“The court confirmed the innocence of my client. A dozen procedural initiatives by Ms. Van Roy all ended in the same way. Luc Besson regrets these four lost years”, indicated his lawyer, Me Thierry Marembert, to the outcome of the deliberation.
“We are appealing immediately,” replied Me Antoine Gitton, lawyer for Ms. Sand Van Roy with Me Francis Szpiner.
“It was a sordid news item and it becomes a matter of state, which we will treat as such. I did not see any justice there, only a sham justice of small virtue. We promise to give this small justice a lesson in virtue”, he launched.
The chamber of the instruction of Paris had examined on April 19 the appeal of the actress against the abandonment of the prosecution which benefited on December 9 the influential French filmmaker and producer.
The Court of Appeal followed Tuesday the requisitions of the public prosecutor, favorable to the confirmation of the dismissal.
The actress also asked for the recusal of the president of the chamber of instruction, on which it was not decided immediately.
On May 18, 2018, the actress filed a complaint for rape, a few hours after an appointment in a Parisian palace, the protagonists of which gave two versions: according to Sand Van Roy, an imposed digital anal penetration then a fainting, despite his orders to stop. For Luc Besson, a consented vaginal report imbued with “sweetness”.
Two months later, the actress filed a complaint for other rapes and sexual assaults committed between 2016 and 2018, episodes of a “relationship of professional influence” under threats of “retaliation on her career as an actress” with that who created the Cité du Cinéma in the north of Paris.
The preliminary investigation had been dismissed in February 2019 by the Paris prosecutor’s office. An investigating judge was then seized of the case in October 2019.
Two years later, on December 9, another investigating magistrate issued a dismissal order “in the absence of any material element to support the statements” of the 34-year-old complainant.
A vision rejected by Sand Van Roy who filed a complaint against the judge for “false” and contests with his lawyers radically the content of the judicial information, according to her biased and incomplete.
In court, at least three women mentioned facts ranging from “kisses on the neck” to “attempted rape”, disputed by Mr. Besson.
Other women had also testified to Mediapart about inappropriate gestures or sexual assaults, often prescribed, on the part of the director.