French Actor Gérard Depardieu Accused of Rape

Gerard Depardieu the famous french actor known for his roles such as Cyrano de Bergerac has been accused of rape by an un-named actress

According to the BBC and The Hollywood Reporter, veteran French actor Gerard Depardieu is accused of sexually assaulting and then raping a French actress.

The source said the Paris public prosecutor's office had opened a preliminary inquiry into allegations against Depardieu following a complaint lodged on Monday in southern Aix-en-Provence.

In the meantime, Depardieu and his legal team have released a statement denying the accusations against him. "The case was passed on to the Paris prosecutor", the source said.

Temime confirmed that the French actor knows the woman in question, but denied he was with her during the dates mentioned in the complaint. Her agent said she was left "devastated" by the attack.

The young woman was studying at a school where Depardieu is teaching, according to BFM. "But we are also clear-eyed enough not to confuse an awkward attempt to pick someone up with a sexual attack", the letter continued, CBS News reports.

French superstar Gerard Depardieu faces allegations of rape and harassment in France.

Depardieu, a controversial, larger-than-life character is one of the most recognizable actors in France.

He won the best actor award for Cyrano at Cannes in 1990, and was nominated for an Oscar for the same role.

Russian President Vladimir Putin treated him to a dinner to present him with his new citizenship and Depardieu was subsequently full of praise in an interview to Komsomolskaya Pravda daily.

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