Casting director files sexual assault complaint against Luc Besson, French media reports

Screen | 7/10/2018 | Staff
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French director and producer Luc Besson has been hit by a wave of sexual harassment allegations, following revelations in a months-long investigation by French online news and opinion journal Mediapart, which was published on its website on Monday evening.

“In an investigation lasting several months, Mediapart has gathered accounts from several women describing inappropriate sexual behaviour by the director,” read the introduction to the report.

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It is one of the first in-depth media investigations into sexual harassment involving a leading figure in the French film industry to be published in France, in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and resulting #MeToo movement.

The report comes just seven weeks after French actress Sand Van Roy filed a complaint with police against Besson accusing the director of drugging and then raping her during a meeting at a Paris hotel on May 10.

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Police toxicology reports, however, found no trace of any sedatives in Van Roy’s bloodstream. Besson’s lawyer Thierry Marembert said the director denied the claims as “fantasist accusations”.

Mediapart suggested, however, that Van Roy’s decision to file a complaint had encouraged other...
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