French prosecutors drop rape case against Depardieu

Paris (AFP) –


Prosecutors probing French star Gerard Depardieu over allegations that he raped a young actress have closed the case due to lack of evidence to back up the claims, the Paris prosecutor's office said Tuesday.

"A number of investigations undertaken as part of this procedure have not enabled us to characterise the crimes alleged in all of their individual parts," the prosecutor's office said.

Depardieu, star of The Last Metro and the Asterix and Obelix films, was accused of raping and assaulting an actress at his mansion in the French capital's chic 6th district between August 7 and 13 last year.

The allegations came in the wake of scandals involving prominent men following rape and assault claims levelled against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement which spread worldwide.

Depardieu had always maintained his innocence.