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"Further investigation": Gérard Depardieu "is neither a rapist nor a predator", defends his former agent

2023-12-07T23:27:27.840Z

Highlights: "Further investigation": Gérard Depardieu "is neither a rapist nor a predator", defends his former agent. "I think he's deeply affected, that it turns him off. With this tomb of insults falling upon him, he has no possibility of escape.. He is accountable for the actions of his friend and former protégé," says Jean-Louis Livi. The actor, a monster of French cinema, was indicted on December 16, 2020 for rape and sexual assault.


"I think he's deeply affected, that it turns him off. With this tomb of insults falling upon him, he has no possibility of escape.


He is accountable for the actions of his friend and former protégé. After the broadcast of a damning episode of "Complement" on actor Gérard Depardieu on Thursday night, his former agent, Jean-Louis Livi, sought to defend the famous French comedian, who has been the target of several complaints of sexual assault, and pinned down for his inappropriate attitude towards many women who have crossed his path.

🗣️ "I think he's stupid. He behaves as if to amuse the gallery. (...) That's not it, Depardieu!"

🔴 Jean-Louis Livi, Gérard Depardieu's long-time producer and agent, reacts to the images of the actor on a trip to Korea, on the set of #ComplementDenquete pic.twitter.com/Rp29du1dFi

— Further investigation (@Cdenquete) December 7, 2023

"I was the one who convinced myself to be here tonight. I've known Gérard Depardieu for 40 years. I know him well, and so I would still like to say my few truths, "said Jean-Louis Livi at the beginning of the program, specifying that Gérard Depardieu did not wish to respond to the accusations made in the investigative program broadcast on France 2. "I think he's deeply affected, that it turns him off. With this tomb of insults falling on him, he doesn't have the opportunity to express himself, or he doesn't want to. »

Does the producer consider his friend to be a predator? "Certainly not," thundered Jean-Louis Livi, at the end of the show, relaying numerous testimonies of women denouncing the actor's actions, and showing his outrageous behavior towards women in North Korea.

Read alsoGérard Depardieu: new complaint, shocking video, testimonies... What "Further Investigation" reveals

"We can't look at what we've seen without feeling a great sense of unease, a deep compassion for the people who testify. But in the end, it's a totally incriminating case. It is obvious that it is a media show trial that has been presented to us," the agent reacted to journalist Tristan Waleckx.

"I know Gérard Depardieu. He is neither a rapist nor a predator. It's not true. It's a monster, yes, but it's also a sacred monster. It's a monument," insisted Jean-Louis Livi. "There is the presumption of innocence. So far, Gérard Depardieu has not been convicted. (...) The Ministry of Justice is not media justice," continued the film professional, who assured that he still sees himself producing films with Gérard Depardieu in the future, because "he is the best actor of all time".

Depardieu targeted by several complaints

The actor, a monster of French cinema, was indicted on December 16, 2020 for rape and sexual assault after a complaint by actress Charlotte Arnould, who denounced two rapes at the end of August 2018 at the actor's Paris home.

In the summer of 2020, she obtained that the investigation, first closed by the prosecutor's office in June 2019, be entrusted to an investigating judge. Since then, a dozen other women have accused Gérard Depardieu of sexual violence in the press.

A second complaint of sexual assault against actor Gérard Depardieu has also been filed by actress Hélène Darras, it was learned on Wednesday. The complaint was filed on September 10, for statute-barred facts dating back to 2007 on the set of the movie "Disco".

A rude attitude towards women

Based on a never-before-seen video shot in 2018 during a trip with writer Yann Moix to North Korea, "Complement" also claims that whenever the actor is in the presence of women during this trip, he can't help but make comments of a sexual nature.

Inappropriate remarks, gestures and throat noises mimicking the sexual act, punctuate his exchanges with women. At a stud farm, he said that "women love to ride horses (because) their clit rubs against the saddle (...) they enjoy it enormously." She continued: "They're big sluts."

"I've got a beam in my boxer shorts!"

🔴 #ComplementDenquete retrieved never-before-seen images of Gérard Depardieu during a trip to North Korea in 2018.

The actor has made a series of lewd comments about the women he meets.

▶️ Tonight at 23 p.m. on France 2 pic.twitter.com/dtOrb2AHF3

— Further investigation (@Cdenquete) December 7, 2023

As for film sets, several testimonies, including those of Sarah Brooks, in the Mediapart investigation, and Anouk Grinberg, in an interview with Elle magazine in October, point to a "sexualized atmosphere" where omerta reigns.

"Complement" also unearths an interview conducted in 1978 with an American magazine. In it, he says he was involved in rape at the age of nine. "There was nothing wrong with that," he reportedly said. Years later, he maintained this in front of a Time Magazine reporter. These allegations have never been verified and are being denied by his relatives.

For the president of the producers' union, Marc Missionnier, the only one who wanted to testify with his face uncovered, "French cinema was not unaware of Gérard Depardieu's problematic behaviour".

Source: leparis

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