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Besson's Company Fined For Manslaughter Charge

29 June 2009 6:31 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

French director Luc Besson has been forced to pay $140,000 (£93,330) via his production company after a Paris appeals court found executives responsible for the death of a cameraman on the set of Taxi 2.

Alain Dutartre, 41, died after he was struck by a car when a stunt went tragically wrong in 1999.

Bosses at Besson's firm EuropaCorp were initially cleared of all charges when Dutartre's family took them to trial in 2007. Instead, stuntman Remy Julienne, was held solely responsible for the botched scene and handed a suspended 18-month prison sentence.

But the Paris court of appeal reversed the ruling on Monday and found EuropaCorp heads guilty of manslaughter. Julienne's punishment was reduced to six months, and his fine was slashed by $15,460 (£10,300) to just $2,810 (£1,870).

EuropaCorp producers were criticised for rejecting Julienne's offers to trial the car scene in question for a price, which the stuntman claims would have prevented the tragedy. »

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Europacorp Fined Over Death Of Cameraman

29 June 2009 4:08 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

A Paris appeals court has fined French filmmaker Luc Besson's movie company $140,000 over the death of a cameraman who was hit by a car during a 1999 stunt shoot. The court also handed stunt director Remy Julienne, 79, a six-month suspended prison sentence. A lower court had originally acquitted Besson's company, Europacorp, of wrongdoing in the case and had given Julienne an 18-month suspended sentence. The appeals court convicted Europacorp of manslaughter. In addition, the company and Julienne were ordered to jointly pay each of the cameraman's parents and to each of his two brothers. Alain Dutartre, a 41-year-old cameraman, was hit during the August 1999 shooting of Taxi 2, a French car chase film, written/produced by Besson. EuropaCorp was created by Besson, with the intention of it being a French alternative to Hollywood, located on properties in Normandy and Paris owned by Besson. Productions are financed through reinvestment of box »

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