This report is the latest in a lengthy investigation into the accusations targeting Luc Besson (see more here and here), during which Mediapart has met with numerous men and women who have either worked with the filmmaker or who have been acquainted with him.
All those interviewed and quoted in this report were questioned by Mediapart over recent months. Some asked for their names to be withheld, explaining that they were fearful of the consequences of speaking out or to protect the privacy of their families. Most of them have provided Mediapart with written statements, notably in case of subsequent legal action, and also documents supporting their accounts. Some of those interviewed asked for the right to review their quoted statements before publication, which Mediapart agreed to.
To comply with Ananda’s request for total anonymity, Mediapart has omitted from this report all details that might suggest her true identity, including certain names, dates, places and anecdotes. While Laura requested that her real name should be withheld here, she does of course appear under her real name in the ongoing investigation into the accusations against Luc Besson, in which she has provided a sworn statement to police. The same is also the case regarding Amandine, who wrote to the public prosecution services.
As detailed in this report, Mediapart has contacted Luc Besson and his lawyer Thierry Marembert on several occasions, beginning in July, to request an interview, which they declined. They did not reply to written questions sent to them. The investigation is ongoing, during which Besson is of course legally afforded the presumption of innocence.
Expert graphologist Christine Jouishomme orally reported the conclusions of her analysis of the note provided by Ananda which she said was left for her by Besson at the Hôtel Meurice.
Geoffrey Le Guilcher is the author of an unauthorised biography of Luc Besson, Luc Besson, L'homme qui voulait être aimé : La biographie non autorisée (Luc Besson, the man who wanted to be loved: the unauthorised biography), published in France in 2016 by Flammarion.