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JUSTICE – “Don’t file a complaint. Especially not on the day of the facts. Especially not against Luc Besson. That’s it. I get it.” A few hours after the confirmation on appeal of the dismissal in the context of the rape charges against director Luc Besson, his accuser Sand Van Roy expresses her disappointment this Tuesday, May 24.
In a letter posted on her Twitter account, the actress returned to the entire procedure which began on the day of her alleged rape, May 18, 2018, when she filed a complaint. She describes in particular her bruise on her eye, her lesions in the back and an anal lesion, while the director has always pleaded for a consented vaginal intercourse.
After a classification without follow-up must have been able to characterize the offense, “an independent investigating judge chose to reopen the file” but “she was quickly replaced by another”, relates Sand Van Roy. “The examining magistrate Noiriel refused to hear me. (…) This magistrate will lie and say for example that I had ‘spent the night with Luc Besson’. It’s wrong. (…) The investigating judge will even dare to say that the ‘anal lesion never existed’.”
Sand Van Roy then quotes a magistrate who would have prevented her from denouncing these false assertions. Rather than taking it into consideration, the magistrate would have congratulated “the examining magistrate for having made a relevant analysis of the file”, denounces the complainant. It was this magistrate who presided over the appeal hearing for the dismissal on April 19, which resulted in the confirmation of the dismissal on Tuesday.
Iconic case of the #MeToo era
“We presented the expertise before the investigating chamber when we challenged the dismissal. Dismissal still confirmed. The expertise is simply non-existent in the judgment”, she accuses.
The Belgian-Dutch concludes, acerbically: “You don’t care about physical evidence and expertise. You don’t care about any incriminating elements against aggressor. You humiliated me, defamed me, damaged me for life. You made my mother cry today and I will never forgive your country for that. You managed to destroy everything I love. I quit my law studies because I no longer believe in justice.”
After the verdict, his lawyers announced that they had “filed an appeal in cassation”. For them, “this behavior of justice is not likely to comfort women in a legal process”.
This file is one of the most emblematic of the #MeToo era. After this first complaint, the actress filed another for other rapes and sexual assaults committed between 2016 and 2018, episodes of a “relationship of professional influence” under threats of “retaliation on her acting career” .
In court, at least three women mentioned facts ranging from “kisses on the neck” to “attempted rape”, disputed by Luc Besson. Other women had made comparable testimonies to Mediapart.
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