An indictment is in no way the same as a conviction. It simply means that there will be a trial and if the concerned parties are found guilty, they will be convicted. The internet convictions done before any true justice is being served are the horrors of rumors which in the past lead to people being hung or burned in public places. Without speaking about the moral damages that such rumors create and that sometimes push the innocent to commit suicide. Let the police and the judges do their job. That’s what they are doing by indicting people.
The 72-year-old actor was charged in December, but the news did not come to light until now. Agence France-Presse was the first to report the charges, citing a judicial source. Authorities could not be reached for additional information.
The actor, according to AFP, has been charged with rape and sexual assault, stemming from alleged incidents that occurred in August 2018 at his Parisian home.
The original case was closed without charges in 2019, but reportedly reopened last year. It is not clear what prompted authorities to reopen the case.
The actor’s lawyer, Hervé Témime, told French newspaper Le Monde that Depardieu „totally disputes the facts with which he is accused.“ Témime did not immediately respond to a request for additional comment.