French actor Gérard Depardieu, 72 years old, He was charged on December 16 for “rape” and “sexual assaults” that he committed in 2018 against a young actressa source close to the case revealed to the France Presse news agency on Tuesday, information confirmed by a judicial official.
Justice reopened in the summer of 2020 the investigation into these events, reported in 2018 and dismissed in the first instance. The applicant had reported to the police at the end of August 2018 that she had been raped twice at the star’s Parisian home.
During an interrogation carried out on December 16, the magistrate in charge of the case considered that there are “serious or coincidental indications” that the actor was able to commit the denounced acts and for this reason he was charged with “rape” and “sexual assaults.”
Contacted by AFP, the lawyer of Depardieu, Hervé Témime, “regretted that this information was made public.” The emblematic and controversial actor, who is at liberty without any type of judicial control, “totally rejects the acts of which he is accused,” said his lawyer.
The plaintiff, who is under 30 years old, accuses him of several rapes and sexual assaults that took place on August 7 and 13, 2018. After the Paris prosecutor’s office closed the investigation in June 2019, the actress had relaunched her complaint and an investigating judge reopened the investigation in August 2020.
According to a source close to the investigation, the actor is a friend of the victim’s family and in the past there was a fight between the two at a police station in the French capital. “There is nothing related to professional activity” in the case, said this source, despite the fact that the French press explained that the attacks occurred during a theatrical rehearsal.
The victim’s lawyer, Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon, asked that “her client’s privacy and private life be preserved.”
A star surrounded by controversy
After having become known in 1974 with Bertrand Blier’s “The Ball Breakers” and having won the César for best actor for his role in François Truffaut’s “The Last Subway” (1980), Depardieu was consecrated by his interpretations of emblematic characters of French literature such as Cyrano de Bergerac or Jean Valjean from “Les miserables”.
Father of four children, including actor Guillaume Depardieu died in 2008, he is one of the best known French actors in the world and was often involved in controversy.
Russian President Vladimir Putin granted him Russian nationality in early 2013, which Depardieu requested to evade taxes on the wealthiest in France, and in 2019 the actor converted to Orthodox Christianity.
In addition to his successful film career, he is also an entrepreneur in the food and wine industry and has had a modest career as a singer.
Following the emergence of #MeToo in 2017, several French film figures were accused of rape, including directors Christophe Ruggia and Luc Besson.
The imputation of the actor joins a long list of accusations recently launched against other personalities of the French cultural or intellectual scene, such as political scientist Olivier Duhamel, of whom the jurist Camille Kouchner revealed in a book that she abused her twin brother when he was 14 years old.
Or, among others, Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, former star presenter of the country’s highest-rated news program, who is being investigated by justice for alleged rape for events dating back to 2004 and 2009.