Gérard Depardieu was accused three years ago of raping a young actress while the two were rehearsing a play in his Paris apartment, according to a report on Tuesday.
The 72-year-old French actor became a French actor in December charged in connection with the attack, which allegedly took place in 2018 when the victim was 22 years old, a court source told Agence France-Presse.
The Paris prosecutor opened an investigation into the allegations of the unidentified French actress in August 2018 a.
It reopened late last year after the woman re-filed her complaint, the Guardian reported.
The alleged attack reportedly occurred while the two were rehearsing a scene from a play – but the source told AFP that « the encounter was not professional ».
Depardieu, who was in 1991 for his role in « Cyrano de Bergerac « received an Oscar nomination, has denied the allegations.
His attorney, Herve Temime, said the actor would remain free but under judicial supervision – and » completely deny the allegations « .
Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon, who is representing the alleged victim, hopes that the « privacy of her client will be respected during the course of the criminal proceedings ».
Depardieu, who has both French and Russian citizenship, is one of France’s most famous stars, but also enjoys fame in the USA for his roles in « Green Card » and « The Man in the Iron Mask ».
He won the Golden Globe for best actor with « Green Card », a romantic comedy from the year 1990, which also starred Andie MacDowell.
Depardieu has a larger-than-life personality and is known for his violent controversy, including 2013 when he convicted his home country for the proposed millionaire tax.
In 2011 did he made headlines about urinating in front of passengers on an airplane when the flight crew refused to let him go to the bathroom.
Before their divorce in 1996, Depardieu was married to French actress Elisabeth Guignot for 25 years. He was also associated with actress Carole Bouquet and most recently with writer Clémentine Igou.
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