Depardieu to be tried for alleged sexual assault in October

Movie star Gerard Depardieu might be tried in October for alleged sexual assaults in opposition to two ladies in 2021, the Paris prosecutor stated Monday.

The announcement got here after police questioned the 75-year-old for a lot of the day. His lawyer Christian Saint-Palais advised reporters that the actor had been launched with out cost.

The public prosecutor stated in an announcement the actor would face trial over the assaults allegedly dedicated in September 2021 on the set of the movie “The Green Shutters.”

Depardieu has constantly denied any wrongdoing.

Cinema mainstay, no stranger to controversy

Depardieu has confronted a number of sexual misconduct allegations in recent times and is topic to an ongoing rape investigation the place he proclaims his innocence, with these expenses first made in 2020. 

He’s stated his therapy in home media in recent times amounted to a “lynching,” and has additionally discovered some help for this stance in France

Depardieu, 75, is probably essentially the most recognizable male face of his technology in French cinema. Some of his most well-known roles embrace taking part in Asterix’s cumbersome sidekick Obelix, “Jean de Florette” in a French cinema basic double header, and Cyrano de Bergerac, a 1991 function for which he was even nominated for the Best Actor Oscar regardless of it being in a language apart from English.

He’s additionally been no stranger to controversy in recent times. 

Just over a decade in the past, complaining amongst different issues about tax charges for prime earners being launched by then-President Francois Hollande, Depardieu obtained Russian citizenship. 

In 2015, his feedback on Russia’s annexation of Crimea led to Ukraine’s authorities blacklisting him. 

And in December, feedback he’d made about ladies throughout a 2018 go to to North Korea deemed vulgar by some got here to mild and prompted renewed public scrutiny. 

msh/nm (AFP, AP, dpa, Reuters)