French actor Gerard Depardieu poses for a photograph. AFP
Gulf Today Report
French actor Gérard Depardieu has been charged with rape and sexual assault, claims a new report by the Agence France-Presse.
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 Depardieu was dropped in 2019 for lack of evidence.
But it was reopened last summer, leading to criminal charges being filed in December, the judicial source said.
The actress accuses Depardieu of having raped and assaulted her at his Parisian home on two separate occasions in August 2018.
Depardieu's lawyer Herve Temime said that the actor, who is free but under judicial supervision, "completely rejects the accusations."
According to a source close to the case, Depardieu is a friend of the actress's family.
Some reports have suggested that Depardieu and the actress were rehearsing a scene of a theatre play, but the source said "there was nothing professional about the encounter".
The woman's lawyer, Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon said that she hoped her client's "private sphere will be respected" as the case unfolds.
Besides long being a superstar in his home country, Depardieu is one of France's best-known actors abroad.
Depardieu is best known for his roles in Cyrano de Bergerac and The Last Metro. He has also appeared in American films including “Green Card,” “The Man in the Iron Mask” and “102.”
There was once a time, just two short years ago, before “Weinstein clauses” and “Weinstein taxes,” before “intimacy coordinators” and “disgrace insurance.”
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance told reporters afterward that the judge "sent a message today that this type behavior is something that any potential offender is going to have to consider. The judge took it seriously, which is exactly how we think he should have. And we're grateful."
Disgraced Hollywood star Kevin Spacey has opened about how sexual assault allegations meant "my job, many of my relationships were all gone in a matter of hours".
A court ruled the father had sexually abused his child from around the age 13 to 19 and even acknowledged he was violent when she resisted, but he was acquitted because the law requires prosecutors to prove there was overwhelming force, a threat, or that the victim was completely incapacitated.
"Bigg Boss 14" sensation Jasmin Bhasin recently shot for the music video of the independent track "Pani di gal" with Punjabi singer Maninder Buttar. Fans and followers love the video that she features in and have watched it thousands of times.
Actor Kabir Bedi announced on Saturday that actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas would launch his autobiography "Stories I Must Tell: The Emotional Life Of An actor" on April 19.
Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam feels the religious gathering shouldn't have been permitted to happen amid the pandemic.