Film star charged with rape

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 25 Feb 2021

French film giant Gerard Depardieu has been charged with rape and sexual assault, a judicial source said.

Depardieu, one of the most famous actors of his generation, is accused of assaulting and raping an actress in her 20s in 2018.

An initial investigation into the rape accusations against the 72-year old was dropped in 2019 for lack of evidence.

But it was reopened last summer, leading to criminal charges being filed in December, the source said.

The actress accuses Depardieu - the star of movies such as Green Card and the film version of Hamlet - of raping and assaulting her at his Parisian home on two occasions in August 2018.

Depardieu's lawyer said that the actor "completely rejects the accusations."

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