Gérard Depardieu’s Wax Statue Withdrawn From French Museum

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Gérard Depardieu's wax statue withdrawn from the Musée Grevin in Paris - Copyright AFP

After several accusations of abuse levelled against him by several women, French actor, Gérard Depardieu’s wax statue has been yanked from the Grévin Museum in Paris.

The museum explained the removal of Gérard Depardieu’s double from the “Wax Hall of Fame of Celebrities” was necessitated by the hostile reactions of visitors who frequent the archives.

Depardieu faced harsh public scrutiny and criticism after a documentary released last week in French media revealed him passing derogatory and misogynistic comments about women.

The 74-year-old actor who has been under investigation for rape since 2020, was captured in the report on the “Complément d’enquête” programme on France 2 TV.

Gérard Depardieu’s wax statue was unveiled at the Grévin Museum in 1981 alongside 250 statues of other historic figures and celebrities.

It is reported that he risks losing his Légion d’honneur title -one of Frances’ highest torder of merits-  as Rima Abdul Malak, the French Minister of Culture, declared last week that disciplinary proceedings had been launched against Depardieu in the Order of the Legion of Honour. He has already been stripped of similar titles in Canada (Ordre national du Québec) and Belgium ( honorary citizen of the municipality of Estaimpuis).

Amid these controversies, his daughter, French actress Julie Depardieu, has defended her father, claiming an “unprecedented manhunt” against a man “who has a freedom of speech” in a world where “nobody dares to speak any more”.

“I am surprised by the violence of the rejection of this man who has been idolised all his life”, she added on CNews.

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