Gérard Depardieu investigated for rape and sexual assault

The famous French actor Gérard Depardieu, 72, is under investigation for “rape” e “sexual violence“Against a young actress. The alleged crimes date back to August 2018 and, according to what the French press reports, citing judicial sources, they were committed in the actor’s Parisian home. The alleged victim, who remained anonymous (The Parisian at the time defined as “a young 20-year-old comedian and dancer”), she got the last summer reopening of the investigation, which was initially archived.

According to Bfm TV, the two met when Depardieu held a master-class in his school, a circumstance that would have led them to meet “for informal repetitions for a play”, as reported The Parisian. The complaint was a few days after the alleged violence which, according to the actress, took place on 7 and 13 August 2018.

The actress filed a complaint for the first time with the details of the alleged rape in August 2018 in the city of Aix-en-Provence: taken in charge by investigators in Paris, the investigation was, however, filed in 2019 for lack of evidence. The authorities have, after a year, reassessed e the case reopened in the summer of 2020, leading the authorities to formally denounce Depardieu. The news was announced today by Agence France-Presse, which cited judicial sources explaining that the indictment dates back to two months ago.

The actor’s lawyer, Hervè Temime, contacted by France Press, deplored the leak and stated that his client “totally disputes the facts of which he is accused”. According to a well-informed source, Depardieu is, in fact, a friend of the woman’s family, with whom he had no professional relationship. From the beginning of the investigation, the actor has always been found innocent.

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