Gerard Depardieu to Stand Trial in October Over Sexual Assault Allegations

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UPDATE: Gerard Depardieu is to be tried over allegations of sexual assault, according to Paris prosecutors.

The French actor had been taken into police custody on Monday to face questioning over sexual assault allegations brought by women who worked with him on film sets in 2014 and 2021.

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Although Depardieu was released the the same day, with his lawyer asserted that he denied the accusations, prosecutors later on Monday said that the 75-year-old would appear in court in October over the 2021 assault allegations.

“He will be judged in October 2024 for sexual assaults allegedly committed in September 2021 against two victims, during the filming of the movie ‘Les volets verts’ (‘The Green Shutters’),” the prosecutor told the BBC.

Depardieu already faces an official complaint of rape dating back to 2018 from actress Charlotte Arnould, who was 22 years old when the incident allegedly took place. The case remains open. Another sexual assault complaint filed last year by actor Helene Darras, who accused Depardieu of groping and propositioning her during a 2007 film shoot, has since been dropped for being past the statute of limitations.

In April of last year, 13 women accused the actor of sexually inappropriate behavior in a report published by French investigative news website Médiapart. Depardieu vehemently denied all the accusations, and in October penned a letter for the newspaper Le Figaro in which he stated, “Never ever have I abused a woman.”

A representative for Depardieu did not immediately respond to Variety‘s request for comment.

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