Actor Gérard Depardieu "does not accept any project", starting with lending his voice to one of the characters in Michel Hazanavicius' next animated film, in the "context" of accusations of rape and sexual assault , we learned Monday from his agent. “He has decided not to accept any project for the moment in the current context,” Bertrand de Labbey told AFP. Initially and “by mutual agreement, Gérard Depardieu and Michel Hazanavicius decided to renounce (the) participation (of Gérard Depardieu, editor’s note) for (the) next film” of the director, he added, confirming information from the daily Le Parisien.
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The actor was to lend his voice to The Most Precious Goods, which tells the story of a couple of Polish lumberjacks who, during the Second World War, rescue a baby who fell from a train taking deportees to the concentration camp. Auschwitz. “Only tests had been carried out,” specifies Bertrand de Labbey.
The actor has been indicted since 2020 for “rape” and “sexual assault” on actress Charlotte Arnould, who denounced two rapes at the star's Parisian home at the end of August 2018. In the summer of 2020, she obtained that the investigation, first closed by the Paris prosecutor's office in June 2019, be entrusted to an investigating judge.
In April, Médiapart revealed the testimonies of 13 women accusing Gérard Depardieu of sexual violence. The Paris public prosecutor's office indicated at the time of these revelations that it had “not received any new complaints to date”. The prosecution also specified that the investigation opened in July 2020 following the actress' complaint was continuing. In an open letter published on Sunday, the actor refuted the accusations against him, denouncing a “lynching” orchestrated by the “media court” and ensuring that he was “neither a rapist nor a predator”. “Never, ever have I abused a woman,” he wrote.