French prosecutors have dropped an investigation into rape allegations made towards actor Gérard Depardieu.
The 70-year-old had all the time denied the accusations, made by a younger French actress final 12 months.
The prosecutor’s workplace mentioned the investigators weren’t in a position to get up the allegations.
Mr Depardieu is one among France’s most recognisable actors, and has starred in movies equivalent to Cyrano de Bergerac and Jean de Florette.
The accuser claimed the alleged crimes had occurred final August in one among Mr Depardieu’s Paris residences when she was 22 years outdated, French media reported on the time.
When the allegations emerged, Mr Depardieu’s lawyer, Hervé Temime, mentioned the actor was “shaken” and that the claims went towards “all the pieces [the actor] is and respects”.
In a press release, the prosecutor’s workplace mentioned: “Numerous investigations undertaken as a part of this process haven’t enabled us to characterise the crimes alleged in all of their particular person components.”
In a position to mix bearish physicality with emotional delicacy on display, Mr Depardieu has acted in some 170 movies, getting his large break in 1973 with Les Valseuses (Going Locations).
He received one of the best actor award for Cyrano at Cannes in 1990, and was nominated for an Oscar for a similar function.
Inexperienced Card, an English-language comedy made the identical 12 months, introduced him additional acclaim outdoors the French-speaking world.
Off-screen, he has made headlines lately for attacking French tax legal guidelines, transferring to Belgium in protest and later creating shut ties to Vladimir Putin’s Russia.