French star Gerard Depardieu denies alleged sex assaults

Gerard Depardieu the famous french actor known for his roles such as Cyrano de Bergerac has been accused of rape by an un-named actress

Prosecutors in Aix-en-Provence referred the investigation to police and prosecutors in Paris.

Depardieu, one of France's most notable stars, has occasionally crossed over into American films, including The Man in the Iron Mask, Last Holiday and Life of Pi.

The Paris public prosecutor's office has opened a preliminary inquiry over alleged "rapes and sexual assaults". "The case was passed on to the Paris prosecutor".

Depardieu "absolutely" denies the allegations.

In the meantime, Depardieu and his legal team have released a statement denying the accusations against him.

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Depardieu, one of France's best-known film actors, was given Russian citizenship in 2013 by the president, Vladimir Putin, after publicly criticising France's high taxes and taking up residence overseas. "He will cooperate in the investigation and will answer questions", Herve Temime told BFM television.

The woman, whose name isn't mention in filings, claims she is a dancer and sometimes-actress in her 20s, and Depardieu, who is in his 60s, had been giving her career advice.

Temime added that Depardieu is "shaken" by the allegations, which are against "everything he is and respects".

Gerard Depardieu, the famous french actor known for his roles such as Cyrano de Bergerac, has been accused of rape by an un-named actress. Not only that, but Russian President Vladimir Putin invited him to dinner where he personally presented the actor with his Russian citizenship.

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