11:47 AM PST 2/23/2021
The actor is accused of raping a young woman in August 2018 at his Parisian home.
Gérard Depardieu has been charged by French authorities with rape, it was revealed Tuesday.
The 72-year-old actor was charged in December, but the news did not come to light until now. Agence France-Presse was the first to report the charges, citing a judicial source. Authorities could not be reached for additional information.
The actor, according to AFP, has been charged with rape and sexual assault, stemming from alleged incidents that occurred in August 2018 at his Parisian home.
The original case was closed without charges in 2019, but reportedly reopened last year. It is not clear what prompted authorities to reopen the case.
The actor’s lawyer, Hervé Témime, told French newspaper Le Monde that Depardieu “totally disputes the facts with which he is accused.” Témime did not immediately respond to a request for additional comment.
Attorney Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon, who represents the alleged victim, told AFP that she hoped her client’s “private sphere will be respected.” Tuaillon-Hibon could not be reached for additional comment.