French actor Gérard Depardieu has been charged with rape, claims report.
The 72-year-old actor was indicted on 16 December for rape and sexual assault, which he allegedly committed in the summer of 2018.
On Tuesday (23 February), Agence France-Presse learned of the charges from a source close to the case. The charges were confirmed by a judicial source.
Depardieu was accused of raping a 22-year-old actor in his Paris home in 2018, an allegation Depardieu has denied.
After nine months of investigation, French prosecutors dropped the case due to lack of evidence.
Last August, the actor, now 24, relaunched proceedings by claiming to be an “injured party”. Under French law, “injured parties” typically have their cases investigated by a magistrate.
Last October, AFP reported that allegations of rape against Depardieu were being re-investigated by Paris prosecutors.
Herve Temime, counsel for Depardieu, told AFP that he “was not informed” of the reopening of the investigation, and called it a “non-event” and “automatic decision” based on French law.
A lawyer for the woman in question told AFP: “She renews her confidence in the courts, at whose disposal she stands.”
Depardieu is best known for his roles in Cyrano de Bergerac and The Last Metro. He has also appeared in American films including Green Card, The Man in the Iron Mask, and 102.