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Depardieu Sentenced In Absentia While Filming in Russia

Gerard Depardieu (right) attends a press conference in Grozny with actress Elizabeth Hurley and producer Arno Friel last month.
A French court has ordered French actor Gerard Depardieu to pay a fine of more than $5,000 and has suspended his driver's license for six months for driving his scooter in Paris while intoxicated.

The 64-year-old actor was sentenced in absentia on June 21 after repeatedly skipping his court appearance dates.

He was arrested in Paris in November 2012 after falling off his scooter and testing more than three times over the legal alcohol limit.

Depardieu has been working on a film in Russia.

In February, Depardieu was made an honorary citizen of Russia's Republic of Chechnya and given a five-room apartment in the capital, Grozny.

And in January, Depardieu was granted a Russian passport by President Vladimir Putin after complaining about high taxes in France.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP