Actor Gérard Depardieu accused of rape

Film star Gerard Depardieu denies claims he assaulted & raped 22yo actress
Gerard Depardieu at the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin Germany Februaryб 2016
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31 August, 2018

Prosecutors in Paris have opened a preliminary investigation of a woman's rape and sexual assault accusations against actor Gerard Depardieu.

Argento has denied claims she slept with a 17-year-old co-star in a California hotel room in 2013.

French media said the complaint had been lodged by a 22-year-old French actress.

According to the BBC, the unnamed actress initially made a statement to police in Lambesc, southern France, and the case was then passed to prosecutors in Paris.

Depardieu, he added, was "shaken" by the allegations.

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The actress was "devastated" by the alleged attack, her agent said to BFM-TV.

Besson's lawyer called the second allegation "fantasist accusations" and said the director denied any "inappropriate or reprehensible behavior". He has agreed to cooperate with the investigation, according to his lawyer.

This is a huge scandal considering Gerard Depardieu is one of the most well-known actors in France and is also highly-acclaimed internationally. It accused the actor of sexual abuse on two occasions, August 6 and August 13, Le Parisien reported.

Able to combine bearish physicality with emotional delicacy on screen, he has played in some 170 films, getting his big break in 1973 with Les Valseuses (Going Places).

Off-screen, he made headlines in recent years for attacking French tax laws, moving to Belgium in protest and later developing close ties to Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation.


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