A rape investigation in opposition to the French actor Gérard Depardieu might be reopened after his accuser refiled her criticism when prosecutors dropped a earlier inquiry, sources near the case have mentioned.

The accuser, an actor in her 20s who accuses Depardieu, 71, of raping and assaulting her at his house in Paris in August 2018, refiled a criticism after prosecutors dropped the case in June 2019, citing a scarcity of proof.

After she reported her allegations in opposition to the actor – who denies any wrongdoing – prosecutors within the southern metropolis of Aix-en-Provence opened a preliminary investigation which they then handed on to their Paris colleagues.

The Paris investigation was dropped after 9 months. Investigators mentioned that they had didn’t assemble sufficient proof to proceed to formal fees.

The accuser later refiled her claims, which beneath French regulation virtually all the time results in a case being examined by an investigating Justice of the Peace.

A supply near the investigation informed AFP on Wednesday that the choice had formally been taken. It was additionally confirmed by a judicial supply.

Depardieu’s lawyer, Hervé Temime, mentioned he had not been knowledgeable of the case’s reopening, however referred to as it a “non-event, as it’s an automated choice” that an investigating Justice of the Peace be appointed.

Depardieu, a celebrity in France because of movies akin to Cyrano de Bergerac, Jean de Florette and Camille Claudel, has additionally had a profitable worldwide profession, working amongst others with Peter Weir in Inexperienced Card and with Ridley Scott in 1492.

He holds each French and Russian citizenship – buying the latter in 2013 in protest in opposition to a proposed tax improve in France on wealthier residents.