Depardieu skips drunk driving hearing in France
PARIS (AP) — In the last three days, Gerard Depardieu met with Vladimir Putin to get Russian citizenship, got a prime seat at soccer’s biggest annual gala in Switzerland and dashed off to Montenegro to eye some real estate.
But in all this whirlwind travel, he didn’t manage to show up at a Paris court Tuesday to face a hearing on drunken driving charges because, his lawyer said, he had a vital meeting abroad for an upcoming film.
The 64-year-old French actor was in Montenegro meeting with the prime minister, it turns out.
The lawyer insisted that Depardieu, who has threatened to renounce his French citizenship and turn in his passport and social security card, wasn’t trying to dodge justice.