French filmmaker Luc Besson under investigation after being accused of drugging, raping actress

French authorities said they are investigating a rape accusation against filmmaker Luc Besson.

AP May 20, 2018 16:35:17 IST
French filmmaker Luc Besson under investigation after being accused of drugging, raping actress

French authorities said Saturday they are investigating a rape accusation against Valerian filmmaker Luc Besson, who denies wrongdoing.

A judicial official told The Associated Press that a 27-year-old woman filed a complaint Friday (18 May) accusing the 59-year-old director of drugging and penetrating her at the hotel Bristol in Paris.

The official was not authorized to be publicly named.

French filmmaker Luc Besson under investigation after being accused of drugging raping actress

Luc Besson/Image from Twitter.

BFM television and Europe-1 radio cite Besson’s lawyer as saying he denies the accusations. His attorneys did not return messages from the AP.

The reports came as the Cannes Film Festival is wrapping up; accusations of sexual misconduct and inequality in the movie industry have been prominent themes at the festival this year.

Besson has produced nearly 100 films and written and directed many of them. His films include the Taken series, The Fifth Element and Leon. His Europa Corp. production company didn’t respond to requests for comment.

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