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Gérard Depardieu has been accused of raping a young actress three years ago, according to a report on Tuesday.
The 72-year-old actor was indicted in December for the alleged assault, which occurred at his Paris apartment in 2018 when the victim was 22, a judicial source told Agence France-Presse.
The case was initially dropped due to lack of evidence, but was reopened late last year when the unidentified French actress filed her complaint again.
Depardieu, who earned an Oscar nomination in 1991 for his role in “Cyrano de Bergerac,” has denied the allegations.
French actor Gerard Depardieu has been charged with rape and s*xual assault allegedly committed in 2018 against an actress in her 20s.
An investigation into the allegations was dropped in 2019, but the actress relaunched the proceedings, Paris prosecutors said last year.
Described as a controversial and larger than life character, Depardieu became the face of French cinema due to roles in such films as Cyrano de Bergerac, Jean de Florette, and Camille Claudel.
He has also had a successful international career, having made more than 180 films, working among others with Peter Weir on Green Card and with Ridley Scott in 1492.
The preliminary investigation was opened on August 27, 2018 after the young woman filed a complaint near the southern city of Aix-en-Provence for rape and sexual assault against the star.
It was then turned over to officers in Paris, but the investigation was dropped after nine months in early 2019, after investigators did not gather enough evidence to proceed with formal charges.
At the time, Depardieu’s attorney, Herve Temime, said the actor “absolutely denies any rape, s*xual assault, crime” and dismissed the complaint as “unfounded.”
The young woman resumed the process acting as an “aggrieved party”, which, according to French law, almost always leads to an investigating judge examining the case.