French actor Gérard Depardieu has been positioned underneath formal investigation for rape and sexual assault allegedly dedicated in 2018, a judicial supply instructed AFP on Tuesday. French day by day Le Monde additionally cited an unnamed judicial supply confirming AFP’s account.
An preliminary investigation into the rape accusations in opposition to Depardieu, 72, was dropped in 2019 for lack of evidence however reopened final summer season, resulting in a formal investigation filed on December 16, the supply mentioned.
The alleged sufferer is an actress in her 20s. She accuses Depardieu of getting raped and assaulted her at his Parisian house in August 2018. Depardieu is a household buddy, a supply near the case instructed AFP.
The lady’s lawyer, Élodie Tuaillon-Hibon, mentioned she hoped her shopper’s “non-public life will likely be revered” because the case unfolds.
Depardieu’s lawyer, Hervé Temime, instructed AFP that he “fully rejects the accusations” and stays free however underneath judicial supervision.
Depardieu misplaced out on an Oscar in 1991 for his efficiency in “Cyrano de Bergerac” after an outcry over an interview with Time journal during which he claimed he had witnessed many rapes throughout his dirt-poor childhood.
“I say a number of silly issues,” the actor later mentioned, attempting to restrict the injury.
A mistranslation of certainly one of his quotes additionally wrongly recommended that he took half in a rape when he was solely 9.
In 2005 whereas out buying with a younger lady in Florence, Depardieu received into bother for headbutting a journalist taking images of the couple. Dario Orlandi mentioned the actor had beckoned him over earlier than butting him within the face.
The actor skipped a court docket listening to however was discovered responsible and fined €800.
Depardieu made world headlines in 2011 when, on a flight from Dublin to Paris, a flight attendant barred him entry to the bathroom throughout take-off. Apparently unable to restrain himself, he urinated into an empty bottle within the aisle, inflicting a spillage on the carpet when the bottle overflowed.
Take-off was halted and Depardieu was escorted off the aircraft. “I am not a monster,” he later instructed a US speak present. “I am only a man who desires to pee.”
The actor sparked outcry a pair years later by taking Russian nationality in 2013 in protest at a proposed French tax on the wealthy.
President Vladimir Putin handled him to dinner to current him along with his new citizenship and Depardieu was gushing in his reward of the Russian chief. “The Russian nation wants an individual identical to this – with a Russian mood. Putin is attempting to return a little bit of dignity to the folks.”
(FRANCE 24 with AFP)