PARIS (AFP) – A second woman has accused Luc Besson of sexual assault, according to reports, two months after a young actress claimed to have raped her.
The 49-year-old casting director said she was assaulted by the director “every time I took the elevator with him”, and that he also asked her for sexual favors on set.
Two other women told French site Mediapart that Besson had “behaved inappropriately” with them, with one actress claiming she had to crawl out of a casting in her Paris office.
Mediapart said the casting director wrote to prosecutors and the actress who filed the previous rape complaint made a new allegation against Besson.
With a series of international hits – including The Fifth Element and Nikita – and his own studio on the outskirts of Paris, Besson is one of the most powerful players in the French film industry.
Blood tests taken after the rape complaint was first filed in May showed the woman was not drugged. The 27-year-old actress told police she has an intermittent relationship with the 59-year-old actress.
She said she felt pressured to have sex to keep her roles, including in her 2017 sci-fi epic, Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets.