Oscar-Nominated Gérard Depardieu Charged In Disturbing Case

 

Oscar-Nominated Gérard Depardieu Charged In Disturbing Case

2021/02/23

Gérard Depardieu has been charged with raping a young actress three years ago as the two rehearsed the scene of a play in his Paris apartment, according to a report Tuesday.





The 72-year-old French actor was indicted in December in connection with the assault, which allegedly occurred in 2018 when the victim was 22, a judicial source told Agence France-Presse.





The Paris public prosecutor’s office launched an investigation into the unidentified French actress’ claims in August 2018.





But after nine months, the case was dropped for lack of evidence.





It was reopened late last year after the woman re-filed her complaint, the Guardian reported.




French actor Gerard Depardieu has been charged in a 2018 rape of a 22-year-old woman.
French actor Gerard Depardieu has been charged in a 2018 rape of a 22-year-old woman.THIERRY ROGE/AFP via Getty Images



A source told AFP that the French superstar is a friend of the woman’s family.





The alleged attack reportedly occurred as the two were rehearsing a scene of a play — but the source told AFP that “there was nothing professional about the encounter.”





Depardieu, who earned an Oscar nomination in 1991 for his role in “Cyrano de Bergerac,” has denied the allegations.





His lawyer, Herve Temime, said the actor remains free but under judicial supervision — and “completely rejects the accusations.”





Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon, who represents the alleged victim, said she hopes her client’s “private sphere will be respected” as the criminal case unfolds.





Depardieu in “Cyrano de Bergerac.
Depardieu earned an Oscar nomination in 1991 for his role in “Cyrano de Bergerac.”
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Depardieu, who holds both French and Russian citizenship, is one of France’s most recognizable stars but also enjoys fame in the US from his roles in “Green Card” and “The Man in the Iron Mask.”





He won the Golden Globe for best actor with “Green Card,” a romantic comedy from 1990 that also starred Andie MacDowell.





Described as having a larger-than-life personality, Depardieu is known for stirring controversy, including in 2013, when he decried his native country for its proposed tax on millionaires.





That prompted him to seek citizenship in Russia, which was granted.





In 2011, he made headlines for urinating in front of passengers on a plane when the flight crew refused to let him use the bathroom.





Depardieu was married to fellow French actress Elisabeth Guignot for 25 years before their divorce in 1996. He’s also been linked to actress Carole Bouquet and, most recently, novelist Clémentine Igou.





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