French actor Gérard Depardieu was accused of sexual assault and rape this week.

According to BBC News, the 68-year-old film star denied the allegations against him.

Holland-based news outlet BNO News said French authorities announced that an investigation had begun after a 22-year-old woman — who is reportedly an actress and dancer — claimed Depardieu raped her twice at his home in Paris earlier this month. The woman said the actor had been giving her professional advice.

“I had a long meeting with Gérard Depardieu and and I am absolutely convinced his innocence will be established,” the actor’s attorney Herve Temime told France Info radio.


The allegations against Depardieu come nearly one year after the #MeToo movement started. Since then, dozens of famous men in Hollywood and in other industries have fallen from grace after being accused of sexual harassment or assault.

Depardieu is one of France’s most famous actors. He is best known for French films like Cyrano de Bergerac — for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in 1991 — The Last Metro (1980) and Jean de Florette (1986).

He has also appeared in several English-language films like the 1990 romantic comedy Green Card — which earned him a Golden Globe win — The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) and Life of Pi (2012).

Depardieu’s most recent credits include the animated 2018 film Sgt Stubby: American Hero, which co-starred Helena Bonham Carter and Logan Lermanand To the Ends of the World, which was also released this year.

The actor also obtained Russian citizenship in 2013.

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