French film star Gérard Depardieu was filmed performing a sex act on a young actress who later accused him of raping her inside his £45million Paris mansion, according to investigator sources quoted by the French media.
The victim has said that she was in a state of ‘denial’ when she returned to his home after the initial alleged assault, and that she was then assaulted for a second time.
The footage was retrieved by judicial police officers investigating a series of alleged attacks carried out by the 72-year-old actor in August 2018.
He admits a ‘consensual relationship’ with the 22-year-old year old complainant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, but vehemently denies any wrongdoing.
Prosecutors in Paris have confirmed that Dépardieu, a divorced father-of-four whose long-term partner is the wine entrepreneur and novelist Clémentine Igou, has been charged with ‘rapes’ and ‘sexual abuse’.
Now the French media report that investigating sources say that the CCTV was retrieved from Dépardieu’s mansion on the Left Bank of Paris during a nine-month investigation that started in September 2018.
Pictured: French actor Gerard Depardieu poses during a photocall for the second season of the French TV show ‘Marseille’. Investigators has said was filmed performing a sex act on a young actress who later accused him of raping her inside his £45million Paris mansion
‘In August 2018 the accused was giving the complainant advice about her career as an actress, and she visited him at his Paris home,’ said the source.
‘There are lots of text messages between the two – they were in regular contact, discussing all kinds of matters.
‘It was on August 7 that the complainant says she was first raped. Video footage in the accused’s house shows them sitting and talking, and then a sex act was filmed.
‘The pair made their way upstairs to a bedroom, one after the other, but there was no camera inside the bedroom.’
At the time, the complainant was suffering from Tetany – a medical condition caused by low blood calcium that causes spasms and cramps, said the source.
The complainant has told police that she was ‘ill and confused’ about what was happening, and ‘in a state of denial’ returned to Dépardieu’s home on August 13, when a second rape allegedly took place.
‘It was two weeks later that she told her mother about what had happened, and then she went to police,’ said the investigating source.
Beyond the CCTV, evidence includes ‘disturbing text messages’, in which Dépardieu is said to referenced the late French singer Monique Serf, who was known as Barbara, and who was sexually abused by her father.
The original investigation included a joint hearing of Dépardieu and his alleged victim, but it was dropped by Paris prosecutors on June 4 2019 because of lack of evidence.
But the complainant filed a second complaint in August 2020, leading to Dépardieu’s indictment last December.
Prosecutors in Paris have confirmed that Dépardieu (right), a divorced father-of-four whose long-term partner is the wine entrepreneur and novelist Clémentine Igou (left), has been charged with ‘rapes’ and ‘sexual abuse’
On Wednesday, Dépardieu’s lawyer, Hervé Temime said: ‘I’m convinced that at the end of this investigation, Gérard Depardieu will be exonerated of all guilt.
‘If there is a case where the presumption of innocence has more meaning than ever, it is this one,’ said Mr Temime.
Mr Temime said his client was now free on bail, and was ‘sorry that this information [about the case] has been made public.’
The complainant’s lawyer, Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon, said that she hoped her client’s ‘private sphere will be respected’ as the case unfolds.
Dépardieu, who made his names in Hollywood films such as Green Card and Cyrano de Bergerac, tried to sell his Paris mansion in 2012, but was unable to do so because of the high price.
He divored his first wife, the actress Elisabeth Guignot, in 1996 after they had two children, Guillaume and Julie. Guillaume died in 2008, aged 37.
While separated from Guignot, Dépardieu had a daughter named Roxanne, with model Karine Silla in 1992. His 14-year-old son, Jean Dépardieu, is the result of a relationship with the jewellery designer Helene Bizot.
In recent years his partner has been Ms Igou, a 41-year-old Harvard University graduate he met in Italy 2004, when they bonded over their mutual love of wine. Ms Igou has not yet commented on the rape allegations.
The rape accusations against Dépardieu follow a series of #MeToo complaints against powerful men in the Paris arts establishment who are said to have raped or otherwise abused young women working as models and actresses.
Other big names in cinema accused of rape include the director Luc Besson, whose films include Nikita and The Fifth Element.
Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, one of France’s best known TV presenters, was this month accused of rape.
Gérald Darmanin, France’s current Interior Minister, is also at the centre of a rape enquiry.
Big names in the world of Paris fashion who have been accused of rape include the former scout Jean-Luc Brunel, who was a friend of the late American convicted paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.
The complainant has told police that she was ‘ill and confused’ about what was happening, and ‘in a state of denial’ returned to Dépardieu’s ) home on August 13, when a second rape allegedly took place. Pictured: Dépardieu on a film set on February 19, 2021
Described as a controversial and larger-than-life character, Depardieu became the face of French cinema due to roles in films such as such as Cyrano de Bergerac, Jean de Florette and Camille Claudel.
He has also had a successful international career, having made more than 180 films, working among others with Peter Weir in Green Card and with Ridley Scott in 1492.
He has also acted in Cyrano de Bergerac in 1990, The Man in the Iron Mask in 1998, and Life of Pi in 2012.
Depardieu made his name in the 1974 film ‘Going Places’ after which he enjoyed a meteoric rise, demonstrating talent and allure in wide-ranging roles in classics, dramas and comedies alike.
In 2013 Depardieu sparked a huge outcry by leaving France and taking Russian nationality in protest at a proposed tax hike on the rich in his homeland.
Russian President Vladimir Putin treated him to a dinner to present him with his new citizenship and Depardieu was subsequently full of praise in an interview to Komsomolskaya Pravda daily.
The French actor’s romantic history has been turbulent with him divorcing his first wife actress Elisabeth Guignot in 1996.
The couple married in 1970 and share two children, Guillaume and Julie.
His son Guillaume died in 2008, aged 37.
While separated from Guignot, he had a daughter named Roxanne, with model Karine Silla in 1992.
Depardieu dated Carole Bouquet from 1997 until 2005. Ms Bouquet is also a successful French actress who plaid Melina Havelock in the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only.
Most recently, he has been linked to Clémentine Igou, a 41-year-old Harvard University graduate.
The pair met in Italy 2004 and were reportedly drawn to each other due to their mutual love of wine.
The couple have lived together since 2005 and have a 30-year age gap.
As well as he romantic life, the actor has been in the headlines for his public row over tax arrangements in France and his decision to become a Russian resident.
The Cyrano de Bergerac star took Belgian residence after a bitter dispute with the French government over high rates of tax.
Described as a controversial and larger-than-life character, Depardieu (attending the opening of the Beiteddine International Art Festival in 2019) became the face of French cinema due to roles in films such as Cyrano de Bergerac, Jean de Florette and Camille Claudel
He later became a Russian citizen in 2013 after befriending President Vladimir Putin.
The Green Card star caused controversy at the time after slamming his home country.
He described France as a place ‘populated by foreigners and imbeciles making wine and stinky cheese’.
While in 2014, he was accused of throwing water over revellers beneath his Italian flat after being annoyed by their noise.
And in 2011 he had to apologise for urinating into a bottle on a flight from Paris to Dublin after being told by the flight crew that he would have to wait at least 15 minutes until he could use the onboard lavatories.
The actor was fined in 2013 after falling off his scooter while driving drunk in Paris.
He failed to turn up at the hearing at which he was fined €4,000 and had his licence suspended for six months.
Depardieu has also never been afraid of taking a swipe at the film industry, slamming the Oscars in 2016.
He said: ‘Cinema doesn’t exist any more. There is a world of entertainment and people, terrorised by the Americans, don’t know any more which language to speak.’
The Cyrano de Bergerac star took Belgian residence after a bitter dispute with the French government over high rates of tax, and later became a Russian citizen
‘There are 10 stars and they are all American. Their films are crammed with special effects… and the rest of the world of cinema is struggling to exist.’
In 2014, Depardieu claimed he sometimes drinks up to 14 bottles of wine per day.
He told French magazine So Film: ‘I can’t drink like a normal person. I can absorb 12, 13, 14 bottles per day.
‘In the morning, it starts at home with champagne or red wine before 10am, then again champagne.’
Gerard said he breaks up the wine intake with a little aniseed liqueur pastis.
However, his behaviour was condemned at the time by French mental health expert Professor Michel Lejoyeux, who blasted French attitudes to the heavy consumption of alcohol, and the media’s admiration of his alcohol intake.
He said: ‘We smile about heavy users, calling them ‘bon vivants’, while non-consumption is not allowed. In society, it is the one who does not drink who will feel guilty.
‘A consumption of 14 bottles a day is beyond all data, all thresholds and health references of the World Health Organization.
‘This is proof of the positive vision we have of alcohol poisoning.’
Previously Depardieu made headlines after he was banned from an Air France flight for urinating in the aisle as it prepared to take off, forcing the plane to turn back to its parking spot.
A passenger on the flight said Depardieu appeared to be drunk and insisted he be allowed to use the bathroom during takeoff, when passengers must remain seated.