French President Emmanuel Macron defended actor Gérard Depardieu and said calls to strip him of his Legion of Honour medal in the wake of multiple sexual assault allegations amounted to a “witch hunt,” according to multiple reports.
“I am a great admirer of Gérard Depardieu,” Macron said Wednesday night during an appearance on the French talk show C à Vous. The president insisted that the growing number of allegations against the renowned actor do not bring shame on the country.
“As president of the republic and as a citizen, I say he makes France proud,” Macron said.
The comments were followed by news Thursday that a Spanish journalist and writer was the latest woman to file a complaintagainst Depardieu,telling Spanish police he sexually abused her during an interview in Paris in 1995, The