French director, screenwriter and producer Luc Besson, who is accused of rape by the Belgian-Dutch actress Sand Van Rooy, was granted the status of a witness on Monday, January 25, with the right to defense for the duration of the preliminary investigation. This was announced by his lawyer Thierry Marambert, reports BFM TV.
According to the lawyer, “this status the director received after being questioned by the investigating judge.”
“This decision once again confirms that the facts brought against Luc Besson have no basis in fact,” said Marambert.
The director himself categorically denies all the accusations.
On May 18, 2018, actress Sand Van Rooy, 28, filed a complaint with a police commissariat in Paris, accusing the 60-year-old Besson of rape. According to her, the incident occurred the day before during her meeting with the producer at the Hotel Bristol, located near the Elysee Palace.
The actress claims that Besson slipped drugs into her tea and when she lost the creature, he raped her. However, the toxicology blood test taken from Van Rooy was negative.
These complaints were dismissed by the Paris prosecutor’s office on February 25, 2019. However, in October 2019, the Paris court investigator reopened the case due to a new lawsuit filed by the actress. The Paris prosecutor’s office requested that the judge object to the reopening of the investigation.
In November 2018, Besson was accused of sexual harassment by five women – two employees of the EuropaCorp corporation he heads, two former students of the film school and the mannequin Karine Isambert.