French Actor Gérard Depardieu's Rape Case Will Be Reopened

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A woman who accused French actor Gérard Depardieu of raping her has refiled her complaint, triggering the reopening of the investigation against him.

The accuser, identified only as an actor in her 20s, said that 71-year-old Depardieu raped and assaulted her on two occasions at his Paris home in August 2018. The case was dropped last year after prosecutors cited lack of evidence, the Guardian reports. But in France, a refiled case nearly always results in it being examined by an investigating magistrate, which is what is happening now.

Depardieu’s lawyer told AFP that he had not been notified about the case, but called it a “non-event, as it is an automatic decision.”

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The woman’s lawyer, however, said that her client “has renewed her confidence in the justice system, and remains at its disposition for the next steps in the inquiry.”

Depardieu has had a slate of past legal troubles. In 2011, he urinated into a bottle on a Dublin-bound flight, and in 2012, he was accused of assault and battery after he punched a motorist in Paris. Later that year, he was arrested for driving while drunk after falling off a scooter.

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In the case of the alleged rape, reports said that Depardieu had taken the actor “under his wing” and given her career advice. She said that his assaults took place during informal rehearsals for a theater production.

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I hope she receives justice. Coming forward with a rape allegation against anyone, but certainly a public figure, must be incredibly difficult. I believe this woman 100% because opening yourself up to that kind of hell not once but twice? Ugh.

SPEAKING OF THIS SLIMEBALL GERARD; is anyone else here old enough to remember that creepy ass movie that he starred in with Katherine Hiegl? My God, I remember watching it when it came out in 1994 and I was about the same age as Katherine’s character, who played his daughter. This movie is WILDLY uncomfortable, unsettling, and gross, and I remember thinking even back then “Wow I cannot believe this film got made.” Ugh it gives me the creeps.