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Gerard Depardieu Banned From Driving After DUI

Paris courts fine the actor and suspend his license over last year's scooter DUI.


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By Victoria Kim


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French film actor Gerard Depardieu, who was arrested last year after drunkenly falling off his scooter, has been banned from driving for six months and fined 4,000 euros ($5,294) for drunk driving. His blood-alcohol content was found to be three times above the legal limit at the time of the accident, which caused him to injure his elbow; no one else was hurt. The 64-year-old star of such films as Green Card and Cyrano de Bergerac did not appear in Paris court today for the sentencing. After failing to appear at his January DUI hearing, his charge was elevated to criminal court, which could have resulted in losing his license and two years in jail. The actor's public drunkenness made headlines in 2011 when he was thrown off an AirFrance flight for urinating in the aisle before take-off. He recently changed his citizenship to Russian, citing tax concerns, and plans to open a restaurant there.

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