French film director Luc Besson (pictured in February) has been accused of sexual harassment and abuse by five more women, according to French media reports
Five more women have come forward to accuse French film director Luc Besson of sexual harassment.
The claims come following a rape complaint by Belgian-Dutch actress Sand Van Roy, and sexual misconduct claims by three other women in France.
Now five additional women have come forward with accusations of sexual abuse and harassment against him, French magazine Mediapart reported.
In an eerie echoing of disgraced Miramax producer Harvey Weinsten, who has been accused of raping and sexually harassing dozens of women, Besson would often ask for meetings in his private hotel suites, according to the outlet.
In the Mediapart report, a former student at Besson’s school, l’Ecole de la Cité, alleged that she was sexually harassed by Besson in 2015 while on an internship with him after her second year in the school.
She was later hired by Besson to work as an assistant. The young woman claimed that she endured unwanted kiss and hugs.
She is the only one of the five women in the new report to have spoken to police, which happened in mid-July, Mediapart said.
French media reports state that in total nine women who have accused the director of sexual crimes, ranging from rape to inappropriate behavior.
Another accuser said she was hired by Besson to assist him at EuropaCorp in the 2000s.
Sand Van Roy (right) has accused Luc Beson (left) of raping her at the Le Bristol hotel in Paris in May
The woman claims she was forced into a sexual relationship with him at a time when she was struggling financially.
Another assistant, who chose to remain anonymous, detailed three sexual encounters with Besson as well as a pattern of harassment at work.
At the time of the alleged harassment, she confided in another employee.
She also provided Besson’s agenda and a note from Hotel Meurice in Paris which was allegedly written by the director, in which she was instructed to take a bath and called a ‘princess’.
Karine Isambert, a former model who met Besson for what she thought was an audition at his hotel room, back in 1995, said that he sexually harassed her during their meeting and grabbed her against her will.
Mediapart has also reportedly obtained video of a hotel room casting of a 16-year-old girl in 2003.
Karine Isambert (right) and Sand Van Roy (left) are the only women to have publicly made allegations against the film director
In May, Sand Van Roy, 27, accused Valerian director Besson of raping her at the Le Bristol hotel in Paris.
French media reported that Van Roy was in a relationship with Besson, 59, for around two years – but claimed she felt pressured into physical intimacy because for professional reasons.
Besson has denied any wrongdoing and his lawyer dismissed the allegations as ‘fantasist accusations’. He has yet to respond to requests for comment on the new allegations.
Luc Besson has written and produced a number of action films, including Taxi, The Transporter, Jet Li films Kiss of the Dragon and Unleashed/Danny the Dog.
He also wrote the Taken series, starring Liam Neeson. Taken 2 was the largest-grossing export French film at the time.
Besson went on to win Best Director and Best French Director for The Fifth Element and was later nominated for a César Award for Léon: The Professional and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc.