French actor and naturalized Russian citizen Gérard Depardieu has been accused of rape and sexual assault, and on Friday, Russian state media defended the prolific actor against the allegations.
During the segment, the news channel quoted attorney Vadim Lyalin, saying, “Who kept her from doing this after the first time?”
The unnamed actress alleges that she was assaulted during visits to Depardieu’s home on August 7 and 13.
“The young lady was perhaps trying to engage in blackmail and, having failed to get what she wanted, decided that at least this is how she’ll get PR,” Lyalin contended.
The response is similar to that offered by Russian President Vladimir Putin in the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s downfall in the U.S.: