French film star Depardieu to face trial for sexual assault on movie set

French police on Monday questioned screen legend Gérard Depardieu after two women accused him of sexual assault, his lawyer confirmed, adding that the actor was later released. The Paris prosecutor's office said Depardieu would face trial over the allegations in October.

French media had reported earlier that Depardieu was in police custody for questioning about allegations made by two women that he sexually assaulted them on movie sets.

The 75-year-old actor was ordered to appear before a criminal court in October to face charges of sexual assault, the Paris prosecutor's office said.

"Gérard Depardieu was given a summons to appear before the criminal court. He will be tried in October 2024 for sexual assaults likely to have been committed in September 2021 to the detriment of two victims, on the set of the film 'The Green Shutters'," said a statement.

Earlier Monday, Depardieu was detained for questioning for several hours at a police station in the 14th district of Paris. His lawyer, Christian Saint-Palais, later declined to comment to reporters other than to say that the actor was no longer in custody.

A lawyer for one of the alleged victims did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

A giant of French film, Depardieu has made more than 200 films and television series.

In an open letter last October, he said: "I have never, ever abused a woman."

Sex assault allegations

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)

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