French actor Gerard Depardieu accused of sexual assault

French actor Gerard Depardieu arrives for a ceremony to honnour French actor Gerard Depardieu at the Palace part of the'Brussels International Film Festival, Monday 25 June 2018 in Brussels. BELGA

This is a huge scandal considering Gerard Depardieu is one of the most well-known actors in France and is also highly-acclaimed internationally.

Gerard Depardieu is being investigated by the Paris prosecutor over accusations of rape and sexual assault, a judicial source said - though the French actor denied any wrongdoing, his lawyer said.

French newspaper Le Parisien and BFM TV said the woman, a 22-year-old comedian and dancer, reported that the 69-year-old Depardieu assaulted her on August 7 and August 13 at his Parisian home.

French actor Gerard Depardieu was accused of sexual harassment and rape by an actress in her 20s. The case was then taken to prosecutors in Paris.

Depardieu, he added, was "shaken" by the allegations.

The actress was "devastated" by the alleged attacks, her agent was quoted as saying by French digital news service BFMTV.

Paris public prosecutor's office has opened a preliminary inquiry into allegations against Depardieu after a complaint. "He will cooperate in the investigation and will answer questions", Herve Temime said. Another woman, a 49-year-old casting director, said he assaulted her whenever they were in an elevator together. "Men have been punished summarily, forced out of their jobs when all they did was touch someone's knee or try to steal a kiss". His other notable film roles include The Last Metro, Jean de Florette, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, and Life of Pi.

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