Gerard Depardieu's trial for drunk driving postponed

Paris, Apr 5 (EFE).- Gerard Depardieu's hearing before a court in Paris for causing a motorcycle accident while drunk driving last November was delayed Friday until May 24, because the controversial French actor is in New York shooting a film about Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

The actor, who faces a sentence of up to two years in jail, had already postponed a first hearing last January.

At that time, Depardieu, 64, said he was in Montenegro to negotiate the production of a film and had no intention of "escaping justice."

Depardieu's lawyer has now made it known that his client is in New York filming a movie in which he plays former IMF chief Strauss-Kahn, known as DSK.

Defense counsel Eric de Caumont could not specify to the media whether Depardieu will appear in court on May 24.

At the time of the accident he caused, the actor had 1.8 grams of alcohol per liter of blood, while the amount authorized in France is limited to 0.5 grams.

Depardieu, one of France's most internationally renowned actors, is also famous for his excesses and for sparking controversy.

In 2005 he headbutted a paparazzo in Italy, in 2006 he was censured for insulting work inspectors during a shoot, and in 2011 he urinated in the cabin of an airliner on a flight between Paris and Dublin, among other notorious examples of his behavior.