Saturday night, for the third issue of "Quelle époque!" of this second season, Léa Salamé made a nice move by receiving Luc Besson. For the first time since 2018, when Sand Van Roy filed a complaint for sexual assault and rape against him, the French director has agreed to speak publicly. In 2021, a dismissal was pronounced in his favor before being confirmed by the Paris Court of Appeal in May 2022. In June 2023, the Court of Cassation rejected the actress' appeal and definitively dismissed the rape charges. Sand Van Roy has announced that it is appealing to the European Court of Human Rights and has also filed a complaint in Belgium.
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If the filmmaker has always denied the facts, he has acknowledged the extramarital relationship. An adultery that inevitably had consequences on his family. Luc Besson has been married since 2004 to producer Virginie Silla. Together they have three children: Thalia, Sateen and Mao. "This is the hardest moment of my life, it's sitting at a table with your wife and children and telling the truth. I saw at that moment that I destroyed their image of love and it hurt me very, very much," he said with sobs in his voice. "Because it's my responsibility. I regret so much that I destroyed that love in them, that's what hurt me the most of all."
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When the affair broke, his daughters immediately believed in their father's innocence. However, that didn't stop them from resenting him. "I did some work on myself especially. That is to say, you have to regain the trust of your children so it took me 4-5 years. They give me a lot of love today, they don't forget but they forgive me," he added.
As for his wife Virginie Silla, she has chosen to stay for love, even if trust is lost. "It's very hard but it's my fault. In any case, I still have a lot of love for her, "said the director with tears in his eyes. "I regret having deceived her because I did not need it, because there was all the love before my eyes and I did not see it," he concluded particularly moved.