Gérard Depardieu targeted by a new investigation following a fourth complaint of sexual assault

This is the fourth complaint against Gérard Depardieu. The actor, already the subject of a judicial investigation for rape, is the subject of a new investigation for sexual assault, the Paris prosecutor’s office announced on Friday February 16. A former assistant, who wishes to remain anonymous, filed a complaint in January against the 75-year-old actor for sexual assault during filming in Doué-en-Anjou (Maine-et-Loire) in March 2014, according to a complaint that Agence France-Presse (AFP) was able to consult on Thursday February 15 and revealed by Le Courrier de l’Ouest .

“We learned of the existence of this complaint through the press. If the courts are seized, I choose, as a lawyer, not to speak publicly about this complaint, except that Gérard Depardieu firmly contests the accusations made against him,” reacted to AFP his lawyer, Mr. Christian Saint-Palais.

The complaint was filed on January 9, 2024 in a Paris police station for “sexual assault on a vulnerable person by a person abusing the authority of their position”. The facts denounced date back to March 2014, according to the document. According to Le Courrier de l’Ouest , the facts denounced by this former assistant, then aged 24, took place “during the filming of the film The Magician and the Siamese , directed by Jean-Pierre Mocky” .

Questioned by the regional newspaper, the young woman denounces in particular “her hands all over [her] body” and the “indecent words” of the actor on the set.

Series of complaints against the actor

Gérard Depardieu was indicted in December 2020 for rape and sexual assault following a complaint from actress Charlotte Arnould, who denounced two rapes at the actor’s Parisian home at the end of August 2018. Ms. Arnould’s lawyer, Ms. Carine Durrieu-Diebolt, recently wrote to the Paris prosecutor’s office to ask them to analyze the report from “Complément d’investigation”, according to the public prosecutor. The lawyer believes that the remarks made by Mr. Depardieu in front of the camera are likely to have a criminal classification, which the prosecution is currently analyzing.

The complaint by actress Hélène Darras, who accused Gérard Depardieu of having sexually assaulted her during a film shoot in 2007, was filed at the end of December for prescription.

In December 2023, Spanish journalist and writer Ruth Baza also filed a complaint in Spain against the actor for rape, for acts dating back to 1995 in Paris.

The World with AFP


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