She had launched a first salvo on social networks. "He'd better keep quiet and ask for forgiveness," actress Anouk Grinberg wrote on October 3 on X in reaction to the open letter from her colleague Gérard Depardieu, denying the accusations of sexual violence against him. "Anyone who has worked with Depardieu knows that he assaults women," the actress said, denouncing a "deafening silence" from the film industry in an interview with Elle to be published on Thursday, October 12.
The 60-year-old actress, former partner of Bertrand Blier, who is close to Gérard Depardieu, intends to support actress Charlotte Arnould, whom she knows well and who denounced two rapes at the star's Paris home at the end of August 2018. Depardieu was indicted in 2020 for "rape" and "sexual assault" in this investigation.
The actor was also accused of sexual violence by thirteen other women in an investigation published by Mediapart in April 2023 — again, Gérard Depardieu denied "any criminal wrongdoing". In July, France Inter reported the testimony of another woman, who claims to have been sexually assaulted by Depardieu. The facts denounced in the press would all have occurred on film sets, between 2004 and 2022.
"I've seen him do it all this time"
In early October, Depardieu retaliated by publishing an open letter denying the facts of which he is accused, denouncing a "lynching" orchestrated by the "media court" and assuring that he was "neither a rapist nor a predator". "Never, ever, have I abused a woman," he wrote.
"When he says ... that he never assaulted a woman, I've seen him do it all this time," replies Anouk Grinberg in Elle, about the 1990s, when she was Blier's partner, and the filming with Depardieu of "Merci la vie", released in 1991.
"I've seen him put his hands on women's buttocks, touching their breasts, their genitals while joking. I heard him talk all day about their, how he would like to suck them all day and no one ever said anything," she accuses.
"The team pledged allegiance, also laughed to please the kings"
"I was not spared from his verbal assaults," says Anouk Grinberg, who explains that "he and Blier would excite each other to humiliate the women and laugh about it. The team pledged allegiance, also laughing to please the kings. At that point in my life, I had no choice but to laugh with the pack to (...) have a small place," she explains.
Anouk Grinberg calls for a break of the silence to help Charlotte Arnould, the actress who filed the complaint: "Charlotte is alone in front of everyone, that's why we have to move forward as a group, that's why I'm coming out of the woodwork." "Charlotte, I KNOW you're telling the truth. "I know it because I know the crystal that you are, the iron blade too, and I know it because I know Depardieu, if it's possible to say that we know a man who doesn't know himself anymore," she wrote on X on October 3. His celebrity and impunity have ravaged his humanity. He'd better shut up and ask for forgiveness. Do not continue the crime by denying the crime. Before he dies, let him become a man again. »
— Anouk Grinberg (@anouk_grinberg) October 3, 2023
The day after the publication of his open letter, we learned that Gérard Depardieu's name had disappeared from the cast of Michel Hazanavicius' next film, "The Most Precious of Goods". An animated feature film for which he had to lend his voice.
"Gérard Depardieu and Michel Hazanavicius have decided by mutual agreement not to go through with the project," Bertrand de Labbey, the actor's agent, confirmed to Le Parisien. They saw each other a month ago. Gérard had only recorded voice tests. In the current context, he has decided not to work anymore. He could be filming, he gets calls from abroad... But he doesn't want to. »