Gérard Depardieu indicted in December 2020 for rape

Gérard Depardieu, monument of French cinema, was indicted on December 16 for “rape” and “sexual assault”, which he allegedly committed in the summer of 2018 on a young actress, AFP learned on Tuesday February 23 from source close to the case, confirmed by a judicial source.

The actor’s lawyer, Me Hervé Témime, contacted by AFP, “ regretted that this information is made public “. Gérard Depardieu, 72, who was left free without judicial review, ” totally disputes the facts with which he is accused », Indicated his lawyer.

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The complainant, a young actress in her twenties, had initially filed a complaint by going to the Lambesc (Bouches-du-Rhône) gendarmerie at the end of August 2018. On the report, she accused the actor of two rapes and sexual assaults which allegedly took place at the star’s Parisian home, a private mansion in the VIe arrondissement, on August 7 and 13, 2018. In the summer of 2020, via a complaint with civil party, the investigation, first closed by the Paris prosecutor’s office, be entrusted to an investigating judge .

A confrontation has already taken place

According to a source familiar with the matter, the actor is a friend of the victim’s family. ” There was absolutely nothing professional about it », Said this source, while the press had mentioned a theater rehearsal. The legal proceedings opened in Aix-en-Provence against the French actor, also a Russian citizen since 2013, had been repatriated to Paris.

On June 4, 2019, the public prosecutor had however closed his nine months of preliminary investigation by explaining that ” the many investigations carried out ” had ” not allowed to characterize the offenses denounced in all their constituent elements “.

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A confrontation between the actor and the young actress, never heard of so far, had notably taken place in the premises of the Paris judicial police, a source close to the file told AFP. Contacted by AFP, the lawyer for the complainant, Me Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon, asked that ” the privacy and privacy of (his) client are preserved “.


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