French prosecutors have dropped an investigation into claims that the film mogul Luc Besson raped his former girlfriend, his lawyers said on Monday, reports The Guardian.
The actor Sand Van Roy told police in May that she had been repeatedly raped by Besson, 59, during an on-off relationship.
She is one of nine women who have said they were assaulted or harassed by the director and producer, whose 2017 space odyssey, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, was the most expensive European film ever made.
But his lawyers said that prosecutors had closed their inquiry into the alleged rapes, which Besson had always denied.
Besson “is sad that some people – a minority happily – were too quick to condemn him”, his lawyers said. They said the director “thanks all those others whose constant support has helped him get through these difficult months”.