France drops Depardieu rape investigation

French prosecutors have dropped a rape investigation against actor Gerard Depardieu.
French prosecutors have dropped a rape investigation against actor Gerard Depardieu.

French prosecutors have dropped an investigation into rape allegations against the actor Gerard Depardieu, the public prosecutor's office says.

One of France's most prolific actors, Depardieu, 70, has starred in about 170 movies throughout his career and gained international recognition in 1990 with his starring role in the English language comedy Green Card.

In a statement on Tuesday, the prosecutor's office said investigators had not been able to stand up the allegations.

French media said the complaint had been lodged by a 22-year-old French actress.

In February, French prosecutors also dropped their investigation into rape allegations against film director Luc Besson, the director of La Femme Nikita and The Fifth Element.

Depardieu has drawn criticism in the West in recent years for his close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Australian Associated Press