Thursday 23 October 2014

Depardieu fined for drink-driving

Published 21/06/2013 | 10:06

Gerard Depardieu's lawyer said he plans to appeal against a fine and driving ban

A French court has fined Gerard Depardieu 4,000 euro (£3,415) and suspended his driving licence for six months in a drink-driving case that started when the actor fell off his scooter in Paris in November and ended up being taken to a police station.

Depardieu's lawyer, Eric de Caumont, said he planned to appeal against the ruling. He said Depardieu, who was not at the hearing, was in Moscow filming.

It's not the first time the 64-year-old actor has had problems after consuming alcohol. In 1998, Depardieu crashed his motorcycle when his blood-alcohol level was five times the legal limit. He escaped with leg and face injuries.

Depardieu has publicly feuded with France's ruling Socialist government and accepted a Russian passport from president Vladimir Putin.

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