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Director Luc Besson Accused of Rape

May 19, 2018 | Posted by Joseph Lee
Luc Besson

Variety reports that Luc Besson has been accused of rape by a young actress who worked with him on two films. She filed a complaint with police earlier this week but did not want to be identified. Police have yet to issue a statement.

The woman said the incident, which happened on May 10, was a “violent sexual assault” after she met with Besson at the Bristol Hotel near the Champs Elysees in Paris. His legal representative said that Besson “categorically denied all the accusations made against him.”

There have reportedly been rumors about Besson since the start of the #MeToo movement, but no French filmmakers have been brought down by the movement yet. The outing of public figures in France is harder due to the strict libel laws.

Besson’s next film, Anna, will be released in October by Lionsgate. It stars Helen Mirren, Cillian Murphy and Luke Evans.

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