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French authorities demand dismissal of rape case against film director Luc Besson

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Acclaimed French film director Luc Besson has repeatedly denied rape.

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The Paris prosecutor’s office on Friday sought to dismiss the rape case brought against acclaimed French film director Luc Besson by an actress, AFP learned from a judicial source.

Famous for films such as “Subway”, “The Big Blue” and “Nikita”, Besson’s fate will be decided by an investigative judge in charge of the case.

The 62-year-old was never charged, but was given supporting witness status under the French legal system, which is less than formally charged.

Besson’s lawyer, Thierry Marembert, told AFP that there was no case to respond to the decision given by the judge would be “consistent with the reality of the case and the investigation”.

He said that his client has always denied any wrongdoing and wanted to close this chapter of his life and “start a normal life again”.

One of the lawyers for the accuser Sand Van Roy, Francis Szpiner, called the move – first reported in Le Parisien newspaper – a “legal scandal”.

The Belgian-Dutch actress filed a rape complaint against the influential French producer and director on May 18, 2018, a day after she met him in Paris.

Two months later, she made allegations about other rapes and sexual assaults committed during a two-year-long “professional relationship” with the filmmaker.

These complaints were dismissed by the Paris prosecutor’s office in February 2019.

Besson has repeatedly denied rape.

He said in 2019, “I have never raped any woman in my life. I have never raised my hand on any woman. I have never threatened any woman.”

“I have never forced a woman to do anything, either physically or morally,” he said.

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