Director Luc Besson poses on February 17, 2018 in Berlin – Stefanie LOOS © 2019 AFP
The Paris prosecutor’s office on Friday requested a dismissal for the filmmaker Luc Besson, accused of rape for more than three years by actress Sand Van Roy, we learned Friday from a judicial source, confirming information of the Parisian.
It is now up to the investigating judge in charge of this case to confirm or not this dismissal. In this case, the filmmaker was not indicted but only placed under the less incriminating status of assisted witness on January 25.
The director who disputes the accusations, was not indicted but only placed under the less incriminating status of assisted witness on January 25, after a long hearing.
“These are logical and consistent with the reality of the case and the investigation”, reacted to AFP the lawyer of the filmmaker, Master Thierry Marembert. “His position has never changed,” recalled the lawyer. “He wants to close this parenthesis and resume a normal life”. One of Sand Van Roy’s lawyers, Master Francis Szpiner, has declared “a legal scandal”. The Belgian-Dutch actress lodged a rape complaint on May 18, 2018 against the influential French producer and director the day after a meeting with him in a Parisian palace.
Two months later, she had denounced other rapes and sexual assaults, committed according to her during two years of a “professional relationship of influence” with the director. These complaints were dismissed in February 2019 by the Paris prosecutor’s office, who felt they could not “characterize the denounced offense”.
The actress then filed a complaint with the constitution of civil party which had led to the opening of a judicial investigation in October 2019 for “rapes”. leading this media case is “unfortunately gone” and the new magistrate “will have succeeded in never hearing Van Roy, putting Luc Besson under the status of assisted witness and refusing to organize a confrontation between the complainant and the author “, regretted Master Szpiner.
His client “is not surprised” by the position of the prosecution, “since she knows that obtaining justice is the obstacle course, but she is tenacious”, he added. announced to close the investigations at the end of February, rejecting all the requests for acts of the civil party. This decision had been confirmed by the investigating chamber of the court of appeal. “I have never raped a woman in my life. I never raised my hand on a woman. I have never threatened a woman. I have never physically or morally forced a woman to anything “, had swept in 2019 the director, 62 years old today, of” Subway “,” Le Grand Bleu “or” Nikita “.
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