Roberto Alagna Among 50 Artists Defending Gerard Depardieu in Open Letter

By Francisco Salazar

Tenor Roberto Alagna has signed an open letter alongside 50 actors in support of Gérard Depardieu.

The letter which was posted on Monday, Dec. 25 in Le Figaro said, “We can no longer remain silent in the face of the lynching he is facing” and added, that he is being attacked “in defiance of a presumption of innocence from which he would have benefited, like everyone else, if he weren’t the cinema giant he is.”

The letter also noted, “France owes him so much. Cinema and theatre cannot do without his unique and extraordinary personality” and “Nobody can erase the indelible imprint of his work on our times.”

Alagna is joined by Chiara Muti, Charlotte Rampling, Carla Bruni, and Emmanuelle Seigner, among others.

The open letter comes after French President Emmanuel Macron defended the actor and said that he was the target of “manhunt.”

Gerard Depardieu was accused in April 2023 by 13 women of sexual assault and sexual harassment pertaining to incidents that occurred between 2004 and 2022. As a result, he was stripped of the National Order of Quebec and his wax figure was removed from a French museum.