The film opens with the star ogling a woman and exclaiming: ‘Oh là là, très belle’
Gérard Depardieu, the French actor, made sexual comments about a 10-year-old girl and groped his interpreter’s bottom while visiting North Korea, damning new documentary footage shows.
‘Gérard Depardieu, the fall of the Ogre’ shows the 74-year-old making a torrent of misogynistic remarks and seemingly unwelcome sexual advances during his 2018 tour of the reclusive state.
The documentary will air this evening on Complément d’Enquête, the weekly investigative programme on France 2, whose British equivalent is BBC1.
It opens with the star, who is facing rape and sexual assault charges in France, ogling a woman and exclaiming: “Oh là là, très belle”.
The more-than-hour-long film goes on to show a seemingly inebriated Depardieu uttering a litany of explicit remarks to his own amusement.
Series of lewd remarks
At one point, Depardieu is seen visiting a horse riding centre, where a 10-year-old girl is practising.
While the child is trotting around the enclosure, he makes a series of lewd remarks, saying that women get sexual pleasure out of riding horses and calling them “sluts”.
“Why don’t you get on a horse?” he asks his interpreter. “It does you good, you know. Generally, women who ride like a lot of other things, there’s a life in it.”
His female interpreter comes in for particularly egregious treatment throughout the visit.
“Pretty little darling. I’m in great shape, I slept a lot. If you only knew the dreams I’ve had, I know you like the back of my hand,” Depardieu tells her at one point.
“You’re going to take a nice shower and think of me,” he goes on.
In another scene, he turns to her after weighing himself and says: “124 kilos, and right now I’m not erect, erect is 126.”
“I’ve got a beam in my pants,” Depardieu adds.
The film goes on to show a seemingly inebriated Depardieu uttering a litany of explicit remarks
Another exchange sees the actor pull the interpreter close beside him before telling another woman to “take a picture while I touch her bottom”.
The footage was shot by Yann Moix, a friend of the actor who accompanied Depardieu on his visit to North Korea to mark the totalitarian state’s 70th anniversary.
Testimony from Helene Darras
In one scene, Moix can be heard telling the interpreter: “You picked the short straw with Gérard.”
The documentary, which features just a few minutes of footage from the North Korea trip, also contains testimony from a fellow French actor, Helene Darras, who accuses Depardieu of groping her while they were working on the 2007 film Disco.
Ms Darras, who was working as an extra, was aged 26 at the time of the alleged incident.
Paris prosecutors confirmed on Thursday that she had filed a legal complaint. They now must decide whether or not to launch a probe.
Christian Saint-Palais, Depardieu’s lawyer, could not immediately be reached for comment.
“It took me a year to go from talking about what happened (in the media) to the criminal complaint,” Ms Darras told the AFP news agency.
“Walking through the door of a police station, telling an officer someone touched your intimate parts, it’s not easy, you need time to think about it,” she added.
He “ran his hand over my thighs and my buttocks” then “said straight out: ‘Do you want to come to my dressing room?’,” Ms Darras alleged.
She rejected his alleged advances, but “that didn’t change anything,” she added. “He kept groping me between takes”.
The actress said she “couldn’t give a damn” if the allegations are too old to be investigated.
She added she “wanted to respond to the defence that plays down our allegations by saying they’re ‘just’ witness accounts”.
Depardieu was charged in Paris three years ago after actor Charlotte Arnould accused him of raping her twice in his upmarket Left Bank mansion in 2018. He denies the charges.
More than a dozen women have since accused him of sexual violence in the press. Depardieu denied all the allegations levelled at him in an open letter.
In October, it was revealed that he had been cut from the cast of Michel Hazanavicius’s next film.
Depardieu has also been removed from promotional material advertising other features he has featured in. Several performances of Barbara, a 2017 biopic he starred in, have been disrupted by feminist protests.
Addressing his alleged crimes, one industry insider cited in the new documentary says: “One can say that French cinema was not unaware that Gerard Depardieu’s behaviour was problematic.”
Another said: “You can say what you like about Gérard, except that he’s a rapist.”
In a letter to Le Figaro in October, Depardieu insisted that he was “neither a rapist nor a predator.”
“Never, but never have I abused a woman,” he wrote, saying that he would not be getting involved in “any projects” given the “context” of the allegations made against him.
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