Prolific French actor Gérard Depardieu was arrested and charged with rape after allegedly assaulting a young actress at his home in Paris in 2018, AFP reported on Tuesday

Depardieu has been charged with rape and sexual assault, a judicial source told the French news agency, but has not been jailed, although he is under judicial supervision and must regularly check with authorities

Authorities initially began investigating the woman’s allegations almost immediately after she reported that Depardieu raped her in August 2018, but the case was closed in June of the following year for lack of proofs, to reopen again during the summer

Le Parisien reported in 2018 that Depardieu had taken the young actress in her twenties under his wing, â ???? and acted as a career mentor, only to assault him on two occasions at his home in the French capital

The woman’s identity has not been revealed by French authorities, but her lawyer Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon told AFP that she hoped her client’s privacy would be respected as they went forward. as the case progresses

Depardieu starred in hundreds of films during his decades-long career in French cinema, but he is also well known for his odd off-screen behavior. In 1991, he gave a disturbing interview to Time magazine in which he claimed to have witnessed many rapes in his childhood According to AFP, a translation error led to believe that Depardieu had even hinted that he was participating himself at 9 years old Depardieu is the latest in a series of powerful French men to be accused of sexual misconduct in the wake of the #MeToo movement, although the ramifications of the movement in France have been far less revolutionary than in the U.S Well-known jurist Olivier Duhamel was accused last month by his stepdaughter of sexually assaulting his twin brother, from the age of around 14 In 2019, a nine-month investigation into allegations of sexual assault by French director Luc Besson was closed for lack of evidence

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