M-Net officially turns 30 years old today – celebrating three decades of bringing viewers across the African continent premium TV content

Reeva Steenkamp's best friend finally breaks her silence with beautiful tribute on Instagram

Gerard Depardieu due back in court

2013-04-05 12:34
Gerard Depardieu
Paris - Gerard Depardieu was due in a Paris court on Friday to face a drink-driving charge but it was unclear whether the eccentric French actor would show up after skipping a previous court date.

Depardieu, who has sparked controversy in recent months by moving to Belgium and taking Russian citizenship amid a tax row with French authorities, failed to appear for a previous hearing in January.

The 64-year-old is expected to admit to the charge and escape with a fine and penalty points to his driving licence.

He was detained in Paris in November after falling off his scooter, which he had been driving while more than three times over the legal alcohol limit.

Depardieu said he had missed the previous court appearance in order to work on a film in Montenegro in which he will play disgraced former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

He risks facing criminal prosecution if he continues to avoid appearing in court.

Erratic behaviour

The Green Card and Cyrano de Bergerac star announced in November he was moving abroad after President Francois Hollande's Socialist government sought to impose a 75% tax rate on incomes over $1.3m).

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault branded the move "pathetic" and Depardieu struck back with a series of rants against the government, including an interview with Belgian media last month in which he said France was "sad" and that French people were "fed up".

After an offer from President Vladimir Putin, Depardieu also took up Russian citizenship.

Hailed as one of the greatest actors of his generation, Depardieu has in recent years become as famed for his erratic behaviour as for his acting talents.

In August, he was cautioned after punching a car driver who had forced him to swerve on his scooter, and in 2011 he generated global headlines when he tried to urinate in a bottle aboard a plane as it prepared to take off from Paris for Dublin.


24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Recent News

The Duchess of Cambridge has revealed how her daughter, Princess Charlotte, has inherited the British royal family's love of horses. Read More »

Prince William and Kate expressed their gratitude for the warm welcome they received from Canadians as they wrapped up their eight-day tour with their young children. Read More »

inside channel 24

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.