August 30, 2018 / 5:09 PM / in 24 days

French actor Depardieu faces rape investigation, denies wrongdoing

PARIS (Reuters) - Gerard Depardieu is being investigated by the Paris prosecutor over accusations of rape and sexual assault, a judicial source said - though the prominent French actor denies any wrongdoing, according to his lawyer.

FILE PHOTO: Gerard Depardieu waves as he arrives during a red carpet event for the movie "Novecento- Atto Primo" at the 74th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, September 5, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File Photo

One of France’s most prolific actors, Depardieu, 69, has been in around 170 movies through his career and gained international recognition in 1990 with his starring role in the English language comedy “Green Card”.

“I can confirm a complaint was registered on August 27 in the jurisdiction of the Aix-en-Provence prosecutor. The case was passed on to the Paris prosecutor,” the source said.

FILE PHOTO: Actor Gerard Depardieu attends a new conference to promote the movie 'Saint Amour' at the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany February 19, 2016. REUTERS/Stefanie Loos/File Photo

French media said the complaint had been lodged by a 22-year-old French actress.

A lawyer for Depardieu dismissed the accusations. “Gerard Depardieu denies any wrongdoing. He will cooperate in the investigation and will answer questions,” Herve Temime told BFM television.

Depardieu, he added, was “shaken” by the allegations.

In recent years, Depardieu had drawn Western criticism for

his close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Reporting by Emmanuel Jarry; writing by Matthias Blamont; Editing by John Irish/Mark Heinrich

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