New accusations from students at his film school in Paris, former models and former employees brought to nine the number of women who had made complaints about Luc Besson.
French director Luc Besson posed on the red carpet upon arrival for the premiere of "Eva" film presented in competition during the 68th Berlinale film festival on February 17, 2018 in Berlin. Image: AFP.
PARIS, France – Five more women accused French film mogul Luc Besson of sexual violence and abuse, according to a report Wednesday, six months after the young actress claimed she had raped her.
New accusations from students at his Paris film school, ex-models and former employees bring to nine the number of women who have made complaints about makers Fifth Element.
They included one of his former personal assistants who told the French investigation site Mediapart that he felt forced to have sex with him in luxury hotels in Paris.
Lawyer Besson and its production company, EuropaCorp, declined to comment on the new claim when contacted by AFP.
His former assistant said that he had invited him to dinner at his suite at the Meurice hotel when he was homeless and had appealed to friends who were looking for work.
He said he would be a "protector" and asked him to sit on his lap and give him a "little kiss".
"I don't know why I let that happen to me," he said of the non-consensual sex he claimed afterwards.
& # 39; I WAS PETRIFIED & # 39;
"I'm scared," he told Mediapart. "I had a positive idea about him at the time, for me he was a kind of living god."
Besson is one of the most powerful players in the French film industry with a series of international hits for his name including The Big Blue and Nikita and has his own studio on the edge of Paris.
The epic sci-fi is 2017 Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets is the most expensive European film ever made with a budget of 158 million euros.
However, in May 27, Belgian-Dutch actress Sand Van Roy told police that she was raped by Besson, 59, during a relationship with the producer and director.
Van Roy, who only appeared on Besson films including Valerian, he said feeling pressured into sex to maintain his role.
Besson categorically denied claims, which his lawyer Thierry Marembert had criticized as "fantasist accusations".
In July, a casting director who often worked with Besson told Mediapart that he attacked him "every time I took a ride with him", and that he also requested sexual help from him on the set.
Two other women also said that Besson "behaved inappropriately" with them, with one actress claiming she had to escape from casting in her office in Paris with her hands and knees.
Among the new charges, theater producer Karine Isambert said he was arrested during a meeting in a hotel room in London in 1995 when he became a model hoping to start an acting career.
Two former Besson Cite du Cinema film school students also accused him of harassment and a former employee of his company at EuropaCorp said he had kissed and acted not according to him.