The movie star was not arrested when he received the preliminary charges on December 16.
The Paris prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday that French actor Gérard Depardieu was charged last December with rape and sexual assault after authorities relaunched a 2018 investigation that was initially dropped.
The office told the Associated Press news agency that the French actor was not arrested when he received the preliminary charges on December 16.
The Paris prosecutor’s office looked into the accusations after the case was leaked to the French media.
French media said the charges relate to allegations made by an actress in her twenties dating back to 2018. An initial investigation against the star was dropped in 2019 due to lack of evidence, but was subsequently revived.
French newspaper Le Parisien and BFM TV said the actress and dancer alleged that Depardieu assaulted her on August 7 and 13, 2018 at her home in Paris. The two met when Depardieu led a master class at his school, BFM TV reported.
The actress, who has not been named, first filed a complaint with details of allegations of rape and assault in August 2018 in the city of Aix-en-Provence, in the south of France. The investigation was taken up by Parisian investigators, but was quickly abandoned.
Depardieu’s lawyer Hervé Temime was not immediately available for comment, but he previously said the actor “absolutely denies any rape, any sexual assault, any crime.”
A long career
Depardieu is one of the best known and most controversial stars in France.
He has appeared in 200 films over six decades and is one of the few French actors who have made a name for themselves in Hollywood. He won a Golden Globe for his performance in Green Card, a 1990 English-language romantic comedy starring Andie MacDowell.
His first big success in France was Les Valseuses, (Going Places), Bertrand Blier’s classic farce about two wandering thugs.
Before crossing the Atlantic to star in Green Card, Depardieu played a range of roles ranging from Jean Valjean, the thief turned saint in Les Misérables, to Christopher Columbus.
In 2014, he starred in Welcome to New York, the film based on the life of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former director of the International Monetary Fund who was accused in 2011 of sexually assaulting a maid. hotel.