French Prosecutors Dismiss Rape Case Against Luc Besson
An actress filed a complaint last May accusing the director of drugging and raping her. The prosecutor's office said Monday that investigators didn't find evidence of a rape.
The Paris prosecutor's office has dismissed rape charges against director Luc Besson after an investigation failed to turn up evidence to support a woman's allegation.
Belgian-Dutch actress Sand Van Roy filed a complaint last May accusing the 59-year-old director of drugging and raping her at Le Bristol Paris hotel.
The prosecutor's office said Monday that investigators didn't find evidence to support the charge of rape.
Lawyers for Besson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the charges had been dropped. "Mr. Luc Besson has satisfactorily noted the decision of the Prosecutor to dismiss the charges brought by Ms. Sand Van Roy, which he has always formally denied. This decision comes after a very thorough survey conducted by the prosecutor with which he fully cooperated."
Besson was questioned by investigators on Oct. 2 and Dec. 11 of last year.
The statement went on to read that Besson "regretted that some, fortunately a minority, had hastened to condemn him and he thanks all those whose constant support enabled him to face these difficult months."
Van Roy came forward with her claim in May, following a meeting at the hotel with Besson. At the time the actress, who had a role in Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, said she had been pressured into a two-year relationship with the director.
Following the report, eight other women came forward with various accusations of sexual abuse and harassment ranging from rape to inappropriate behavior against the the filmmaker in a series of investigative reports by French news site Mediapart.
Besson's EuropaCorp has struggled in the wake of the charges.