Published: Fri, August 31, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Gerard Depardieu Reportedly Accused of Rape

Gerard Depardieu Reportedly Accused of Rape

Naturalised Russian citizen, Depardieu, is reportedly being investigated in France over accusations of rape and sexual assault against a 22-year-old French actress.

The complainant was "a young actress and dancer in her twenties", the Parisian newspaper said, adding that she alleged the actor sexually abused her on the sidelines of a play rehearsal and at his home on August 7 and 13.

Paris public prosecutor's office has opened a preliminary inquiry into allegations against Depardieu after a complaint.

The woman reported the alleged incidents to police in Provence who...

"Gerard Depardieu is shaken by this complaint ... and is absolutely contesting any assault, rape, or any criminal act", Témime said.

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Depardieu is one of France's biggest worldwide stars and has taken part in more than 170 films.

Besson's lawyer called the second allegation "fantasist accusations" and said the director denied any "inappropriate or reprehensible behavior". He was also nominated for an Oscar in 1991 for his leading role in "Cyrano de Bergerac".

Fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is now under investigation in London, New York, and Los Angeles following a string of sexual assault allegations.

In recent years, the outspoken actor has drawn Western criticism for his close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

FILE PHOTO: Actor Gerard Depardieu attends a new conference to promote the movie "Saint Amour" at the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany February 19, 2016.

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