French actor Gerard Depardieu denies rape allegations

Gerard Depardieu

The source said the Paris public prosecutor's office had opened a preliminary inquiry into allegations against Depardieu following a complaint lodged on Monday in southern Aix-en-Provence. A lawyer for Depardieu told AFP that the actor "absolutely denies any attack, any rape".

Argento has denied claims she slept with a 17-year-old co-star in a California hotel room in 2013. "The case was passed on to the Paris prosecutor".

"I regret the public nature of this process which poses a major prejudice to Gerard Depardieu, whose innocence I am convinced will be recognized", Termine added.

The young woman was studying at a school where Depardieu is teaching, according to BFM.

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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. Jeremy Piven, Dustin Hoffman, and Morgan Freeman have also found themselves at the centre of misconduct claims in Hollywood's #MeToo anti-harassment era, while Kevin Spacey and Italian actress Asia Argento are now under investigation amid accusations of sexual assault and inappropriate behaviour. Her agent said she was left "devastated" by the attack.

"He will obviously participate in the investigation and answer the questions", Temime said.

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

Depardieu has appeared in 200 films over six decades and holds a rare position as a French actor who is known in Hollywood.

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