Director Luc Besson, at the Beijing International Film Festival, at Yanqi Lake, in April 2015. WANG ZHAO / AFP The Paris Court of Appeal confirmed, Tuesday, May 24, the dismissal order in favor of the producer Luc Besson, accused since May 2018 of rape by actress Sand Van Roy, who immediately appealed. “The court confirmed my client’s innocence. A dozen procedural initiatives by Ms. Van Roy all ended in the same way. Luc Besson regrets these four lost years”, declared his lawyer, Me Thierry Marembert, at the end of the deliberation. “It was a sordid news item and it becomes a state affair, which we will treat as such. I saw no justice there, only a sham justice of petty virtue. We promise to give this little justice a lesson in virtue, ”replied Me Antoine Gitton, lawyer for Ms. Sand Van Roy with Me Francis Szpiner. Read the story: Article reserved for our subscribers “Luc Besson was for me like a guru” The Paris investigating chamber had examined on April 19 the actress’s appeal against the abandonment of the proceedings which benefited on December 9 the influential French filmmaker and producer. The Court of Appeal followed Tuesday the requisitions of the public prosecutor, favorable to the confirmation of the dismissal. The actress also asked for the recusal of the president of the chamber of instruction, on which it was not decided immediately. Several other testimonies from women On May 18, 2018, the actress filed a complaint for rape, a few hours after an appointment in a Parisian palace, the protagonists of which gave two versions: according to Sand Van Roy, an imposed digital anal penetration then fainting, despite his injunctions to stop. For Luc Besson, a consented vaginal intercourse imbued with “softness”. Two months later, the actress filed a complaint for other rapes and sexual assaults committed between 2016 and 2018, episodes of a “relationship of professional influence” under threats of “retaliation on her career as an actress” with that who created the Cité du Cinéma in the north of Paris. The preliminary investigation had been dismissed in February 2019 by the Paris prosecutor’s office. An investigating judge was then seized of the case in October 2019. Two years later, on December 9, 2021, another investigating magistrate issued a dismissal order “in the absence of any material element supporting the statements from the 34-year-old complainant. A vision rejected by Sand Van Roy, who filed a complaint against the judge for “false” and contests with her lawyers radically the content of the judicial information, according to her biased and incomplete. In court, at least three women mentioned facts ranging from “kisses on the neck” to “attempted rape”, disputed by Mr. Besson. Other women had also testified to Mediapart about inappropriate gestures or sexual assaults, often prescribed, on the part of the director. Read the story: Article reserved for our subscribers When Luc Besson dreamed of being a French cinema mogul Le Monde with AFP
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