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Gérard Depardieu: the end of a myth?

Gérard Depardieu taking refuge in Portugal?

Gérard Depardieu blacklisted by French cinema? The famous actor, accused of rape and sexual assault, lives in seclusion in Lisbon. After allegations made by about fifteen women, he insisted on his innocence in an open letter. Under investigation since December 2020, these accusations have deeply affected him.

Discreet and diminished, he occasionally returns to Paris to see his daughter Julie, far from the spotlight and controversies. Although these allegations date back several years, he no longer receives role offers in France.

These testimonies from alleged victims, including actresses, makeup artists, and technicians, report inappropriate behavior on set. Often, these facts are minimized by evasive professional reactions, typically in the form: "Oh, it’s okay, it’s Gérard".

The actor who has marked cinema with over 200 films, is now avoided by his peers. No actress accepts to play alongside him anymore. Regarding his latest film appearances, they have been largely ignored by critics and the public. Even ousted from an animation film project, his presence in the artistic world seems increasingly ghostly.

Living in Lisbon, he faces mobility difficulties, but remains close to his family, especially his daughter Julie. She, while taking care of him, does not justify the acts he is accused of.

The actor, twice César-awarded, now finds himself isolated and distanced from the industry that consecrated him. A figure once emblematic, now desacralized and withdrawn, both in his professional and personal life.

In the end, it is justice that will decide and determine whether these accusations are founded.