French director Luc Besson accused of rape by actress

French police have launched an investigation after an actress filed a rape complaint on Friday against noted film director Luc Besson (pictured), judicial sources said on Saturday.

Besson’s lawyer Thierry Marembert told AFP that his client categorically denied the “fantasist accusations”. The film director said he never misbehaved with the complainant whom he knew well.

In the complaint, the actress stated that the alleged rape took place on Thursday night at Bristol hotel in Paris. She said she was having a relationship with the director for two years adding that she felt being pressured to become intimate due to professional reasons.

Europe 1 radio, citing the actress, said she lost consciousness after drinking tea in the Bristol hotel room. After regaining consciousness, she realised she had been raped.

Besson, 59, is yet to be questioned as he is out of the country. He is a big name in the French cinema world. His 1998 sci-fi blockbuster The Fifth Element won him the Cesar national award.

Besides, he has won 12 Cesar nominations and directed 17 movies most of which were commercially successful.

He is known for his films like The Big Blue, Nikita and Leon. He was the best paid French film director last year, earning $5.23 million.

He is married to a film producer and they have three children. He has been married four times, including to US actress Milla Jovovich.