French film star Gerard Depardieu was accused today of carrying out a series of sexual attacks while playing a legendary stage actor who continues to seduce women.
The 75-year-old, who is already under investigation for multiple similar crimes including rape, is said to have assaulted two production staff on the set of Les Volets Verts – The Green Shutters.
The film, based on a story by George Simenon, is about a “holy monster” theater star who risks a heart attack while drinking too much and pursuing potential sexual conquests.
Depardieu, who is routinely referred to as a “sacred monster” in real life, is said to have attacked a complainant identified only as Amelie, 53.
For his part, Depardieu, who became known with successful films such as Green Card and The Last Metro, vehemently denies all accusations against him.
In October 2023 he published an open letter in the French newspaper Le Figaro defending himself. “I have never, ever abused a woman,” he wrote.
This is the latest in a series of sexual assault allegations against movie star Gerard Depardieu.
Amelie’s lawyer, Carine Durrieu-Diebolt, confirmed on Monday that the evidence pointed to “assault, harassment and sexual abuse.”
Amelie spoke to Mediapart, the Paris investigative news site, and said Depardieu “brutally attacked me” on September 10, 2021, before a bodyguard showed up.
According to Mediapart, another woman, 33, accused Depardieu of touching ‘her breasts and buttocks’ twice on the same set in August 2021.
Ms Durrieu-Diebolt also represents Charlotte Arnould, 28, who claims she was raped by Depardieu.
There is CCTV footage of Depardieu performing a sex act with Arnould at his Paris mansion in August 2018, but he insists it was consensual.
Arnould waived his legal right to anonymity in late 2021, after Depardieu was accused of rape and sexual assault.
A few days after his accusation, Depardieu returned to work on the location alongside the Seine of the police drama Maigret et la morte, also by Georges Simenon, in which he starred alongside Jade Labeste.
In October, he broke his silence over claims that he was a serial sexual abuser, saying: “I am neither a rapist nor a predator.”
Accusing his enemies of subjecting him to a “lynching” in the media, he expressed his anger in an open letter to the French press.
Last year a criminal investigation was opened into the alleged suicide of a French actress who had accused Depardieu of sexual violence.
It was feared that the last hours of Emmanuelle Debever, 60, could be linked to the multiple allegations of abuse made by women against Depardieu.
He died on December 7, the exact day a new documentary titled Gérard Depardieu: The Fall of the Ogre aired throughout France.
A complainant said Depardieu treated her like “a piece of meat” when he “attacked” her
It contained disturbing details of an alleged attack by Depardieu on Mrs Debever, when she was still a teenager.
In December, another French actress filed a formal sexual assault complaint against Depardieu, saying he treated her like “a piece of meat.”
Paris prosecutors confirmed that Hélène Darras, 43, denounced Depardieu in September.
The couple appeared together in the 2007 film Disco, when Darras was 26, and was allegedly assaulted.
Waiving her legal right to anonymity, Ms. Darras said in the same documentary series Additional Investigation (Complément d’enquete): “He [Depardieu] It is unmanageable.
‘He looks at me like I’m a piece of meat. I have an ultra-tight dress, he brings me closer to him by the waist, then he runs his hand over my hips, over my butt.’
The 75-year-old is often called a “holy monster” in real life, just like his character.
And in December 2023, the Spanish journalist and writer Ruth Baza filed a complaint in Spain against the actor for rape, for events dating back to 1995 in Paris.
That same month, French President Emmanuel Macron sparked fury by defending Depardieu.
Macron appeared on a television show and said he hated that the actor was subjected to “human persecution.”