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Depardieu no-show at drunk driving hearing

posted 8 Jan 2013, 07:33 by Mpelembe   [ updated 8 Jan 2013, 07:33 ]

Reuters Business Video Report - French film star Gerard Depardieu, seen here walking the red carpet in Switzerland on Monday, failed to show up for a court hearing in Paris a day later.

The actor faces charges over a drunk driving incident that occurred while he was riding his scooter inParis in November.

His lawyer said Tuesday the judge denied a request to reschedule the hearing, saying Depardieu should not get special treatment.

The actor made headlines last week when Russian President Vladmir Putin granted him citizenship there after a tax row in his home country.

Depardieu objects to President Francois Hollande's plan to impose a hefty tax on euro millionaires.

He put his 20-room Paris mansion up for sale in December, saying he was handing in his passport and social security card and recently bought a house in Belgium.