Gerard Depardieu, embroiled in a high-profile tax row that saw the French actor take Russian nationality and angrily vow to quit France, has failed to turn up in a Paris court to face drunk driving charges.
The 64-year-old Cyrano de Bergerac, Green Card and Asterix & Obelix star, who has admitted driving his scooter while intoxicated, would have escaped with a small fine and penalty points on his driving licence if he had appeared.
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French actor, Gerard Depardieu, fails to appear in a Paris court for his hearing on drunk driving charges.
He had been due to appear for sentencing on Tuesday but now faces a criminal court hearing which may lead to a fine of $5664 and a possible prison sentence of up to two years.
He was detained in Paris in November after falling off his scooter, which he had been riding while more than three times over the legal alcohol limit.
Depardieu on Monday attended one of football's top award ceremonies, the Ballon d'Or, in Switzerland, after spending the weekend in Russia, where President Vladimir Putin met him and he was given him a Russian passport.
Taking Russian nationality was the latest volley in a highly publicised row between Depardieu and the French government over its attempt to raise the tax rate on earnings of more than $1.26 million to 75 per cent.