MORE #MeToo? French Actress Accuses Gerard Depardieu Of Rape

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

French star Gerard Depardieu is facing a probe over alleged "rapes and sexual assaults", a judicial source told AFP on Thursday.

The official said a woman filed a complaint on Monday near the southern city of Aix-en-Provence and the case was assigned to Paris prosecutors Wednesday.

Depardie's lawyer Herve Temime said he "absolutely denies any attack, any rape".

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Depardieu "absolutely" denies the allegations.

He added that the actor was "shaken" by the allegations, which went against "everything he is and respects". Her agent said she was left "devastated" by the attack.

Depardieu, one of France's most notable stars, has occasionally crossed over into American films, including The Man in the Iron Mask, Last Holiday and Life of Pi.

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Depardieu is the second major French film industry figure to be accused of sexual assault, following prominent French director Luc Besson.

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And in 2011 he had to apologise for urinating into a bottle on a flight from Paris to Dublin after being told by the flight crew that he would have to wait at least 15 minutes until he could use the onboard lavatories. In 1990, he received his first Academy Award nomination for Cyrano de Bergerac and was awarded a Golden Globe for Green Card.

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Depardieu has appeared in 200 films over six decades and holds a rare position as a French actor who is known in Hollywood.

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