Gerard Depardieu has “absolutely” denied allegations of rape and sexual assault which have been made against him by an actress in France this week.
The French actor, who has starred in such films as The Last Metro, Cyrano de Bergerac and The Life of Pi, is now at the centre of a preliminary police investigation following the claims, according to Le Parisien.
Police were reportedly made aware of the allegations against the 69-year-old on Monday (August 27). Le Parisien reports that the 22-year-old woman in question is “a young actress and dancer in her twenties”, with the alleged crimes reportedly occurring on two separate occasions this month in one of his Parisian residences.
The woman, who is unnamed and is said to have known Depardieu before the alleged crimes took place, initially made her statement to police in Lambesc, southern France. The case has since been passed on to prosecutors in Paris.
Depardieu’s lawyer Herve Termime issued a denial on behalf of the actor, telling the AFP news agency that the former “absolutely denies any attack, any rape”.
“I had a long meeting with Gérard Depardieu and I am absolutely convinced his innocence will be established,” he told France Info radio.