Depardieu Fined $5,300, Has License Suspended

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    Actor Gerard Depardieu

    A French court has fined Gerard Depardieu 4,000 euros ($5,300) and suspended his driver's license for six months in a drunk-driving case that started when the actor fell off his scooter in Paris in November and ended up being taken to a police station.

    Depardieu's lawyer, Eric de Caumont, said he planned to appeal Friday's ruling. He said Depardieu, who was not at the hearing, was in Moscow filming.

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    It's not the first time alcohol and the law mixed for the 64-year-old actor. In 1998, Depardieu crashed his motorcycle when his blood-alcohol level was five times over the legal limit. He escaped with leg and face injuries.

    Depardieu has publicly feuded with France's ruling Socialist government and accepted a Russian passport from President Vladimir Putin.

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