A second actor has filed an official criticism towards Gérard Depardieu, claiming the French star sexually assaulted her on the set of the 2007 movie Disco.
Full particulars of Hélène Darras’s allegations towards the French star will air on the French investigative information present Complément d’Enquête on Thursday night.
Darras was 26 when she had a walk-on position as a contestant in a dance competitors in Disco, a comedy during which Depardieu co-starred.
“He checked out me as if I have been a bit of meat,” Darras mentioned of Depardieu in an interview excerpt, recalling that he “got here as much as me after which handed his hand over my hips and buttocks”.
He then reportedly requested her if she wished to come back to his dressing room; Darras declined however “that didn’t change something. He stored groping me between takes.”
Darras mentioned that she didn’t report the actor on the time for worry it could result in her being “blacklisted”. “I used to be an additional. I hadn’t even completed theatre college. I actually wished to be an actress.”
It’s understood investigators are learning the criticism, which can be barred by France’s statute of limitations, to find out whether or not or to not formalise motion towards Depardieu.
In 2018, the actor Charlotte Arnould accused the actor of rape. He denied all prices; the case is presently working its method by way of the courts.
In Could this yr, investigative information web site Médiapart printed an in-depth report detailing allegations by 13 ladies. Two separate allegations shaped a part of an investigation by French radio station France Inter.
Depardieu has denied all prices and, in October 2023, printed an open letter in French newspaper Le Figaro defending himself. “By no means, ever have I abused a girl,” he wrote. “To the media court docket, to the lynching that has been reserved for me, I’ve solely my phrase to defend myself.”
He continued by saying he’s “neither a rapist nor a predator” however wouldn’t be getting concerned in “any initiatives” given the “context” of the allegations.