Police in Paris are investigating a rape allegation made against Luc Besson, one of France's best-known film directors.
The complaint was filed by an actress at a Paris police station on Friday.
"Luc Besson categorically denies these fantasist accusations," the director's lawyer Thierry Marembert told the AFP news agency.
"[The complainant] is someone he knows, towards whom he has never behaved inappropriately."
Besson, 59, a director, producer and screenwriter, is most famous for directing the 1988 film Le Grand Bleu, as well as Leon, Subway, The Fifth Element and action thriller Nikita.
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He recently directed the sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne.