24 February 2021 / 9:17 a.m.
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Paris – Paris prosecutors said Tuesday that French actor Gerard Depardieu was charged with rape and sexual assault in December after authorities reopened a 2018 investigation that had initially been closed, the office said The Associated Press said Depardieu was not arrested when he met him on Jan. December the preliminary charges were handed over

Prosecutors turned to the indictment after the case was leaked to the French media, French media reports said the charges relate to allegations made by an actress in her twenties that date back to 2018 and became an initial investigation against the star Discontinued in 2019 for lack of evidence but later revived French newspaper Le Parisien and broadcaster BFM TV said the woman claimed Depardieu had her on Jan. and 13 Attacked at his home in Paris on August 8, 2018.The two met when Depardieu was leading a master class at their school, reported BFM TV.The unnamed actress first filed a complaint with details of alleged rape in August 2018 in the southern French city of Aix-en-Provence and assault a probe was taken over by Paris investigators but soon dropped Depardieu’s lawyer Hervé Temime wasn’t immediately available for comment, but he has previously said that the actor “absolutely denies any rape, sexual assault, crime,” Depardieu , 72, is one of the most famous and controversial stars in France

He has appeared in 200 films in six decades and is one of the few French actors to make a name for himself in Hollywood. He won a Golden Globe for his appearance in Green Card, an English-language romantic comedy from 1990 with Andie MacDowell

His first big hit in France was “Les Valseuses” (“Going Places”), Bertrand Blier’s classic farce about two wandering thugs. Before Depardieu crossed the Atlantic to play in “Green Card”, he played a number of roles , from Jean Valjean, the thief who became a saint in “Les Miserables”, to Christopher Columbus in 2014, he starred in “Welcome to New York”, the film inspired by the life of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former director of the International Monetary Fund accused of sexually assaulting a hotel girl in 2011

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