Emmanuelle Debever – pictured here in 1983 – died aged 60 after taking her own life (Photo: MUBI)

Emmanuelle Debever, a French actress who made accusations of sexual assault against Gerard Depardieu, has died after taking her own life at the age of 60.

French newspaper Liberation was the first to report Debever's death, with police officials confirming that she died on December 7 and that her cause of death was ruled a suicide.

Debever rose to prominence as a promising young talent in French cinema in the 1980s.

She acted alongside Depardieu in the 1982 film Danton, then retreated from the spotlight and, years later, became the first actress to accuse her former co-star.

In 2019, the late movie star posted a message on Facebook, alleging that Depardieu tried to grope her while they rode in a carriage on set.

Alongside an image of them together, she wrote: “This monster allowed himself to enjoy himself a lot during filming, making the most of the intimacy inside a carriage.

Debever was the first actress to accuse Gerard Depardieu of sexual assault (Photo: AP)

'Sliding his fat paw under my skirt to, in his words, 'make me feel better'… I, I didn't allow that to happen.'

Debever died on the same day that her accusations against Depardieu were aired in a new documentary.

Titled Gerard Depardieu: The Fall of the Ogre and broadcast on France 2, the documentary explored a number of other claims made against the 74-year-old director.

An investigation into Depardieu's alleged behavior is ongoing, and he has always denied any criminal conduct.



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