Famed French director Luc Besson is the subject of a rape investigation conducted by the Paris prosecutor’s office. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a French actress reported Besson to authorities after the director allegedly drugged and raped her at the Bristol Hotel in Paris. Besson and his lawyer, Thierry Marembert, both denied the allegations, with Marembert saying, “Mr. Besson fell off his chair when he learned of these accusations, which he flatly denies.” The actress’s name has not been released.
The initial complaint alleged that Besson slipped something into her tea and penetrated her shortly afterward. He left the hotel before she did and left her an undisclosed amount of cash. The actress hid at a friend’s house following the incident.
Aside from his newer, less beloved works, Besson has directed popular and critically acclaimed films such as The Fifth Element, Leon the Professional, and La Femme Nikita.
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