The Paris Court of Appeal on Tuesday confirmed the dismissal order in favor of producer Luc Besson, accused since May 2018 of rape by actress Sand Van Roy. For master Thierry Marembert, lawyer for Luc Besson, this new decision only confirms the innocence of his client. “He is happy with this decision. It was still four very difficult years for him“, he says.
“Four years in which he has been silenced, reduced to professional inactivity for a file that is empty. I think that’s nearly a dozen magistrates who have looked into the file. All have concluded that Mr. Besson is innocent so at some point the evidence is consistent and they impose themselves on everyone”, continues Thierry Marembert
No question of giving up on the side of master Francis Szpiner, lawyer for actress Sand Van Roy who announces to appeal in cassation. “From the start, Mr. Besson benefited from a favorable prejudice. We have always said that this investigation was sloppy, that it was dependent, so I am not surprised by this decision,” he said. “So the Court of Cassation will have to rule on the right to judicial confrontation and if the Court of Cassation does not do so, the European court will have to decide, we won’t let go. But it illustrates in any case the way in which those who complain in France of rape are treated by justice”, he denounces.