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French actor Gérard Depardieu charged with rape and sexual assault

The famous french actor was charged of rape, after an incident with an unnamed actress in which she accused him of assaulting her during a private rehearsal

By Miguel Robles

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Gérard Depardieu (AP)

After a couple of years of being accused of raping and sexually assaulting a then-22-year-old woman at his home in Paris, back in 2018, french actor Gérard Depardieu has been charged with rape and sexual assault. This, according to a report from the Agence France-Presse. The indictment against Depardieu, who is 72 years old, was filed in December, but it wasn't until Tuesday, February 23rd, when the French justice system confirmed the charges.

According to the actress, who filed a suit against the actor, she and Depardieu were rehearsing a scene for a play when the alleged incident happened. However, there was another source who revealed to AFP that “there was nothing professional about the encounter”.

Even though Herve Temime, the lawyer for Depardieu, has asserted that the actor “completely rejects the accusations”, Depardieu is currently free but under judicial supervision. Whilst Temime hasn't appeared yet to make comments on the case. On the other hand, Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon, the laywer for the accuser, didn't disclose her client's name, and went on to say that she wished her client's “private sphere will be respected” as the investigation is carried out.

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According to Deadline, an investigation into these accusations against Depardieu had been previously opened; however, they were dropped back in 2019 due to a lack of evidence. The case was re-opened in October, after the accuser decided to re-file her complaint.

Gérard Depardieu is one of France's most famous actors, throughout his career, he has received 17 César Award nominations, winning two times for his works La Dernier Metro (1981) and for Cyrano de Bergerac (1991). Depardieu is recognized for making a leap into Hollywood, not only by earning an Academy Award nomination for Cyrano de Bergerac, but he also appeared in major productions such as 1492: Conquest of Paradise, The Man in the Iron Mask, and Life of Pi.

Nonetheless, Gérard Depardieu's career has been surrounded by controversy. Back in 2011 the actor made the headlines after he was caught while urinating in a bottle on a flight. The incident was attributed to urinary incontinence, caused by a prostate problem with the flight attendant not allowing him to get up from his seat to go to the toilet because the aircraft was already moving. And, a year after this unfortunate event, Gérard Depardieu was at the center of the tabloids again, after being accused of punching a motorist in a road rage incident, as well as drunk driving.

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