French actor Gérard Depardieu has been accused of rape and sexual assault on a young actress, according to legal sources.
He denies the allegations "absolutely", said his lawyer AFP.
The charges against the 69 The Frenchwoman was formally brought to the police by a 22-year-old French actress on Monday, French radio reports.
Depardieu is one of France's most famous actors and has starred in such films as Cyrano de Bergerac and Jean de Florette
What are the allegations?
The alleged crimes occurred this month in one of Depardieu's Parisian residences, French media report.
The unnamed actress made public her statement to the police in Lambesc, southern France
Mr. Depardieu's prosecutor is an actress and author who knew the actor before the alleged crimes took place.
Depardieu's lawyer Hervé Temime said he was convinced that his client would do so exonera After the end of the investigation, there was no longer any blame.
"I had a long meeting with Gérard Depardieu and I am absolutely convinced that his innocence will be established," he told Radio France Info.