The prolific French actor GĂ©rard Depardieu has been accused of rape and sexual assault by a young actress and author who says the incident took place earlier this month.

Through his lawyer, Depardieu denied the allegations. “I had a long meeting with GĂ©rard Depardieu and I am absolutely convinced his innocence will be established,” the attorney told the French media.

According to the BBC, the actress says the alleged assault took place at his Parisian residence, and that prosecutors were made aware of the incident after she spoke to the police. Her name has not been revealed at this time. The BBC says she knew Depardieu before the alleged assault.

Depardieu is 69 years old and his accuser is reportedly 22.