6 Apr 2013

Depardieu not in court again

7:00 am on 6 April 2013

Actor Gerard Depardieu has again failed to appear in court in Paris to face a charge of drink-driving.

His lawyer told the court on Friday the actor was in New York filming a movie about former IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, in which he plays Strauss-Kahn.

Depardieu, 64, was detained in Paris in November after falling off his scooter, which he had been driving while more than three times over the legal alcohol limit.

He also failed to appear at a January hearing due to previous engagements on the film.

The actor recently moved to Belgium to live and took Russian citizenship. He announced in November that he was moving abroad because of a 75% tax rate on incomes over one million euros that President Francois Hollande wanted to impose.

In an interview with Belgian media last month, he said France was "sad" and that French people were "fed up".