Gerard Depardieu accused of assaulting a motorist following collision in Paris
Gerard Depardieu has been accused of assaulting a motorist following a collision in Paris.
Gerard Depardieu, 63, who hit the headlines last year for peeing on a plane, allegedly punched a driver in the face.
The motorist filed a complaint with the local prosecutor’s office on Wednesday accusing Gerard Depardieu of assault and battery following the alleged incident in the capital’s Sixth Arrondissement, near the Saint Sulpice Church.
After Gerard Depardieu’s scooter allegedly collided with the unnamed driver, an argument ensued.
The motorist claims the actor punched him in the face, leaving him injured.
An official from the prosecutor’s officer said: “There was a confrontation and the driver filed a complaint.”
Last August, Gerard Depardieu was in the headlines again after he was banned from an Air France flight for urinating in the aisle.
The actor was desperate for the toilet as the plane prepared to take off after he was told he would have to wait to use the bathroom.
Gerard Depardieu tried to urinate in a bottle, but it overflowed on to the floor. The flight ended up being delayed two hours while it was cleaned, and the actor was told he could not fly.
Explaining the scenario on CNN last year, he said: “I’m not a monster. I’m just a man who wants to pee.”
The bottle overflowed because, as he explained: “I am an elephant . . . I have a lot of pee.
“I don’t understand why she blocked the door.”
Asked if he was drunk at the time and if there was “any wine involved”, Gerard Depardieu, who co-owns a vineyard, replied: “No.”
A statement released by his companion on the flight, actor Edouard Baer said the actor “offered to clean up the mess”.
Edouard Baer also claimed: “Gerard is very sorry for what happened. He wanted to go to the toilet but he was forbidden because we were about to take off, so he was forced to do it on the plane in front of everybody.
“He has prostate problems and it was very worrying and humiliating for him. He was also stone-cold sober at the time. This is not the way he usually behaves.”