Valerian director Luc Besson denies raping actress Sand Van Roy and sex attacks on eight other woman but admits ‘making mistakes’

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LEADING French film director Luc Besson has denied drugging and raping actress Sand Van Roy, as well as sex attacks on eight other women.

The 60-year-old Valerian director however, admitted, he had been in a relationship with the Dutch-Belgian actress, 28, and had “made some mistakes”.

Luc Besson is facing allegations against him made by nine women
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Sand Van Roy claimed she feared for her life during one attack from Besson
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The director, pictured with Van Roy, has admitted being in a relationship with her
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A judge has reopened a rape investigation into the director eight months after Paris prosecutors dropped a case brought by Van Roy.

Van Roy told police last year she was repeatedly raped by Besson while in a relationship with him.

She is one of nine women who have said they were assaulted or harassed by the powerful director and producer.

In an interview with French media outlet BFMTV he dismissed Van Roy as a “fantasist” and said he has never harmed any women.

“This case is a lie from A to Z. I did not rape that woman, I have never raped a woman in my life,” said Besson.

“I have never lifted a hand to a woman, I have never threatened a woman… I never drugged this woman as has been said.”

But Besson said that he had a relationship with Van Roy and had made “some mistakes”.

“I betrayed my wife and my children. It did not only happen once, it happened several times during our 20 years of marriage,” he said.

Besson is most famous for directing the 1988 film The Big Blue, as well as Subway, Leon, The Fifth Element and action thriller Nikita.

Van Roy has told how she was “scared of dying” at the hands of Besson, who she claimed has attacked her “repeatedly” since 2016.

The actress starred with Cara Delevingne in his 2017 film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and also appeared in Taxi 5.

She claimed he made her dye her hair blonde, speak like a child and wear only skirts between sex attacks.

Besson with producer wife Virginie Besson-Silla, 46, who is mum to three of his children
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Besson with producer wife Virginie Besson-Silla, 46, who is mum to three of his children[/caption]

 

Besson with Cara Delevingne
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Besson with Cara Delevingne in 2017[/caption]

The director with Angelina Jolie in 2012
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The director with Angelina Jolie in 2012[/caption]

She said he raped her most recently after May’s Cannes Film ­Festival.

Ms Van Roy claimed it happened in the five-star Hotel Bristol in Paris when she passed out after drinking a cup of tea.

“I was scared of dying, that was never very far away. It was a crescendo, and even the next day I had so much pain that I passed out,” she said.

“And when it’s as violent as that, that’s called a rape. I said stop. I told him clearly — it’s not just, no. “There were tears, there was vomit. He forced humiliating sex acts on me. I showed my disgust. I showed that I did not want it. It’s also a no.”


Van Roy said married dad-of-five Besson witched between compliments and criticism after he set up a “father-daughter relationship”.

The claims came weeks after a casting director accused Besson of sexually assaulting her every time they shared a lift.  He was accused of “behaving inappropriately” to two others.

Besson lives in LA with producer wife Virginie Besson-Silla, 46, who is mum to three of his children. He has two daughters from other relationships.

Besson’s top films

La Femme Nikita
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La Femme Nikita[/caption]

Leon
Leon
The Fifth Element
The Fifth Element
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Valerian
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Valerian[/caption]


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