Director Luc Besson denies allegations of raping actress Sand Van Roy and keeping her as a 'sex puppet'
The director's lawyer, Thierry Marembert, said very specifically in a statement that the film mogul "categorically denies these fantasist accusations."
'Leon: The Professional' director Luc Besson, as per recent reports, has very categorically denied all claims of ever keeping actress Sand Van Roy as a "sex puppet", let alone continuing to rape her for two straight years. The actress has been involved in a series of high-profile media appearances across France, where she kept claiming to be "scared of dying" as she allegedly endured "humiliating sex acts" at the hands of Besson.
And now it has come into attention that the director's lawyer, Thierry Marembert, said very specifically in a statement that the film mogul "categorically denies these fantasist accusations," and even added that he would be presenting his evidence in a court of law, and not on TV.
Besson's lawyer further confirmed that although Van Roy is someone Besson does know, he has "never behaved inappropriately" towards her. As has been reported previously, Van Roy has made various claims in the media that the married father of five made an advance towards her for the last time in Paris at the five-star Bristol Hotel, after he returned from this year's Cannes Film Festival.
In order to get her version of the story out in the world for everyone to sit up and take notice, Van Roy renounced the anonymity that is generally granted to victims of sex crimes and decided to give an interview on the BFM TV news channel, as well as the French Info Radio station.
In her interviews, she clearly recalled the night of May 18, which was allegedly the last time she slept with Besson, and said, "‘I was scared of dying, that was never very far away. It was a crescendo, and even the next day I had so much pain that I passed out. And when it’s as violent as that, that’s called a rape."
The actress then spoke about how she wanted him to stop, but no such thing happened. "I said stop, I told him clearly – it’s not just, no. There were tears, there was vomit. He forced humiliating sex acts on me. I showed my disgust. I showed that I did not want it. It’s also a no."
The actress then went on to reveal that Besson allegedly left the hotel at somewhere around 2 am, but not before leaving some cash for Van Roy. He, however, did not say a word to her while he was leaving the room. The very next day, when the actress woke up, she found herself and her body feel extremely violated, and from there she rushed to the police station in the 20th arrondissement of Paris to file a complaint about rape.
Throughout her interviews, Van Roy talked about how Besson kept her "in his grip", and "raped me repeatedly" between the years of 2016 and 2018. She also said that he wanted her to "dye myself blonde, speak like a child, and wear nothing but skirts" during a majority of their sex sessions, and a few times, the movie mogul even allegedly asked the actress to "leave my model agency", and to "stop partying and seeing friends".
Apart from the complaints that the actress made against the director on the personal front, she also had a few other claims to make about Besson's professional relationship with her. She also alleged that Besson had threatened to cut out her minor appearance in 'Anna', which is his latest thriller starring Helen Mirren and is set for release next year.
As per The Daily Mirror, the actress told France Info that Besson "set up a father-daughter relationship," and kept altering between "compliments and criticism" from time to time. She then claimed that he made her his "puppet, his object." According to the publication, officers in the French capital have confirmed that Besson, who is the renowned director for making films like 'The Big Blue', 'Nikita', and 'The Fifth Element', was indeed being investigated for rape.
As a lot of people might know, Van Roy and Besson met each other on the set of his film 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets', which also stars pop star Rihanna and English model Cara Delevingne. Van Roy, who is inherently French with Belgium and Dutch family antecedents made the start of her career as a model, and eventually moved into acting, screenwriting and stand-up comedy.
News of Van Roy's alleged rape at the hands of Besson cast a dark shadow over the Cannes festival this year, especially since discussions about Besson were as rife as disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who stands accused of sexually abusing numerous women around the world.
The disgraced media mogul had appeared for the brief hearing in Manhattan — his first time in court since his May 25 arrest — where he sat through a formal reading of all the charges against him.
Following this, the 66-year-old who reportedly looked pale said "not guilty," denying all allegations of non-consensual sex. Weinstein, who has admitted that his behavior has "caused a lot of pain," has always denied the allegations and described many of them as "patently false."
His lawyer Benjamin Brafman, meanwhile, has challenged the credibility of his alleged victims and called the rape allegations "absurd".
The arraignment comes after Weinstein's indictment by a grand jury last week on charges of a first-degree criminal sexual act and first- and third-degree rape, as per charges leveled by two women who claim to have been victimized by him in New York in 2004 and 2013. He had chosen to not testify before the grand jury and later posted bail for $1m.
Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to rape by 87 women. Famous actresses and models such as Kate Beckinsale, Cara Delevingne, Heather Graham, Salma Hayek, Lena Heady, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd, Minka Kelly, Rose McGowan, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwenyth Paltrow and Mira Sorvino are among the many brave women who have come forward with the accusations.