#MeToo strikes again: French film star Gerard Depardieu “absolutely denies” claims he sexually assaulted 22yo actress

French-Russian film star Gerard Depardieu “absolutely denies” accusations of sexually assaulting a young woman, his lawyers said after a 22-year-old French actress filed a complaint, which then surfaced in the local media.

The complaint against Depardieu, 69, was filed with the Paris prosecutor’s office on Monday. It accused the actor of sexual abuse on two occasions, August 6 and August 13, Le Parisien reported. The young woman is understood to be a protégé of Depardieu’s and also the daughter of the famous actor’s friend.

Depardieu’s lawyer Hervé Témime confirmed that a complaint against his client had been filed, but said the actor “absolutely denies having committed the slightest offense” against anyone. He said he expected the complaint to “not prosper on the judicial level.”

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