Actor Gérard Depardieu accused of rape

Gerard Depardieu

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One of France's most prolific actors, Depardieu, 69, has been in about 170 movies through his career and gained worldwide recognition in 1990 with his starring role in English-language comedy Green Card. The 69-year-old French actor denies any wrongdoing. "Gerard Depardieu is shaken by this complaint ... and is absolutely contesting any assault, rape, or any criminal act", Témime said.

Gerard Depardieu is being accused of allegedly raping an actress, 22.

According to the BBC, the unnamed actress initially made a statement to police in Lambesc, southern France, and the case was then passed to prosecutors in Paris. He has agreed to cooperate with the investigation, according to his lawyer.

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Depardieu's lawyer, Hervé Témime, told BFM that his client strongly denied the allegations.

"I regret the public nature of this process which poses a major prejudice to Gerard Depardieu, whose innocence I am convinced will be recognized", Termine added. Her agent said she was left "devastated" by the attack. Another woman, a 49-year-old casting director, said he assaulted her whenever they were in an elevator together. The actress had also reportedly been receiving professional advice from Depardieu.

Depardieu has appeared in 200 films over six decades and holds a rare position as a French actor who is known in Hollywood. His other notable film roles include The Last Metro, Jean de Florette, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, and Life of Pi.

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