French screen star Depardieu to go on trial for sexual assault in October

French screen legend Gerard Depardieu will go on trial for sexual assault in October, the Paris prosecutor said on Monday after police questioned the actor over claims made by two women, the latest in a litany of such charges.

French police on Monday detained actor Gerard Depardieu for questioning after two women accused him of sexual assault, police sources have revealed.

The 75-year-old actor, who has starred in more than 200 films and television series, was charged with rape in 2020 and was forced to put his career on hold last autumn as allegations of sexual harassment and assault mounted against him. He denies the accusations.

After police questioned Depardieu on Monday, the Paris prosecutor said Depardieu would face charges over the assaults allegedly committed in September 2021 during the filming of The Green Shutters movie.

"Gerard Depardieu was given a summons to appear before the criminal court. He will be tried in October 2024 for sexual assaults likely to have been committed in September 2021 to the detriment of two victims, on the set of the film 'The Green Shutters'," said a statement.

Earlier, Depardieu was questioned, and later released, over allegations from two women that he assaulted them on film sets, one in 2021 and the other in 2014.

(with AFP)

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