Crime

Oscar Nominated Actor Charged With Rape, Sexual Assault

Oscar-nominated French actor Gérard Depardieu, 72, has been charged with the rape and sexual assault of a young actress.

The alleged attack occurred in his Paris apartment in 2018 when the two were rehearsing a scene from a play.

The Paris public prosecutor’s office launched an investigation in August 2018, but the case was dropped for lack of evidence.

According to the Guardian, a judicial source told Agence France-Presse that the case was reopened last summer after the unnamed French actress refiled her claim. Criminal charges were filed against Depardieu in December due to “serious and corroborated evidence.”

Depardieu has denied the allegations. His lawyer, Hervé Temime, said the actor remains free but under judicial supervision and “completely rejects the accusations.”

In 1991, Time magazine published an interview with Depardieu. When asked about a story he once told that he had participated in a rape at the age of nine, he answered “Yes.”

When asked if there were “many rapes” after that, he said: “Yes, but it was absolutely normal in those circumstances. That was part of my childhood.”

Depardieu later denied the remarks published in Time, saying that it was misinterpreted when translated to English, as the Time interview was conducted in French.

Depardieu has starred in more than 200 movies over 50 years. He was nominated for an Academy Award for playing the title role in Cyrano De Bergerac, and won a Golden Globe for his performance in the 1990 comedy Green Card, co-starring Andie MacDowell. Actress Catherine Deneuve, who starred alongside Depardieu in The Last Metro in 1980, said “The man is dark but the actor is huge.”

Over the years, Depardieu has made headlines after being involved in several indecent behaviors. In 2011, he urinated in the aisle of a Paris-Dublin flight. Depardieu appeared to be drunk and was told to remain in his seat as the plane was about to take off. He then stood up and urinated on the floor. In 2012, he was was detained by Paris police after driving his scooter while drunk.

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  1. In the very near future, there will be so many shocked about who will be exposed for crimes even worse than this. I’m wondering, why we people think what we see in actors or people in public positions, are truly what they act to be. Might be because it’s nice to feel all warm and cozy inside and everyone is nice and warm and cozy too. Darn, I hate getting old and awoke. God help us all.

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