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Crime Actor Gérard Depardieu under investigation for alleged rape and sexual assault

01:06  24 february  2021
01:06  24 february  2021 Source:   cnn.com

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Gérard Depardieu is under formal investigation in France for alleged rape and sexual assault , judicial sources have confirmed to CNN. The movie star has been under investigation since December last year, they said.

The French actor Gérard Depardieu has been charged with rape and sexual assault , allegedly committed in 2018 against an actor in her 20s, a judicial source told AFP on Tuesday. An initial investigation into the rape accusations against Depardieu , 72, was dropped in 2019 Depardieu ’s lawyer, Hervé Temime, told AFP that Depardieu , who is free but under judicial supervision, “completely rejects the accusations”. According to a source close to the case, Depardieu is a friend of the woman’s family. Some reports have suggested Depardieu and the actor were rehearsing a scene of a theatre

Gérard Depardieu is under formal investigation in France for alleged rape and sexual assault, judicial sources have confirmed to CNN. The movie star has been under investigation since December last year, they said.

Gerard Depardieu wearing a neck tie: French actor Gerard Depardieu waves as he arrives at the Town Hall in Brussels for a ceremony as part of the 'Brussels International Film Festival' (Briff) on June 25, 2018. (Photo by THIERRY ROGE / BELGA / AFP) / Belgium OUT © THIERRY ROGE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images French actor Gerard Depardieu waves as he arrives at the Town Hall in Brussels for a ceremony as part of the 'Brussels International Film Festival' (Briff) on June 25, 2018. (Photo by THIERRY ROGE / BELGA / AFP) / Belgium OUT

The complainant is a young actress who accused the actor of several rapes and sexual assaults in the summer of 2018, the sources added.

Depardieu's lawyer, Hervé Temime, told CNN the actor disputes the allegations of wrongdoing and reminds of the presumption of innocence and that this case was initially dropped last June. The case was recently reopened by the judiciary.

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French actor Gérard Depardieu has been accused of rape and sexual assault by a young actress, judicial sources say. He denies the allegations "absolutely", his lawyer told AFP news agency. The allegations against the 69-year-old were formally made to police by a 22-year-old French actress on The actress was "devastated" by the alleged attacks, her agent was quoted as saying by French digital news service BFMTV. Mr Depardieu 's lawyer, Hervé Temime, said he was convinced his client would be exonerated of any blame by the end of the investigation . "I had a long meeting with Gérard

French actor Gérard Depardieu has been formally placed under investigation over accusations that he raped an actress at his home three years ago. The woman accuses him of raping and assaulting her in Paris in August 2018. His lawyer told French news agency AFP that Mr Depardieu "totally dispute[d]" the allegation , and the investigation should not have been made public. The arts world in France has been shaken by a series of accusations of sexual abuse against leading figures. Mr Depardieu , 73, is one of the country's most famous actors , known for films including Jean de Florette

In 2018, the French actor was accused of rape and sexual assault by a 22-year-old woman, prompting a "preliminary investigation" according to the Paris public prosecutor's office.

In the French judicial system, formal investigation ensues if officials find grounds for pursuing the matter further.

Temime said in 2018 when Depardieu was first accused that his client was "shocked" by the accusation and "totally denies any assault, any rape and any criminal act."

He added then, "I have strong elements to show that no offense took place," and that the offense was "the opposite" of Depardieu's personality.

The complaint was filed on August 27 and went to the Paris prosecutor on August 29.

"I regret that this investigation was not kept secret as usual," Temime added.

Also in 2018, Temime confirmed that Depardieu knows the woman who accused him, but denied he was with her during the dates mentioned in the complaint.

Depardieu is known for his roles in films like "Green Card," "The Man in the Iron Mask" and "Life of Pi." He was also nominated for an Oscar in 1991 for his leading role in "Cyrano de Bergerac."

He was granted Russian citizenship by Vladimir Putin after saying he was going to give up his French passport in protest at government plans for a tax hike on the richest.

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