The BBC reports that French authorities have launched an investigation into the claims after a woman approached authorities in southern France, claiming to have been raped at Depardieu's home in Paris on August 7 and again on August 13 of this year.
Gerard Depardieu has been accused of sexual assault and rape by a 22-year-old actress, who filed a complaint on Monday, according to French news channel BFM.
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"The young lady was perhaps trying to engage in blackmail and, having failed to get what she wanted, decided that at least this is how she'll get PR", Lyalin contended. He was also nominated for an Oscar in 1991 for his leading role in "Cyrano de Bergerac".
Depardieu "absolutely" denies the allegations.
Gérard Depardieu is the latest famous star facing sexual assault allegations. He added: "I regret the public nature of this procedure which is causing serious damage to Gérard Depardieu".
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Depardieu, one of France's most recognizable actors around the world, denied the allegations.
In 2014, he was accused of throwing water over revellers beneath his Italian flat after being annoyed by their noise.
According to Le Parisien, the Paris prosecutor's office has begun a preliminary investigation for "rape and sexual assault" against the film star.
The actor was fined in 2013 after falling off his scooter while driving drunk in Paris. He subsequently failed to turn up at the hearing, was fined €4,000, and had his license suspended for a total of six months.
Depardieu has appeared in films like "Green Card", "The Man in the Iron Mask" and "Life of Pi". Jeremy Piven, Dustin Hoffman, and Morgan Freeman have also found themselves at the centre of misconduct claims in Hollywood's #MeToo anti-harassment era, while Kevin Spacey and Italian actress Asia Argento are now under investigation amid accusations of sexual assault and inappropriate behaviour.