French actor Gerard Depardieu charged with rape, outdated case revived

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Film star was not detained when he was handed the preliminary expenses on December 16.

The Paris prosecutor’s workplace mentioned on Tuesday that French actor Gerard Depardieu was charged final December with rape and sexual assault after authorities revived a 2018 investigation that was initially dropped.

The workplace advised the Associated Press information company that the French actor was not detained when he was handed the preliminary expenses on December 16.

The Paris prosecutor’s workplace addressed the fees after the case was leaked to French media.

French media studies mentioned the fees relate to allegations made by an actress in her 20s that date again to 2018. An preliminary inquiry towards the star was dropped in 2019 due to lack of proof, however was later revived.

French newspaper Le Parisien and BFM TV mentioned the actress and dancer alleged that Depardieu assaulted her on August 7 and August 13, 2018 at his home in Paris. The two met when Depardieu led a grasp class at her faculty, BFM TV reported.

The actress, who has not been named, first filed a criticism with particulars of alleged rape and assault in August 2018 within the southern French metropolis of Aix-en-Provence. The probe was taken over by Paris investigators, however was quickly dropped.

Depardieu’s lawyer Herve Temime was not instantly obtainable for remark, however he has beforehand mentioned that the actor “absolutely denies any rape, any sexual assault, any crime”.

A protracted profession

Depardieu is amongst France’s most well-known and controversial stars.

He has appeared in 200 movies over six many years and is amongst a couple of French actors who’ve made a reputation for themselves in Hollywood. He gained a Golden Globe for his efficiency in Green Card, a 1990 English-language romantic comedy co-starring Andie MacDowell.

His first huge hit in France was Les Valseuses, (Going Places), Bertrand Blier’s basic farce about two wandering thugs.

Before crossing the Atlantic to star in Green Card, Depardieu performed an array of roles starting from Jean Valjean, the thief-turned-saint in Les Miserables, to Christopher Columbus.

In 2014, he performed the main position in Welcome to New York, the movie impressed by the lifetime of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the previous director of the International Monetary Fund who was accused in 2011 of sexually assaulting a lodge maid.