Actor Gérard Depardieu. – Daina Le Lardic / Isopix / SIPA

As part of an investigation opened after the complaint of a young actress, Gérard Depardieu was indicted for “rape” and “sexual assault” on December 16, a source close to the case announced on Tuesday, confirmed by a judicial source. Facts, which he allegedly committed in the summer of 2018, that the 72-year-old monument of French cinema disputes.

The complainant, who had denounced to the gendarmerie at the end of August 2018 having been raped twice at the star’s Parisian home a few days earlier, had obtained in the summer of 2020 that this investigation, first classified by the Paris prosecutor’s office, be entrusted to an examining magistrate.

The actor is a friend of the victim’s family

The actor’s lawyer, Me Hervé Témime, “deplored that this information was made public. “Gérard Depardieu, who was left free without judicial control,” totally disputes the facts with which he is accused “, said his lawyer. The young actress in her twenties had initially filed a complaint by going to the Lambesc (Bouches-du-Rhône) gendarmerie at the end of August 2018.

On record, she accused the actor of two rapes and sexual assaults which allegedly took place at the star’s Parisian home, a private mansion in the 6th arrondissement, on August 7 and 13, 2018. According to a source familiar with the matter, the actor 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. The legal proceedings opened in Aix-en-Provence against the French actor, also a Russian citizen since 2013, had been repatriated to Paris.

Resumption of the investigation in August

On June 4, 2019, the public prosecutor had, however, closed its nine months of preliminary investigation by 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, said a source familiar with the matter.

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. Contacted, the lawyer for the complainant, Me Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon, asked that “the privacy and privacy of (his) client be preserved”.

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