It's claimed the accusations were reported to police in Lambesc, southern France on August 27, alleging she was abused twice by the actor within Depardieu's Parisian home on Tuesday 7 and Monday 13 August.
Paris public prosecutor's office has opened a preliminary inquiry into allegations against Depardieu after a complaint. The lawyer declined to say if Depardieu was in France on today or to give details on the actor's connection to the woman, who was identified by French media as a 22-year-old comedian and dancer.
Depardieu is France's biggest worldwide star and has made more than 180 films but he has not been far from controversy. "The case was passed on to the Paris prosecutor".
French actor Gerard Depardieu was accused of sexual harassment and rape by an actress in her 20s.
"I have strong elements to show that no offense took place", Temime said, adding that the offense was "the opposite" of Depardieu's personality.
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Depardieu's lawyer, Hervé Témime, told BFM that his client strongly denied the allegations. He gained global recognition after starring in the 1990 film Green Card.
Depardieu, 69, is one of France's global film icons and an Oscar-nominee for his role in 1990's Cryano de Bergrac. In 2014, he starred in Welcome to NY, a film inspired by the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair.
Other notable Depardieu performances include roles in Francois Truffaut's "The Last Metro", the Marcel Pagnol-inspired film "Jean de Florette", "The Valley of Love" and four "Asterix and Obelix" films.
In recent years, Depardieu has hit headlines for his friendship with Russia's Vladimir Putin and his criticism of the French government.