Gerard Depardieu goes to court – level 3

06-05-2024 15:00

Renowned French actor Gerard Depardieu faces trial in October for alleged sexual assaults on a 2021 film set.

Depardieu, a prominent figure in French cinema, has faced increasing sexual assault accusations in recent years, which damaged his reputation and sparked debates about sexual conduct in France. Police have questioned the actor; however, Depardieu denies any wrongdoing and has been released without charge. Moreover, he faces another indictment for a separate alleged sexual assault and rape case from August 2018, which is now under investigation by the Paris public prosecutor.

These allegations have divided society in France. Some support Depardieu as a talented actor, while others view his case as emblematic of broader issues around sexual abuse and power dynamics in the country.

Difficult words: alleged (said without proof), prominent (important and well-known), indictment (formal charge), emblematic (symbolic).

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What are some of the controversies surrounding Gerard Depardieu's sexual assault charges, and how have they sparked debates about sexual conduct in France?


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