A month-long investigation into French actor Gérard Depardieu has uncovered 13 women accusing him of sexual misconduct. The 74-year-old Cyrano de Bergerac star had already been indicted in 2020 over allegations of sexual assault and rape.
Those charges brought by actress Charlotte Arnaud initiated the current investigation into Gérard Depardieu. In a Variety article, the alleged victims range from actors, make-up artists, and production staff, all female. Not all those making accusations did so publicly; some wanted to remain anonymous.
A time period between 2004 through 2022 is when these events are said to have taken place. All the acts Depardieu is accused of occurred during the production of 11 films that premiered during those 18 years.
Two of the victims’ accounts in the article claim that Depardieu has wandering hands and became very aggressive with one extra on the set of 2015’s The Box. The accuser claims Depardieu “tried to push my knickers to one side” to penetrate her with his finger. An unnamed actor who was on the set of The Box claims Gerard Depardieu was shouting that “he could have who he wanted and that he didn’t want her, that she was a ‘fat pig.'”
Although a criminal case is ongoing, Depardieu has not been remanded into custody by law enforcement in France. Cabinet Temime, who represents the actor in legal matters, said that Depardieu “formally denies all of the accusations that could be subject to criminal law.”
Although Gérard Depardieu has several credits to his name, the actor has become more widely known for his role as the Gaul Obelix in the live-action Asterix movies. However, the last time the actor had made any notable headlines outside of his recent troubles was over a decade ago. In 2011, Depardieu urinated in his pants when he was not allowed to use an airplane’s restroom during takeoff.[Source: Variety]
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