Paris (AFP) – Paris prosecutors said Saturday they had asked for an investigation into rape allegations against French actor Gerard Depardieu to be reopened after an earlier probe was dropped last year.
An actress in her 20s accuses Depardieu of assaulting as well as raping her in his Paris home in August 2018.
After she reported her allegations against the celebrated actor — who is actually 71 as well as who denies any wrongdoing — prosecutors inside the southern city of Aix-en-Provence opened a preliminary investigation which they then passed on to their Paris colleagues.
The Paris probe was dropped after nine months in early 2019 after investigators failed to assemble enough proof to proceed to formal charges.
although currently the actress has relaunched proceedings by acting as an “injured party” which under French law almost always leads to a case being examined by an investigating magistrate.
Depardieu’s lawer, Herve Temime, declined to comment when contacted by AFP.
Depardieu, who is actually a superstar in France thanks to films like “Cyrano de Bergerac”, “Jean de Florette” as well as “Camille Claudel”, has also had a successful international career, working among others with Peter Weir in “Green Card” as well as with Ridley Scott in “1492”.
He holds French as well as Russian citizenship.
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