Prosecutors demand reopening of Depardieu rape case

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Paris (AFP)

Paris prosecutors said on Saturday they had called for an investigation into the rape allegations against French actor Gérard Depardieu to be reopened after an earlier investigation was dropped last year.

An actress in her twenties accuses Depardieu of assaulting and raping her at his home in Paris in August 2018.

After reporting his allegations against the famous actor – who is 71 years old and who denies any wrongdoing – the prosecutors of the southern city of Aix-en-Provence opened a preliminary investigation which they then transmitted to their Parisian colleagues.

The Paris investigation was dropped after nine months in early 2019 after investigators failed to gather enough evidence to make formal charges.

But now the actress has restarted the proceedings by acting as an “injured party” which, in French law, almost always leads to an examination by an examining magistrate.

Depardieu’s lawyer, Hervé Temime, declined to comment when contacted by AFP.

Depardieu, who is a superstar in France thanks to films like “Cyrano de Bergerac”, “Jean de Florette” and “Camille Claudel”, also enjoyed a successful international career, working among others with Peter Weir in “Green Card” and with Ridley Scott in “1492”.

He is a French and Russian citizen.

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