French Judge Clears Luc Besson of New Charges in Rape Case

French director Luc Besson-Getty-H 2019
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Luc Besson has been spared further charges, for now, in the case of actress Sand Van Roy, who has accused the French director of rape.

A French judge on Monday ruled to dismiss further charges against Luc Besson in connection to the ongoing rape case brought against the director by actress Sand Van Roy.

Examining magistrate Marie-Claire Noiriel spent close to five hours in a closed hearing questioning Besson before deciding not to allow further charges in the case.

In May 2018 Van Roy alleged she had been raped by Besson — the director of The Fifth Element, Nikita, Lucy and Leon: The Professional — at the Le Bristol luxury hotel in Paris. The Belgian-Dutch actress has small roles in Besson's Taxi 5 and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and was in an intimate relationship with the director for two years.

Besson was questioned by police on Oct. 2 and Dec. 11, 2018. Prosecutors dropped their initial probe in February 2019 citing a lack of evidence. Following Van Roy's initial complaint, eight additional women came forward saying they had been assaulted or harassed by the director over the years.

In October 2019, a judge ordered a second investigation in the Van Roy case.

After Monday's hearing, Noireil declared Besson an "assisted witness," a delegation under French law which indicates an individual who is not under formal investigation but is alleged to have committed a crime and could still be implicated if evidence of their guilt is brought forward. Besson has not been indicted on any of the charges and has always denied all allegations against him.

Michael Kump, an attorney for Besson's EuropaCorp, commented, "This hearing in Paris is part of ongoing judicial proceedings that began with an investigation by the police and public prosecutor, which exonerated Luc Besson and found that no criminal acts had been committed. Mr. Besson continues to fully cooperate with the authorities and to deny all accusations made against him, and he looks forward to clearing his name."