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Depardieu fined, has licence suspended over drink-driving

A court on Friday ordered eccentric French actor Gerard Depardieu to pay a 4,000 euro ($5,290) fine and suspended his driver's licence for six months for driving his scooter in Paris while drunk. The 64-year-old star, who has made headlines in recent months with erratic behaviour and a tax feud with French authorities, was arrested in November after falling off his scooter while more than three times over the legal alcohol limit. He was sentenced in absentia after repeatedly skipping court appearances. Depardieu has in recent weeks been filming a movie in Russia.

Depardieu fined, has licence suspended, over drink-driving

A French court on Friday ordered actor Gerard Depardieu to pay a 4,000 euro ($5,290) fine and suspended his driver's license for six months for driving his scooter in Paris while drunk. The 64-year-old star, who has made headlines in recent months with erratic behaviour and a tax feud with French authorities, was arrested in November after falling off his scooter while more than three times over the legal alcohol limit. He was sentenced in absentia after repeatedly skipping court appearances. Depardieu has in recent weeks been filming a movie in Russia.

'World citizen' Depardieu to seek Algerian passport

French actor and new Russian national Gerard Depardieu said Sunday he was applying for an Algerian passport and possibly others, describing himself a "world citizen". The 64-year-old star, one of the world's most prolific actors, acquired Russian nationality in January after getting into a fight with the French authorities over a new 75-percent tax on the super-rich. "I would like to have seven" passports, he told France's Journal du Dimanche. "I'm going to ask for an Algerian one and others as well," he said. "This will help me avoid visas."

Depardieu to open restaurant in Russian city where he lives

Moscow, May 20 (EFE).- French actor Gerard Depardieu, a Russian citizen since early this year, is soon to open a restaurant in the city where he now resides, authorities in the Mordovia region said Monday. "Depardieu told us that he will soon open a restaurant that aims to attract creative, enterprising people," Valeri Maresiev, information minister for the Russian Republic of Mordovia, told the Interfax news agency.

Depardieu and Hurley team up for Russia-set thriller

French actor Gerard Depardieu, who was granted Russian citizenship by President Vladimir Putin, is set to film a thriller in Moscow and Grozny with British actress Elizabeth Hurley. Hurley revealed on Twitter on Wednesday that she was shopping for costumes in Moscow after arriving to make the film with the veteran French actor. "Hello Moscow!" she wrote on Twitter on Tuesday after writing on May 11 that she was "prepping for a new movie I start next week in Russia with Gerard Depardieu."

Busy shooting DSK film, Depardieu fails to turn up in court

Busy shooting a film about disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Gerard Depardieu failed to turn up at a Paris hearing Friday to face a drink-driving charge, the second time he has skipped court.The actor, who has sparked controversy recently by moving to Belgium and taking Russian citizenship amid a tax row with French authorities, had also failed to appear at a January hearing due to previous engagements on the film.'He wanted to be present, but he couldn't, he really regrets it,' his lawyer told the court Friday, adding Depardieu was currently in New York to shoot

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."

Busy with DSK film, Depardieu misses drink-drive court case

Busy shooting a film about disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Gerard Depardieu failed to turn up at a Paris hearing Friday to face a drink-driving charge, the second time he has skipped court. The actor, who has sparked controversy recently by moving to Belgium and taking Russian citizenship amid a tax row with French authorities, had also failed to appear at a January hearing due to previous engagements on the film.

Busy shooting DSK film, Depardieu fails to turn up in court

Busy shooting a film about disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Gerard Depardieu failed to turn up at a Paris hearing Friday to face a drink-driving charge, the second time he has skipped court. The actor, who has sparked controversy recently by moving to Belgium and taking Russian citizenship amid a tax row with French authorities, had also failed to appear at a January hearing due to previous engagements on the film.

Busy shooting DSK film, Depardieu fails to turn up in court

Busy shooting a film about disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Gerard Depardieu failed to turn up at a Paris hearing Friday to face a drink-driving charge, the second time he has skipped court. The actor, who has sparked controversy recently by moving to Belgium and taking Russian citizenship amid a tax row with French authorities, had also failed to appear at a January hearing due to previous engagements on the film.
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