Depardieu held over drunken scooter crash


French actor Gerard Depardieu was detained for driving his scooter while drunk yesterday after he had a minor accident in Paris, prosecutors said.

The star of films such as Jean de Florette and Green Card was held for questioning after he fell from his scooter mid-afternoon, slightly injuring his elbow. No one else was hurt in the incident.

One of France’s best-known actors for roles in more than a hundred films, Depardieu (63) has recently grabbed headlines for the wrong reasons.

The incident came just months after a car driver filed a legal complaint for assault and battery against Depardieu following an altercation in Paris. Last year, Depardieu outraged passengers by urinating in the aisle of an Air France flight as it prepared to take off, forcing the aircraft to turn back. – (Reuters)