French actor Depardieu faces probe over ‘rapes, sex assaults’

French actor Gerard Depardieu is facing an investigation by Paris public prosecutor’s office after a woman filed a complaint of alleged “rapes and sexual assaults” against him in Aix-en-Provence on Monday.

Depardieu’s lawyer Herve Termime rejected the allegation after a judicial source told French media about the case.

Termime said he is convinced his client’s innocence would be proved and urged the parties concerned to exercise restraint.

According to French media, the accuser, a young comedian and dancer, said Depardieu sexually assaulted her on August 7 and August 13 at his Parisian home.

Depardieu, 69, is the most prolific actor and face of French cinema. He is well known internationally for films like Cyrano de Bergerac which won for him the best actor award at Cannes and nomination for Oscar.

In a career spanning over five decades, he has acted in some 180 films.

He left France in 2013 and took Russian nationality in protest against a proposed tax hike on the rich in his homeland.