French actor Gerard Depardieu is charged with rape
French actor Gerard Depardieu has been charged with rape and sexual assault allegedly committed in 2018 against an actress in her 20s.
A first probe of the rape accusations against Depardieu, 72, was dropped for lack of evidence but later reopened, leading to criminal charges filed in December, a judicial source told AFP on Tuesday.
The French actor was initially accused of assaulting and raping an actress in her 20s at his Paris home in August 2018.
A probe into the allegations was dropped in 2019 but the actress subsequently relaunched proceedings, Paris prosecutors said last year.
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, said that she hoped her client's 'private sphere will be respected' as the case unfolds. …
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