Monday, March 1

Gérard Depardieu indicted for “rapes”: what we know

Gérard Depardieu, monument of French cinema of 72 years, was indicted on December 16 for “rape” and “sexual assault” on a young actress, AFP learned Tuesday from a source close to the case, confirmed by a judicial source Facts disputed by the actor, left free without judicial control. His lawyer, Me Hervé Témime, “deplored that this information was made public”.

The young actress in her twenties had initially filed a complaint by going to the gendarmerie in Lambesc (Bouches-du-Rhône) at the end of August 2018. On the report, she accused the actor of two rapes and sexual assaults which would have taken place at the star’s Parisian home, a private mansion in the 6th arrondissement, on August 7 and 13, 2018.

According to a source close to the case, Gérard Depardieu is a friend of the victim’s family. “There was absolutely nothing professional about it,” said this source, while the press had mentioned a theater rehearsal.

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  • An investigation closed, then reopened in 2020

The legal proceedings opened in Aix-en-Provence against the French actor, also a Russian citizen since 2013, had been repatriated to Paris. On June 4, 2019, the public prosecutor had, however, dismissed its nine months of preliminary investigation, explaining that “the numerous investigations carried out” had “not made it possible to characterize the offenses denounced in all their constituent elements”.

A confrontation between the actor and the young actress, never heard of so far, had notably taken place in the premises of the Paris judicial police, a source close to the file told AFP.

The complainant then obtained in mid-August 2020 the resumption of the investigation via a complaint with the constitution of civil party, an appeal which allows the almost automatic appointment of a judge to relaunch the investigations. During an interrogation on December 16, the magistrate considered that there were “serious or concordant indices” that the monument of the tricolor cinema, now 72 years old, could have committed the facts denounced and therefore indicted for “rape” and “sexual assault”.


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