Academy Award-nominated French actor Gérard Depardieu is facing allegations made by an actress. Depardieu has been accused of rape and sexual assault. The actor, known for films like Green Card and Cyrano de Bergerac, denies the allegations “absolutely.”
According to Le Parisien, the allegations come from a 22-year old French actress. The Hollywood Reporter has also cited a Dutch news agency that reports the woman stated she was raped on two separate occasions by Depardieu, who was apparently giving her “professional advice.” Le Parisien maintains that the assaults happened, at Depardieu’s home on August 7th and 13th of this year.
Hervé Temime, a lawyer representing the actor, is insistent of Depardieu’s innocence. Speaking to France Info radio he said, “I had a long meeting with Gérard Depardieu and I am absolutely convinced his innocence will be established.”
Temime also said that Depardieu was “shaken” by the “groundless” accusations. The lawyer declined to say if Depardieu was in France on Thursday or to give details on the actor’s connection to the woman, who was identified by the media as a comedian and dancer. “He will obviously participate in the investigation and answer the questions,” Temime said.
Depardieu has appeared in roughly 170 films over five decades. In 1990, he received his first Academy Award nomination for Cyrano de Bergerac and was awarded a Golden Globe for Green Card. His other notable film roles include Life of Pi, The Last Metro, Jean de Florette,1492: and Conquest of Paradise.
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