Associated Newspapers has paid substantial damages and apologised to actor Sand Van Roy for revealing her identity as a complainant in a rape case against the French film director Luc Besson.
In May 2018, Van Roy filed a complaint with French police alleging that she had been raped by Besson.
Ten days later, MailOnline published an article identifying her as Besson’s accuser; the organisation published two further pieces on the subject.
Van Roy’s lawyer, Helena Shipman, told the high court that Van Roy dealt with Besson in a professional capacity and did not “at any time consider herself to be in a romantic relationship with him”.
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