Luc Besson, for the first time in over fifteen years, is once again, facing off against sexual misconduct accusations. According to new reports, a 27-year-old woman accused him of raping her, leading her to file a police report.
In a report from Variety, the woman said to a radio station in Europe that the director supposedly put something in her tea and she passed out. Upon her momentary reawakening, she discovered he was raping and groping her.
After finally gaining full consciousness again, the woman found a big handful of cash on the dresser, and she went to her friend’s house afterward.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the accuser arrived at her friend’s home in tears and was “visibly shaken.” Variety adds that the victim in question claimed the incident was a “violent sexual assault,” and it happened on the 10th of May at the Bristol Hotel near the Champs Elysees in Paris, France.
In response to the allegations, Luc Besson’s attorney-at-law, Thierry Marembert, said his client “fell from his chair” when he first became privy to the claims.
Police in Paris are investigating a rape allegation made against Luc Besson, one of France's best-known film directors. The complaint was filed by an actress at a Paris police station on Friday. "Luc Besson categorically denies these fantasist accusations," the director's lawyer Thierry Marembert told the AFP news agency. "[The complainant] is someone he knows, towards whom he has never behaved inappropriately." Besson, 59, a director, producer and screenwriter, is most famous for directing the 1988 film Le Grand Bleu, as well as Leon, Subway, The Fifth Element and action thriller Nikita. Photo credit: AFP/GETTY IMAGES . . #rape#news#film#acting#lucbesson#france
As you may know, this is just one of many accusations to come out in the entertainment world lately, with a cascade of men losing their jobs and careers as a result of supposed sexual impropriety.
The takedown of formerly influential producer, Harvey Weinstein, was particularly sensational. Since then, Harvey has been in hiding while in Arizona, and police have been actively investigating him in several different countries.
And perhaps one of the more important developments in the #MeToo movement was the guilty conviction of Bill Cosby. The court and jury convicted him of three counts of aggravated sexual assault, banishing him to prison for the rest of his life.
And, as it was noted at the beginning of the article, Besson came under fire over twenty years ago for an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old girl while he was a man in his thirties. However, at the time, it wasn’t considered morally transgressive in France.