Depardieu ‘punched motorist in the face’

French actor Gérard Depardieu has been reported to police after allegedly hitting a motorist in the face following a collision with his moped.

Depardieu 'punched motorist in the face'
Thore Siebrands

The incident reportedly happened in the sixth arrondissement of Paris, where the French actor was riding on his moped. After the accident with a car, an argument apparently broke out, and ended with Depardieu punching the motorist in the face.

Depardieu has a history of road rage. In 2009 he was called in for questioning by Parisian police after a violent altercation with a car driver. The case was eventually settled out of court.

In 2005, a paparazzi photographer suffered at the hands of the 62-year-old when he got punched in the face.

Just a year ago, Depardieu was caught urinating into a bottle at his seat on a flight from Paris to Dublin. Friends with him on the flight confirmed he had to relieve himself urgently, but could not go to the toilets because the flight was just about to take off.

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France’s Gérard Depardieu lashes out at George Clooney

Maverick French actor Gérard Depardieu Friday took aim at the Oscars, "The Revenant" and George Clooney, criticising Hollywood for its "comfort" bubble.

France's Gérard Depardieu lashes out at George Clooney
Depardieu and Clooney. Photos: AFP
He rejected the pomp surrounding US cinema, saying he preferred to get into the gritty side of movies.
“When I think about the Oscars, with 'The Revenant', the caravans, the warmth and all of that. We tell them: go roll in shit. I am sure that shit is fragrant,” he said at a press conference during the Berlin film festival, referring to the movie staring Leonardo DiCaprio.
“That's the fabulous comfort of cinema. I like things that are not comfortable, even if I scream all the time. I'm shouting all the time over a film. I start by saying 'no, nein'. And then I make it. That's how it is, that's life.”
Depardieu, 67, also took a dig at Clooney over his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel when the Hollywood star offered to lend a hand solving Europe's refugee crisis.
“We see these Syrian refugees, and George Clooney went to see Madame Merkel. I think that didn't go well. Today, we want to be an actor, a politician, an ecologist,” he mocked.
Depardieu is no stranger to controversy, and has even sparked an outcry in his native France for taking Russian nationality after befriending President Vladimir Putin.
The actor, who was presenting his new film “Saint-Amour” in Berlin, reiterated that he has “a lot of admiration for Vladimir Putin, for what he has done, and for the Russian people”.
He acknowledged that his pro-Russian stance displeases his “some French intellectuals, including my friends”.
But he said: “I believe what I see.”
The Berlin film festival ends on Sunday.