Luc Besson Responds To Sexual Assault Allegations After French Court Reopens Case

The Playlist | 10/16/2019 | Charles Barfield
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Over the last year or so, French filmmaker Luc Besson has been the subject of a sexual assault investigation linked to allegations made by an actress who worked on the recent film “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” These allegations came right after multiple sexual misconduct claims from other women linked to Besson. However, in the case of the rape investigation, Besson actually had the case thrown out, as a judge found no reason to proceed.

But, as detailed in a new interview with The Ankler, the filmmaker is now speaking up after the alleged victim has asked for the French courts to reopen the case and take a second look. And Besson wants everyone to know that this whole situation is completely misconstrued.

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For those not well-versed in French law, court cases and appeals are handled very differently than in the United States. Instead of requiring new evidence or some other legal reason, a rape investigation can be reopened at the request of the victim, if he/she feels the previous judge got it wrong. And that’s what’s happening to Besson’s case right now.

“From what I’ve heard, the new judge takes the dossier, reads everything. If she thinks there are key things that are missing, she can ask one or two more things. After that, she makes her conclusions,” he explained.

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As for what Besson says actually happened, he described a consensual relationship with the woman at the center of the case, detailing that the affair had gone on “for years.” But he said the situation was “a very sweet relationship,” with the allegations of rape coming “from nowhere.” Besson explained that the reason he’s coming forward with his side of the story now is because of his recent trips to see a therapist. He feels that he’s gained new insight...
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