(Perpignan) The support shown this week by a few dozen French cultural figures for Gérard Depardieu in an open letter has just produced its first collateral casualty.
A French association that claims to be campaigning against all forms of abuse against children announced that it has severed its ties with the famous actor Pierre Richard.
The Les Papillons association, which was founded in Perpignan, indicates in a press release published on social networks that Pierre Richard was one of its ambassadors for three years.
The association's leaders knew of Mr. Richard's friendship with Gérard Depardieu, which arose from the films they had made together and from a certain concept of living well. But they add that there are actions and statements that cannot be accepted or apologized for, even in the name of any friendship.
Les Papillons considers the platform of support for Gérard Depardieu signed by Pierre Richard to be inappropriate, and therefore Mr Richard, aged 89, is no longer one of its ambassadors.
A recent documentary presents accusations of sexual misconduct made by 16 women against Gérard Depardieu and shows the actor making lewd remarks and gestures during a trip to North Korea in 2018.
Gerard Depardieu denies any wrongdoing.
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