Acclaimed film director Luc Besson has come forward to deny drugging and raping actress Sand Van Roy.
Roy is one of nine women who have come forward to accuse the 60-year-old director whose last film, the mega budget Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, became the most expensive European film of all time.
Roy claimed that Besson attacked her multiple times while in a relationship with him and first reported the case to police in May 2018 after spending a night with the filmmaker in a Paris hotel suite.
However, despite the seriousness of her accusations, French prosecutors dropped the case against Besson. Now though, a judge has reopened the case eight months after its dismissal following the new claims made against the director.
Addressing the case while speaking to French media, Besson strongly denied the accusations but admitted he “made mistakes.”
He said: “This case is a lie from A to Z. I did not rape that woman, I have never raped a woman in my life,” he told French media.
“I have never lifted a hand to a woman, I have never threatened a woman… I never drugged this woman as has been said. That is a lie,” he added in the wide-ranging televised interview.
Despite denying the rape allegations, Besson did offer remorse for how his actions have impacted his family: “I betrayed my wife and my children. It did not only happen once, it happened several times during our 20 years of marriage,” Besson said.
The case is ongoing and the allegations made by other women is thought to be in the early stages.