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Depardieu skips drink-drive court for Strauss-Kahn film

Published on Jan 9, 2013 6:04 AM
French actor Gerard Depardieu (left) attends a news conference with Mr Milo Djukanovic, Montenegrin Prime Minister, in Podgorica, Jan 8, 2013. Depardieu failed to show up in court to face drunk-driving charges on Tuesday because he was in Montenegro preparing to play disgraced former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a film, his lawyer said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AFP) - Gerard Depardieu skipped a drink-driving court appearance in Paris on Tuesday to work on a film in Montenegro in which he will play Mr Dominique Strauss-Kahn, but claimed he had told French officials he would be absent and the matter had been settled.

The Cyrano De Bergerac, Green Card and Asterix & Obelix star, who has already pleaded guilty to driving his scooter while intoxicated, could not attend court because he was on a planned trip to Montenegro, Depardieu told reporters in Podgorica.

"I fled neither from the court, nor from justice," Depardieu said after meeting with Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic.

"I informed the court, I never fled... I am ready to appear when they want, on the condition that I am there and that I can defend myself," the French star said.

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