Gérard Depardieu accused of raping young actress

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

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

Hervé Temime, the lawyer for France's most celebrated film actor, said that Depardieu "absolutely denies any attack, any rape or any criminal act".

The unnamed actress made her statement to police in Lambesc, southern France, after which the case was passed to prosecutors in the capital.

Metro.co.uk has reached out to Gerard Depardieu's reps for comment. The 69-year-old French actor denies any wrongdoing.

The alleged crimes occurred this month in one of Mr Depardieu's Paris residences, French media report. The two met when Depardieu led a master class at her school, BFM TV reported.

The actor, he said, was "shaken" by the allegations, which went against "everything he is and respects".

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A 27-year-old actress accused Besson of raping her in a Paris hotel in May, reports CBS News.

Depardieu has appeared in 170 films over five decades.

A lawyer for Depardieu dismissed the accusations.

The accusations against him are the latest in a string made against prominent men in the wake of the rape and assault claims against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and the Me Too movement that they gave rise to. In January, Catherine Deneuve and 99 other French women signed an open letter published in Le Monde, saying the Me Too movement was going too far and promoted a new "puritanism" against French traditions. The actress had also reportedly been receiving professional advice from Depardieu. In 1990, he received his first Academy Award nomination for Cyrano de Bergerac and was awarded a Golden Globe for Green Card.

Depardieu stars in Netflix's French series "Marseille".

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