PARIS (AP) - French actor Gerard Depardieu was detained Thursday for allegedly driving drunk on his scooter, police said.
The Paris prosecutor’s office ordered him detained, the official said. She spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to discuss ongoing investigations.
A call to Depardieu’s management company was not returned Thursday night.
Thursday’s incident was one of several encounters with the law for Depardieu. He grabbed headlines when he urinated in the aisle of a plane before takeoff on a Paris to Dublin flight. He was removed from the aircraft.
In 1998, he crashed his motorcycle when his blood-alcohol limit was five times over the legal level, escaping with leg and face injuries.
Depardieu, a bon vivant who overcame a speech impediment and a childhood of neglect to become one of France’s most popular and versatile film stars, was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the 1990 film “Cyrano de Bergerac.”
Associated Press writer Elaine Ganley contributed to this report.
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