French Actor Gerard Depardieu Charged with Rape

French actor Gerard Depardieu was charged rape and sexual assault in December after authorities revived a 2018 investigation, the Paris prosecutor’s office reported.

Prosecutor’s office said that the actor was not detained when he was handed the preliminary charges on December 16.

The charges were related to the allegations of an actress in 2018 which was also initially dropped in 2019 due to lack of evidence.

The woman was allegedly assaulted on August 7 and August 13 in 208 in Depardieu’s home in Paris. They met in the woman’s master class in which Depardieu has led, BFM TV reported.

The actress, who was refused to be named, had filed a complaint of alleged rape and assault in August 2018 in the southern French city of Aix-en-Provence. 

Depardieu’s lawyer Hervé Temime was not immediately available for comment, but on his previous statement, he said that the actor “absolutely denies any rape, any sexual assault, any crime.”

Depardieu has won multiple awards and has appeared in 200 films over six decades.

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