Monday 26 January 2015

Court no-show for actor Depardieu

Published 08/01/2013 | 10:41

Gerard Depardieu poses with his new Russian passport, but has denied he is trying to escape the taxman in France

Gerard Depardieu will not turn up at a Paris court to face charges of drink-driving, his lawyer has said.

Eric de Caumont confirmed his client's no-show to journalists outside the Palais de Justice in Paris.

The 64-year-old French actor was detained by police last November after he fell off his scooter in north-west Paris.

Depardieu has caused controversy in recent weeks for other reasons - last Saturday he received a Russian passport from President Vladimir Putin.

Last month, Depardieu threatened to return his French passport after Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called him "pathetic" for deciding to move to tax-friendly Belgium.

But Depardieu has denied accepting Russian citizenship to escape the taxman.

In an interview on L'Equipe 21 sports channel, the actor said: "I have a Russian passport, but I remain French and I will probably have dual Belgian nationality.

"But if I'd wanted to escape the taxman, as the French press say, I would have done it a long time ago."

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