Second Actress Files Sexual Assault Charges Against Gerard Depardieu: Reports

French actor Gerard Depardieu published an open letter in the outlet 'Le Figaro' in October in which he said he has "never, ever abused a woman"

<p>Pascal Le Segretain/Getty</p> Gerard Depardieu on Feb. 27, 2010

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Gerard Depardieu on Feb. 27, 2010

Gérard Depardieu is facing a new sexual assault allegation.

On Thursday, multiple outlets reported that French actor Hélène Darras has filed a complaint alleging that Depardieu, whom she worked with on the 2008 French movie Disco, sexually assaulted her on the movie's set.

French broadcaster France 2 first broke the news as it teased an upcoming interview with Darras expected to air on the investigative news series Complément d’Enquête Thursday evening. Variety confirmed the complaint's existence with a prosecutor's office in Paris, which told the outlet it is “investigating the complaint internally for the moment.”

“We’re in the process of analyzing the complaint to see if it should be handled separately or as part of the ongoing case," a spokesperson for the prosecutor's office told the outlet, referencing an ongoing rape case against Depardieu, 74.

The actor was initially accused of rape and sexual assault in 2018 and formally charged in December 2020.

In an excerpt from the interview obtained by Deadline and The Guardian, Darras recalled earning an uncredited role in Disco, which starred Depardieu, and that the star "looked at me as if I were a piece of meat." She alleged Depardieu "came up to me and then passed his hand over my hips and buttocks" and that he continually groped her between takes, even after she declined an invitation to join him in a dressing room.

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“I was an extra. I hadn’t even finished theatre school," Darras, whom IMDb credits with 12 onscreen roles between 2007 and 2017, said, per The Guardian. "I really wanted to be an actress.”

In October, Depardieu published an open letter in the French outlet Le Figaro in which he said he has "never, ever abused a woman" as he acknowledged allegations made against him. "A woman came to my house for the first time, with a light step, going up to my room of her own free will. She says today that she was raped there. She came back a second time," the French actor wrote in his open letter, per Deadline's translation of the letter.

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Though Depardieu did not name an individual in that letter, he was previously charged with raping a young actress at his Paris home in 2018. Deadline recently identified the alleged victim in that case as Charlotte Arnould. Depardieu denied those charges while speaking with Italian newspaper La Repubblica in February 2021, stating, "I am innocent and I have nothing to fear," at the time, per the AFP.

“To the media court, to the lynching that has been reserved for me, I have only my word to defend myself," Depardieu wrote in his October open letter. He wrote that he is “neither a rapist nor a predator," though he indicated he would not work during the ongoing investigation regarding his 2021 charges, per The Guardian.

<p>Foc Kan/WireImage</p> Gerard Depardieu on Jan. 10, 2017

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Gerard Depardieu on Jan. 10, 2017

In April, the French news outlet Mediapart published an investigative report in which 13 other women also accused the actor of separate incidents of sexual harassment or assault. The outlet noted in its report that the complaints came from "actresses, makeup artists and production staff" whom Depardieu worked with on 11 movies made between 2004 and 2022.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to

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