FRENCH actor Gérard Depardieu at this time spoke for the primary time about being charged with raping and sexual abusing a younger actress, saying: ‘I’m harmless’.
The 72-year-old movie star broke his silence on Thursday after Paris prosecutors confirmed he confronted trial and jail for the assaults allegedly carried out at his £45million mansion in 2018.
Gérard Depardieu at this time spoke for the primary time about being charged with raping and sexual abusing a younger actress[/caption]
Depardieu famous that the accusations made by the 22-year-old complainant, who can’t be named due to authorized causes, have been initially thrown out[/caption]
“There isn’t a proof, there’s nothing in opposition to me and due to this fact I’m very serene,” Depardieu mentioned in an interview in Italy’s La Repubblica.
“I can solely reject all of the accusations as clearly as doable, as I’ve already executed in entrance of the investigators.”
Depardieu famous that the accusations made by the 22-year-old complainant, who can’t be named due to authorized causes, have been initially thrown out by inspecting magistrates following 9 months of enquiries.
He mentioned: “For me, the investigation was closed for lack of proof. In courtroom, I’ll reaffirm my innocence. I’m harmless and I’ve nothing to concern.”
The actor, who’s free with none bail circumstances, mentioned his subsequent assembly with judges was on March 10.
Depardieu mentioned he had “a sense of disappointment and perplexity in entrance of a totally unfounded story, and by all of the media hype generated by an investigation that I thought of as closed”.
Depardieu is one in all quite a few highly effective males within the Paris arts institution who’ve been accused of abuse following the creation of the #MeToo motion which inspires ladies to make their complaints about intercourse assaults public.
However Depardieu lashed out at such media protection, denouncing “an period dominated by a steady and ruthless move of data pouring out on-line”.
He mentioned: “It’s like we’re residing with headphones on a regular basis that broadcast unhealthy information and infrequently false or biased data. I hate all of it.”
Depardieu, who made his title in Hollywood hits akin to Inexperienced Card, is presently engaged on the set of a brand new police drama in Paris.
He was pictured and videoed on the banks of the River Seine final Friday, as he shot a scene from ‘Maigret And The Lifeless Woman’ with co-star Jade Labeste, 25.
French media has reported that there’s CCTV footage of Depardieu performing a intercourse act on his alleged sufferer in August 2018, however the actor says their relationship was consensual, and vehemently denies any wrongdoing.
In flip, the complainant has advised police she was assaults after visiting him as a household pal, and receiving recommendation about her profession.
Dépardieu, a divorced father-of-four, spends quite a lot of time in Italy along with his long-term companion, the wine entrepreneur and novelist, Clémentine Igou.
Different massive names in French cinema accused of rape in current months embody the director Luc Besson, whose movies embody Nikita and The Fifth Factor.
Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, one in all France’s finest identified TV presenters, was this month accused of rape.
Georges Tron, France’s former Secretary of State, final week started serving three years in jail after a courtroom discovered him responsible of raping an worker in his workplace and on the residence of a co-defendant.
Gérald Darmanin, France’s present Inside Minister, can be on the centre of a rape enquiry.
Such scandals have led to demonstrations by ladies’s teams at high-profile showbusiness occasions, as they name for ladies actors to cease working with allegedly abusive males.
On Wednesday, Dépardieu’s lawyer, Hervé Temime mentioned: “I’m satisfied that on the finish of this investigation, Gérard Depardieu shall be exonerated of all guilt.
“If there’s a case the place the presumption of innocence has extra which means than ever, it’s this one.”
Mr Temime mentioned his shopper was now free on bail, and was “sorry that this data [about the case] has been made public”.
The complainant’s lawyer, Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon, mentioned that she hoped her shopper’s “non-public sphere shall be revered” because the case unfolds.
In 2013 Dépardieu was pictured hugging Vladimir Putin after being handed his Russian passport.
He left France to keep away from a brand new 75 per cent tax fee for earnings over £813,000 per yr.
Putin mentioned Depardieu can be welcome in his nation — which has a 13 per cent flat fee.
He was one of many prime showbiz names who confronted sexual harassment and assault claims as a part of the #MeToo motion.
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French-born Depardieu, who has made greater than 180 movies, was nominated for an Oscar for his title position in 1990’s Cyrano de Bergerac and gained a Golden Globe finest comedy actor award in 1991 for field workplace hit Inexperienced Card. However he has had a chequered previous off-screen.
He frolicked in jail for automobile theft throughout his childhood, then in 2011 he urinated in a bottle on a flight from Paris to Dublin.
The following yr he was accused of punching a motorist in Paris, then was arrested for drunk driving after falling off his scooter.