French movie big Gerard Depardieu has been charged with rape and sexual assault, a judicial supply informed AFP on Tuesday, the newest in a string of such allegations towards distinguished figures in France.
Depardieu, one of the vital well-known actors of his technology, is accused of assaulting and raping an actress in her 20s in 2018.
An preliminary investigation into the rape accusations towards the 72-year previous Depardieu was dropped in 2019 for lack of proof.
But it was reopened final summer time, resulting in felony expenses being filed in December, the judicial supply stated.
The actress accuses Depardieu of getting raped and assaulted her at his Parisian dwelling on two separate events in August 2018.
Depardieu’s lawyer Herve Temime informed AFP that the actor, who’s free however underneath judicial supervision, “completely rejects the accusations”.
He additionally stated he regretted that the case had been made public.
According to a supply near the case, Depardieu is a good friend of the actress’s household.
Some reviews have advised that Depardieu and the actress have been rehearsing a scene of a theatre play, however the supply stated “there was nothing professional about the encounter”.
The lady’s lawyer, Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon, informed AFP that she hoped her shopper’s “private sphere will be respected” because the case unfolds.
Besides lengthy being a celebrity in his dwelling nation, Depardieu is one in every of France’s best-known actors overseas.
He gained acclaim in French-language movies corresponding to “The Last Metro” and “Jean de Florette,” however went on to carry out in a variety of English-language films, together with the romantic comedy “Green Card” and a movie model of “Hamlet”.
He is legendary for untiringly taking pictures movie after movie clocking up greater than 200 cinema or TV movies over greater than 50 years.
But over the course of his profession he has usually been embroiled in scandals which have hit the headlines, and thrown public tantrums.
His darkish aspect
He knocked a paparazzi unconscious in 2005, urinated within the cabin of a Paris-Dublin flight in 2011 and attacked a motorist in central Paris in 2012. The following yr he was fined for drink driving.
“The man is dark but the actor is huge,” actress Catherine Deneuve, who starred alongside Depardieu in The Last Metro, stated of him.
Depardieu introduced in late 2012 that he was “giving his passport back” to protest towards French tax charges, went into tax exile in Belgium and have become a citizen of Russia which he known as “a great democracy”, often praising Russian President Vladimir Putin.
After Paris prosecutors reopened the case introduced by the actress, an investigating Justice of the Peace questioned Depardieu on December 16 and, discovering “serious and corroborated evidence”, introduced the costs.
Police additionally proceeded to a confrontation between Depardieu and his alleged sufferer, a judicial supply stated.
Depardieu is the daddy of 4, together with the actor Guillaume Depardieu who died in 2008.
Besides his prolific appearing profession, he has additionally been a winemaker, restaurant proprietor and a singer.
Just over three years because the #MeToo motion broke taboos round rape the world over, France is seeing an outpouring of tales and a wide-ranging debate about intercourse, energy and consent.
Wave of allegations
Other massive names in cinema to be accused of sexual assault or rape embody director Luc Besson, whose movies embody “Nikita” and “The Fifth Element”.
Week after week new revelations have focused the wealthy and highly effective, with one of many nation’s best-known tv presenters, Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, turning into the newest to be accused of rape.
The French political institution has additionally been rocked by comparable accusations, together with towards present Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin.
And a former French authorities minister, Georges Tron, final week started serving three years in jail after a courtroom discovered him responsible of raping an worker throughout “foot massages” in his workplace and on the dwelling of his co-defendant.
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