Gérard Depardieu challenges his accusation for “rape”: decision this Thursday, March 10

The Paris Court of Appeal will rule on Thursday on actor Gérard Depardieu’s request to annul his accusation for “violations” and “sexual assault” on the actress Charlotte Arnould, alleged facts dating from August 2018. The investigation room had studied on February 3 the request of the 73-year-old French cinema monument to declare the nullity of his accusation for these facts that “dispute completely”. Before the deliberation, scheduled for Thursday at 1 pm, neither Depardieu’s lawyer, Me Hervé Témime, nor the plaintiff’s lawyer, Me Carine Durrieu-Diebolt, wanted to comment.

The complainant Charlotte Arnould, born in 1995 and 22 years old at the time of the events, had appeared at the Lambesc gendarmerie (Bouches-du-Rhône) at the end of August 2018, alleging that she had been raped a few days earlier on the two times at the star’s Parisian home, a mansion in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. According to a source close to the case, the actor is a friend of the victim’s family.

The judicial process opened in Aix-en-Provence against the French actor, also a Russian citizen since 2013, had been transferred to the capital. A confrontation between the actor and the young actress had been organized in the facilities of the Parisian judicial police, a source close to the file told AFP. However, on June 4, 2019, the prosecutor had closed the file without further investigation after nine months of preliminary investigation, explaining that “the numerous investigations carried out” Dyed “it is not allowed to characterize the reported crimes in all their constituent elements”.

But the complainant obtained the resumption of the investigation in mid-August 2020 through a complaint with civil action. A Parisian investigating judge charged Gérard Depardieu on December 16, 2020 with “violations” and “sexual assault”, leaving him free without judicial control. The whistleblower, Charlotte Arnould, spoke out in mid-December on Twitter to reveal her identity. “He works while I spend my time surviving”she wrote.

Since his indictment, Gérard Depardieu has been heard on the merits of the case by the investigating judge, according to sources familiar with the matter. It is currently showing in the cinema of Retirement house, Maigret and Strong.

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