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French actor Gerard Depardieu is subject of rape complaint

French actor Gerard Depardieu is subject of rape complaint

Gerard Depardieu's lawyer has dismissed allegations the French actor raped and sexually assaulted a 22-year-old woman earlier this month.

Temime confirmed that the French actor knows the woman in question, but denied he was with her during the dates mentioned in the complaint.

Acclaimed French actor Gérard Depardieu has been accused of raping a young French actress, officials said Thursday.

Gerard Depardieu waves as he arrives during a red carpet event for the movie "Novecento- Atto Primo" at the 74th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Italy September 5, 2017.

The actress was "devastated" by the alleged attack, her agent said to BFM-TV.

The unnamed actress made her statement to police in Lambesc, southern France, after which the case was passed to prosecutors in the capital.

Mr Depardieu's lawyer, Hervé Temime, said he was convinced his client would be exonerated of any blame by the end of the investigation.

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 actor, he said, was "shaken" by the allegations, which went against "everything he is and respects".

Depardieu, 69, is one of France's global film icons and an Oscar-nominee for his role in 1990's Cryano de Bergrac. His other films include The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), 1900 (1976), The Last Metro (1980), Danton (1983) and 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992).


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