Gérard Depardieu was charged with raping an actress last December.

The 72-year-old actor allegedly abused the woman in the summer of 2018, but he denies the allegations, AFP news agency reported Tuesday.

Dépardieu is also charged with the sexual assault of the same woman.

The name of the actress is not mentioned.

On August 1, 2020, the Paris Public Prosecutor's Office asked an investigating judge to investigate the rape allegations against 71-year-old Depardieu.

Since then, the investigation has resumed and the actor has been questioned by authorities several times.

Depardieu, known for films such as

The Man in the Iron Mask

and

Cyrano de Bergerac

, is said to have raped the actress twice in his home in Paris.

The abuse is said to have occurred on August 7 and 13, but due to a lack of evidence, the investigation was halted in 2019.

To get the investigation going again, the actress filed a new complaint in 2020, but this time with the authorities.

This forced the French prosecution service to reopen the investigation.