An investigation into rape and sexual assault allegations is in the preliminary stages after authorities in Paris received complaints involving actor Gerard Depardieu, the AP reports.
Depardieu, who was nominated for an Oscar in 1991 for “Cyrano de Bergerac” and for a Primetime Emmy in 2003 as one of the producers of the miniseries “Napoleon,” has denied the allegations.
The report says a woman filed a complaint Monday near the southern city of Aix-en-Provence and the case was assigned to Paris prosecutors Wednesday.
“Depardieu’s lawyer, Herve Temime, said on France’s BFM TV that the actor ‘absolutely denies any rape, any sexual assault, any crime,'” the AP reports. “French newspaper Le Parisien and BFM TV said the woman, a 22-year-old comedian and dancer, reported that the 69-year-old Depardieu assaulted her on August 7 and August 13 at his Parisian home.”