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Gerard Depardieu Denies Rape Allegations

Gerard Depardieu is speaking out against recent accusations of rape and sexual assault.

The 72-year-old French actor denied that he had raped a young actress at his home in an interview with La Repubblica, according to a report from People.

“I am innocent and I have nothing to fear,” Gerard said. “For me the investigation was closed, I am innocent and I have nothing to fear.”

He continued, “There is no proof, there is nothing against me.”

“I can only refute in very clear terms all the accusations, as I have already done before to the investigators,” the Life of Pi actor said. He also added that he would be appearing in court on March 10.

Gerard was originally accused in 2018 but the case was closed due to lack of evidence. It was reopened in 2020 and Gerard was formally charged in December.

He added that he was “very puzzled about the decision to reopen the investigation.”

“I find the media coverage of the case terrible. We live in an era dominated by a continuous and ruthless flow of information,” Gerard said. “With all these streaming channels, the new means of communication, the websites, the social networks, it is as if we are living with a headset that constantly transmits negative and often false and biased news.”

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French Actor Gerard Depardieu Charged With Rape & Sexual Assault

Gerard Depardieu has been charged with rape and sexual assault.

The 72-year-old Cyrano de Bergerac actor was charged for the acts allegedly committed in 2018 against an actress in her 20s, Daily Mail reported Tuesday (February 23).

“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 outlet reported.

His lawyer, Herve Temime, told AFP that the actor “completely rejects the accusations.” He is reportedly a friend of the actress’s family.

Her lawyer, Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon, said she hopes her client’s “private sphere will be respected.”

The preliminary investigation began in August of 2018 after the young woman filed a complaint against the star, claiming he sexually assaulted and raped her at his home in Paris, France. It was dropped after nine months in early 2019, when investigators failed to gather proof to proceed. She then relaunched proceedings by acting as an “injured party,” which under French law almost always leads to a case being examined by an investigating magistrate, according to Daily Mail.

“I regret the public nature of this process which poses a major prejudice to Gerard Depardieu, whose innocence I am convinced will be recognized,” his lawyer told AFP back in 2018.

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Gerard Depardieu Accused of Rape, His Lawyer Denies Allegation

French actor Gérard Depardieu has been accused of rape by a 22-year-old actress.

The unidentified female says that the 69-year-old French actor sexually assaulted and raped her this past month at his home in Paris, France.

“I regret the public nature of this process which poses a major prejudice to Gerard Depardieu, whose innocence I am convinced will be recognized,” his lawyer Herve Termime told AFP.

Gerard was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor back in 1991 for his work in Cyrano de Bergerac.

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