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French filmmaker Luc Besson has been forced to deny fresh allegations of sexual misconduct, just two months after a French actress accused him of rape.
Besson denied the inital allegations made against him, with his lawyer adding that “Luc Besson categorically denies these fantasist accusations” in a statement.
Today (July 10), French media outlet Mediapart published a lengthy investigation into the claims made against Besson, writing that “several women” have described being subjected to “sexually inappropriate behaviour” from the director.
Following the new claims, a lawyer for Besson told AFP that they had nothing to add to his original statement made in May, saying that Besson “categorically denies any type of inappropriate or reprehensible behaviour”.
“Mr Besson is reserving his answers for the investigators so that his innocence can be shown,” the lawyer added.
Besson is best known for his early action films including Nikita, Leon, The Fifth Element and Taxi, as well as his writing and production on the Transporter and Taken series.
Most recently, Besson worked on the Dane De Haan and Cara Delevingne-starring Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and he also directed 2014 box office hit Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson.
Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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