Published: Fri, August 31, 2018
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Gérard Depardieu accused of raping young actress

Gérard Depardieu accused of raping young actress

Depardieu, one of France's best-known film actors, was given Russian citizenship in 2013 by the president, Vladimir Putin, after publicly criticising France's high taxes and taking up residence overseas.

According to a French media report, the allegations come from a 22-year old French actress.

"I regret the public nature of this process which poses a major prejudice to Gerard Depardieu, whose innocence I am convinced will be recognised", his lawyer Herve Termime added, calling for restraint on all sides.

French actor Gerard Depardieu was accused of sexual harassment and rape by an actress in her 20s.

According to the BBC, the unnamed actress initially made a statement to police in Lambesc, southern France, and the case was then passed to prosecutors in Paris.

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Richards, wrote in a court filing that his client was in the country legally, adding that his employer had verified his status. Rivera's employers, though, said he had used false documents to apply for his job almost four years ago.

"He will obviously participate in the investigation and answer the questions", Temime said.

In the French judicial system, Depardieu would be placed under formal investigation if officials find grounds for pursuing the matter further. Another woman, a 49-year-old casting director, said he assaulted her whenever they were in an elevator together.

"Rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even persistently or cack-handedly, is not - nor is being gentlemanly a macho attack", the letter reads.

Depardieu, 69, is one of France's global film icons and an Oscar-nominee for his role in 1990's Cryano de Bergrac.

Gerard is known for his performances in films like The Last Metro, Police, Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet and more recently, Ang Lee's Life Of Pi in 2012.

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