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Actor is charged with drink driving but failed to appear – for the second time – because he is filming in New York

Gerard Depardieu has failed to show up in a French court to face charges of drink-driving because he was filming a movie in New York. It was the second time Depardieu had not appeared for the case, after failing to answer a previous summons in January.

The Paris criminal court scheduled a new hearing for 24 May, according to Depardieu's lawyer, Eric de Caumont. The court agreed to the delay on Friday because investigators turned up new evidence about the incident in November, when Depardieu toppled over on his scooter in Paris and was charged with drink-driving, De Caumont said.

If convicted Depardieu could face up to two years in prison and a €4,500 ($3,800) fine, according to the Paris prosecutor's office.

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