French authorities said Saturday they are investigating a rape accusation against “Valerian” filmmaker Luc Besson, who denies wrongdoing.
A judicial official told The Associated Press that a 27-year-old woman filed a complaint Friday accusing the 59-year-old director of drugging and penetrating her at the hotel Bristol in Paris.
The official was not authorized to be publicly named.
BFM television and Europe-1 radio cite Besson’s lawyer as saying he denies the accusations.
Besson has produced nearly 100 films and written and directed many of them. His films include the “Taken” series, “The Fifth Element” and “Leon.” His Europa Corp. production company didn’t respond to requests for comment.