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2023-12-26 17:10 More than 50 French actors defend Depardieu despite sexual abuse allegations

2023-12-26 17:10 More than 50 French actors defend Depardieu despite sexual abuse allegations © FRANCE 24

More than 50 French performers, writers and producers published an essay Tuesday defending film star and national icon Gerard Depardieu amid growing scrutiny of his behavior toward women during his five-decade career. Advocates for sexual abuse victims expressed dismay at the outpouring of support. Depardieu was handed preliminary rape and sexual assault charges in 2020 following allegations from actress Charlotte Arnould, and has been accused by more than a dozen other women of harassing, groping or sexually assaulting them. Depardieu denies wrongdoing, and called the essay ‘’beautiful.’’ French President Emmanuel Macron also drew ire when he said last week that Depardieu ’’makes France proud.″

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