French actress Hélène Darras has denounced actor Gérard Depardieu for a sexual assault in the 2007 film Disco, according to the France Info website, which details that the complaint was filed in Paris last September, as a result of Darras' collaboration with a journalistic investigation into Depardieu.
The facts denounced date back to the filming of Fabien Onteniente's film, in which Darras obtained a small supporting role. The actress assures that Depardieu's behavior was "ungovernable" and details that he proposed to her to go to his dressing room, to which she refused, although that did not allegedly prevent the actor from continuing to "grope her".
"Gérard Depardieu is the king of the set. He looked at me like I was a piece of meat and grabbed me by the waist, touched my hips and buttocks. He once said bluntly, 'Do you want to go up to my dressing room?' I told him no, but that didn't change the fact that between takes he kept groping me," she says.
Darras recalls that he did not report earlier because he did not want to be put on the "blacklist" at the age of 26, but he wrote about how he felt in a newspaper, according to France Info. "The abysmal emptiness. I don't exist anymore. Nothingness. The invisible. My heart hurts so much. The worst wound is psychological. No one can give me back my trust, no one can give me back my life, except me," he wrote.
Until now, Hélène Darras had not filed a complaint, but had provided her testimony to the police to support that of Charlotte Arnould, who accused the actor in December 2020 of raping her in a mansion, according to the aforementioned media. This complaint comes after the 13 testimonies of women who accused Depardieu of sexual violence during the filming of 11 films released between 2004 and 2022, as reported by the French newspaper Mediapart last April.
Following the publication of these women's testimonies, the actor denied any criminally reprehensible behavior. The women who offered their testimony to Mediapart went to court, but none of them filed a complaint because they thought that their word would not be enough compared to Depardieu's, as well as the fear of the consequences on the future of their careers in the event of any public denunciation, the newspaper details.