roy, a digital anal penetration then imposed a faint, despite ordering to stop. For Luc Besson, an approved vaginal intercourse filled with “tenderness.”

Two months later, the actress filed a complaint about rapes and other sexual assaults committed between 2016 and 2018, episodes of a “professionally influential relationship” under threats of “revenge on her acting career” with what Cité du Cinéma in the north of Paris.

During the preliminary investigation, the director and the actress were confronted in December 2018, before the closing of the investigation, in February 2019, by the Paris prosecutor’s office, which assessed that it could not “characterize the denounced act”.

The actress, who appears in “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” by Luc Besson, then filed a civil lawsuit and received, despite rejection by the Paris prosecutor, the referral to an investigating judge in October 2019.

Two years later, on 9 December, a presiding judge issued a dismissal order “in the absence of any material element to support the statements” of the 34-year-old complainant.

A vision rejected by Sand Van Roy, who filed a complaint against the judge for “false” and radically disputes the content of the judicial information, according to her biased and incomplete.

“Luc Besson has never faced the material evidence that overwhelms him, for example the photo report made in the forensic units on the day of the event, the beatings and injuries to the body of the civil party that accredits the confessed rape. with this and directly contradicts the statements of Luc Besson “, denounces Me Antoine Gitton, Sand Van Roy’s lawyer with me Francis Szpiner.




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Recently they have done an analysis of four doctors confirming the existence and compatibility of his intimate wounds with his version of the denounced facts.

“It has been exactly 4 years since I made the big mistake of believing that France will protect me when I called the police after the rape. “Since then, I have only experienced injustice, even the falsification of my medical file,” the Belgian-Dutch actress said on Twitter on May 18.

His advice was that in the April 19 hearing, the Court of Appeals magistrate challenge that he should decide on this dismissal, “a pure fabrication written about Mr. Besson.”

The 63-year-old producer, known for “The Big Blue”, “Fifth Element” or “Léon”, denies these allegations and fosters a “light and pleasant”, mutually accepted extramarital affair.

“I have never physically or morally forced a woman for anything”, he assured in October 2019, arousing “regret” for this relationship “when there really is a submissive relationship”.

“We are calmly awaiting the decision of the Court of Appeals, with the same stance of the Paris prosecutor, the investigating judge and the general prosecutor who have all concluded that Luc Besson is innocent,” commented his lawyer Me Thierry Marembert.

The producer is one of the French figures caught in the wave of accusations by women who claim to have been victims of rape or sexual assault after the fall of American producer Harvey Weinstein in October 2017.

In court, at least three women cited facts ranging from “neck kisses” to “attempted rape” challenged by Mr Besson.

Other women had also testified to Mediapart about inappropriate gestures or sexual assaults, often described, by the director.

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