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French actor Gerard Depardieu charged with rape

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Agence France-Presse

Paris, France  /  Wed, February 24, 2021  /  02:32 am
French actor Gerard Depardieu charged with rape

In this file photo taken on June 25, 2018, French actor Gerard Depardieu waves as he arrives at the Town Hall in Brussels for a ceremony as part of the 'Brussels International Film Festival' (Briff). According to judicial source on August 30, 2018, French actor Gerard Depardieu faces probe over alleged rape and sex assaults. (BELGA/AFP/Thierry Roge)

French actor Gerard Depardieu has been charged with rape and sexual assault allegedly committed in 2018 against an actress in her 20s, a judicial source told AFP on Tuesday.

An initial investigation into the rape accusations against Depardieu, 72, was dropped in 2019 for lack of evidence but reopened last summer, leading to criminal charges filed in December, the source said.

The actress accuses Depardieu of having raped and assaulted her at his Parisian home in August 2018.

Depardieu's lawyer, Herve Temime, told AFP that the actor, who is free but under judicial supervision, "completely rejects the accusations".

According to a source close to the case, Depardieu is a friend of the actress's family.

Some reports have suggested Depardieu and the actress were rehearsing a scene of a theatre play, but the source said "there was nothing professional about the encounter".

The woman's lawyer, Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon, told AFP that she hoped her client's "private sphere will be respected" as the case unfolds.

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