Gerard Depardieu faces probe over alleged rapes, sex assaults: judicial source

Gerard Depardieu

French actor Gérard Depardieu has been accused of rape by a 22-year-old actress.

The source said the Paris public prosecutor's office had opened a preliminary inquiry into allegations against Depardieu following a complaint lodged on Monday. "Gerard Depardieu is shaken by this complaint ... and is absolutely contesting any assault, rape, or any criminal act", Témime said.

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.

According to the BBC, the unnamed actress initially made a statement to police in Lambesc, southern France, and the case was then passed to prosecutors in Paris.

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

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Hervé Temime, a lawyer for the actor, is sure of Depardieu's innocence.

The lawyer declined to say if Depardieu was in France on Thursday or to give details on the actor's connection to the woman, who was identified by French media as a 22-year-old comedian and dancer. "But we are also clear-eyed enough not to confuse an awkward attempt to pick someone up with a sexual attack", the letter continued, CBS News reports.

The actress was "devastated" by the alleged attacks, her agent was quoted as saying by French digital news service BFMTV.

Depardieu's most recent credits include several French films and an animated movie co-starring Logan Lerman and Helena Bonham Carter called "Sgt".

His first big hit in France was Les Valseuses, (Going Places), Bertrand Blier's classic farce about two wandering thugs.

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