French actor Gerard Depardieu accused of rape

Gerard Depardieu the famous french actor known for his roles such as Cyrano de Bergerac has been accused of rape by an un-named actress

French investigation opens after Gérard Depardieu accused of rape

"I had a long meeting with Gérard Depardieu and I am absolutely convinced his innocence will be established", Depardieu's lawyer Hervé Temime told France Info radio [via the BBC].

"PR or crime?" asks a segment on the Rossia 24 news channel.

The unidentified female says that the 69-year-old French actor sexually assaulted and raped her this past month at his home in Paris, France.

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

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"The young lady was perhaps trying to engage in blackmail and, having failed to get what she wanted, decided that at least this is how she'll get PR", Lyalin contended.

"I have strong elements to show that no offense took place", Temime said, adding that the offense was "the opposite" of Depardieu's personality.

In recent years, Depardieu had drawn Western criticism for his close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Hollywood has been noticeably quiet since the fall, when sexual harassment allegations came pouring out of the woodwork, targeting some of the industry's biggest stars. "The case was passed on to the Paris prosecutor", the source said.

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Depardieu has had a prolific acting career, including over 170 film titles.

The actor was fined in 2013 after falling off his scooter while driving drunk in Paris.

The romantic comedy was expected to première this year but Amazon Studios, who have a five-film deal with the director, has said "no release date has ever been set for the film". The actress had also reportedly been receiving professional advice from Depardieu.

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