A Spanish journalist and writer has filed a legal criticism in Spain towards Gérard Depardieu, claiming that the movie star raped her almost 30 years in the past in Paris.
Ruth Baza, 51, informed AFP she filed the criticism with Spanish police on Thursday, saying the alleged rape occurred when she interviewed the actor in Paris on 12 October 1995, for the journal Cinemania.
The criticism was first reported by the Barcelona-based newspaper La Vanguardia.
Baza, who was 23 on the time whereas Depardieu was 46, spoke of “an intrusion with none consent, at any time”, including that she felt “paralysed” throughout the incident.
It allegedly passed off on the premises of the previous manufacturing firm Roissy Movies.
Baza initially spoke to AFP of “sexual assault” however when requested if she had been raped, she mentioned sure.
“The police described it as such,” she mentioned.
Below Spain’s sexual consent legislation handed final 12 months, the cost of sexual assault takes in a big selection of crimes, from on-line abuse and groping to rape, every with totally different doable punishments.
A rape conviction can carry a most sentence of 15 years.
Contacted by AFP, police and prosecutors mentioned they weren’t in a position to affirm whether or not Baza had filed a legal criticism towards the actor.
In 2021, Depardieu was charged with rape and sexual assault in a case introduced by the actor Charlotte Arnould, who alleges he raped her in his Left Financial institution house in Paris in 2018 when she was 22. Depardieu, who mentioned the allegations have been “baseless”, tried to have the costs thrown out however a Paris courtroom final 12 months upheld them, saying there was “severe and confirmed proof that justifies Gérard Depardieu to stay charged”.
Depardieu denied allegations of rape and sexual assault in an open letter printed in Le Figaro in October. “By no means, ever have I abused a girl,” the actor wrote. “To the media courtroom, to the lynching that has been reserved for me, I’ve solely my phrase to defend myself.”
A French tv report this month that included footage of the 74-year-old making sexist feedback has thrown the allegations again within the limelight and reignited a debate about sexism in French cinema.
Baza informed AFP that she had “fully” forgotten the alleged assault till she learn an investigation printed by the information web site Mediapart in April, during which 13 ladies accused the actor of sexual violence.
The article provoked “an interior click on” and “flashes” of reminiscence, which she mentioned she corroborated by private notes she took on the time.
The legal criticism has little probability of resulting in fees towards the actor for the reason that occasions it refers to have already handed the statute of limitations in France.
Baza mentioned she determined to file her criticism regardless of this within the hope that it might “assist different individuals” to do the identical.