French movie director Besson to be handled as ‘assisted witness’ in rape case

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French film director Besson to be treated as ‘assisted witness’ in rape case

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French movie director Luc Besson is to be handled as an assisted witness within the court docket case over allegations that he raped an actress, a choose dominated Monday.

The case is the second introduced towards the “Fifth Element” director by the Dutch-Belgian actress Sand Van Roy, who has accused Besson, 60, of repeatedly raping her over a two-year interval.

In France, assisted witness standing signifies {that a} choose considers there may be some proof to recommend culpability, however not sufficient to cost the suspect.

The individual might be charged at a later date if additional proof emerges towards them.

Van Roy initially filed a rape declare towards Besson in Could 2018, a day after assembly him on the Bristol luxurious resort in Paris.

Two months later the actress, who had minor roles in Besson’s “Taxi 5” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”, accused him of raping and sexually assaulting her on different events.

Prosecutors dropped the case in February 2019 citing lack of proof, however a brand new investigation was opened the next October after Van Roy introduced recent expenses.

Besson’s lawyer Thierry Marembert hailed Monday’s choice, saying it “has just confirmed once again that the accusations against Luc Besson are baseless”.

Van Roy is one in every of 9 ladies who’ve stated they had been assaulted or harassed by Besson.

Like Hollywood, French cinema has grappled over the previous few years with “Me Too” allegations of sexual assault by highly effective males within the movie institution.

France’s equal of the Oscars, the Cesar awards, had been hit by controversy final yr after Roman Polanski—needed within the US for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old woman in 1977 — received finest director and finest tailored screenplay.

French actress Adele Haenel, who has stated she was sexually harassed by the director of her first movie when she was 12, walked out of the ceremony, shouting “Shame”.

(AFP)

 

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