FRENCH actor Gerard Depardieu, 72, has been charged with raping a 22-year-old actress
The 72-year-old was accused of raping the young actress in his home in Paris between August 7 and 13 2018.
At the time of the incident, Depardieu’s lawyer Herve Temime said his client, who was 69 at the time, denies the alleged crimes “absolutely”.
He added: “I had a long meeting with Gerard and am convinced his innocence will be established.”
His victim had known Depardieu before the alleged offences.
In 2013 he was pictured hugging Vladimir Putin after being handed his Russian passport.
He left France to avoid a new 75 per cent tax rate for earnings over £813,000 per year.
Putin said Depardieu would be welcome in his country — which has a 13 per cent flat rate.
He was one of the top showbiz names who faced sexual harassment and assault claims as part of the #MeToo movement.
The French-born Depardieu, has made more than 180 films, nominated for an Oscar for his title role in 1990’s Cyrano de Bergerac and won a Golden Globe best comedy actor award in 1991 for box office hit Green Card. But he has had a chequered past off-screen.