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French actor Gérard Depardieu was charged with rape and sexual assault in a criminal investigation first opened against him in 2018.

The 72-year-old actor was formally indicted in December over a pair of alleged incidents in August 2018 that involved a then-22-year-old woman at her Paris home. Agence France-Presse was the first to announce news of the charges on Tuesday, citing a judicial source. The Associated Press then confirmed the news.

A preliminary investigation was opened against Depardieu in 2018 after a woman filed a complaint over the two alleged incidents, which she said took place during casting trials. Depardieu, who earned an Oscar nomination in 1991 for his role in “Cyrano de Bergerac,” denied the allegations at the time.

The investigation was dropped the following year due to a lack of evidence, prosecutors said at the time. It was reopened in October 2020 after Depardieu’s accuser filed a new complaint that included civil proceedings, which under French law usually leads to a review of a case by an investigating judge, such as AFP reported at the time.

Depardieu’s lawyer, following the announcement of the reopening of the investigation last fall, dismissed the appointment of an investigating judge as a “non-event”.


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