Gerard Depardieu: French actor accused of rape and sexual assault after dropping out of investigation | World news

French actor Gerard Depardieu has been charged with rape and sexual assault after authorities renewed a 2018 investigation that was suspended, the Paris prosecutor’s office said.

The office said Depardieu was not detained when he was handed preliminary charges on December 16 last year.

The Paris prosecutor’s office addressed the accusations after the case leaked to the French media.

Reports in the country say the allegations relate to allegations by the actress in her twenties dating back to 2018.

The initial investigation against the movie star was terminated in 2019 due to lack of evidence, but was later resumed.

The French newspaper Le Parisien and BFM TV said that the actress and dancer allegedly attacked Depardieu in August 2018 in her Paris home.

The actress, who has not been named, first filed a complaint with details of the alleged rape and attack in August 2018 in the southern French city of Aix-en-Provence.

The probe was taken over by Paris investigators, but was soon abandoned.

Depardieu’s lawyer, Herve Temime, was not immediately available for comment, but he said earlier that the actor “absolutely denies any rape, any sexual assault, any crime.”

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Depardieu is one of the few French actors to have achieved success in Hollywood

Depardieu is among the most famous French stars.

He has appeared in 200 films over six decades and is among several 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.

His first big hit in France was Les Valseuses (Going Places), a classic farce by Bertrand Blier about two wandering thugs.

Before crossing the Atlantic, Depardieu played a number of roles, from Jean Valjean, a thief who turned into Les Miserables, to Christopher Columbus.

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