French actress Hélène Darras has filed an official criticism in opposition to Gérard Depardieu, claiming the French star sexually assaulted her on the set of the 2007 movie Disco.
Darras is the second lady to go public with allegations in opposition to Depardieu, following actress Charlotte Arnould who filed a criticism in 2018, accusing the 74-year-old actor of rape. Arnould’s case is at the moment working its manner by means of the courts. Depardieu has denied all prices.
Complément d’Enquête, an investigative information present on France 2, broke the Darras information, teasing extracts of an unique interview with the actress, which can air on French TV on Thursday night time.
French media is reporting that Darras lodged her criticism with the Paris Prosecutor’s Workplace on Sept. 10.
Within the present’s interview with Darras, she recounts how Depardieu harassed her on the set of Disco when she was 26 years previous and had a walk-on function as a dance competitors contestant. The comedy from director Fabien Onteniente stars Franck Dubosc. Depardieu had a supporting function.
“He checked out me as if I had been a chunk of meat,” Darras mentioned of Depardieu in an interview excerpt. She famous she was carrying a really tight costume as a part of her costume, saying the French actor “got here as much as me after which handed his hand over my hips and buttocks.”
On the time, Darras mentioned she didn’t report the star out of worry for her future profession. “I used to be an additional. I hadn’t even completed theater faculty. I actually needed to be an actress and I didn’t need to be blacklisted at 26,” she instructed Complément d’Enquête.
Depardieu has confronted a number of allegations of sexual assault, some relationship again many years.
Earlier this yr, investigative information web site Médiapart revealed an in-depth report detailing allegations by 13 ladies. An investigation by French radio station France Inter reported on two separate allegations.
Depardieu, Oscar-nominated for his efficiency in Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s Cyrano de Bergerac and one of many best-known and most profitable European actors of his technology, has denied all prices in opposition to him.
In October, he revealed 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.”