Gérard Depardieu is indicted for rape and sexual assault

Gérard Depardieu
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The actress Charlotte Arnould accuses the actor of Maigret of having assaulted her in 2018, while he was helping her to rehearse a play.

On Thursday March 10, 2022, the Attorney General of Paris, Rémy Heitz, confirmed the indictment of Gérard Depardieu for “rape and sexual assault.” “The investigating chamber thus considers that there are, at this stage, serious or concordant indications which justify that Gérard Depardieu remains indicted”he explains toAFPabout the complaint filed by actress Charlotte Arnould in August 2018. Aged 22, she accused (anonymously) the 69-year-old actor at the time of having sexually assaulted her twice, in her Parisian home, when she had accepted his invitation to him. helps rehearse a play, which he immediately took issue with. First closed without action, in June 2019, after nine months of preliminary investigation, the complaint had been re-examined by the Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office in mid-August 2020, when the young woman had reiterated her remarks via a civil party application. . Claimed for the first time at the end of 2020, the indictment of Gérard Depardieu had been postponed when he had applied for an appeal to try to have it canceled. His lawyers then explained that there was no “not enough serious or consistent evidence justifying the indictment of their client”. Last December, the complainant revealed her identity in broad daylightwriting on Twitter: “I am the victim of Depardieu. It’s been a year exactly since he was indicted. I can’t keep quiet anymore…”

This revision of the dossier comes at a time when Gérard Depardieu is on the bill for two French films at the top of the box office : the comedy Retirement homedirected by Thomas Gilou with also Kev Adams, Daniel Prévost and Marthe Villalonga, and the latest investigation by Maigret, directed by Patrice Leconte. In full promotion of this last film with La Repubblicahe said in this regard on February 24: “I can only reject as clearly as possible, as I have already done before the investigators, all the charges. For me, the investigation was closed for lack of evidence. In court, I will reaffirm my innocence. I am innocent and I have nothing to fear.” Charlotte Arnould, for her part, did not want to comment publicly on this decision. His lawyer, Maître Carine Durrieu-Diebolt, declared that his “Client was particularly relieved and confident about the justice that was served that day.”

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