French director Luc Besson accused of violently sexually assaulting actor
French film director has been accused of sexual assault by an actor who worked with him on two films. No charges have been formally filed.Updated: May 21, 2018 16:19 IST
Director Luc Besson, known for movies like Leon: The Professional, and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, has been reported to police on an accusation of raping a woman in France.
The complaint was filed by a young female actor at a Paris police station on Friday.
The actor, who worked with Besson on two films, told Variety that the incident, which she described as a “violent sexual assault,” happened on May 10, following a meeting with the filmmaker at the Bristol Hotel near the Champs Elysees in Paris.
Besson has “flatly” denied the allegations.
His attorney said in a statement: “Mr Besson fell from his chair when he learned of these accusations, which he flatly denies.”
French police are reportedly investigating the claim, and Besson has not been formally charged.
French radio station Europe 1 was the first to report the filing of the complaint.
Shares in EuropaCorp, the film and TV studio group chaired by Besson, slumped on Monday following the emergence of the allegation.
Besson is currently working on Anna, a film starring Russian actor Sasha Luss in the title role, as well as Helen Mirren and Cillian Murphy.
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First Published: May 21, 2018 16:15 IST