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    Gérard Depardieu Spotted in Wheelchair; Catherine Deneuve Defends Actor for Leaving France Over Taxes

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    You OK, Gérard Depardieu?

    Shortly after renouncing his French citizenship over tax issues, the 63-year-old actor was snapped in Rome in a wheelchair Wednesday. Looking sullen and despondent, the Life of Pi star was pushed out of the airport by an assistant.

    Earlier in the day, Depardieu was spotted, looking distressed, riding a scooter. 

    More on Gérard's feud with the French P.M.

    On Sunday, he penned an open letter in Le Journal du Dimanche explaining why he planned to move to Belgium. According to the actor, he is paying an 85 percent tax on his assets in France, and in Belgium he will no longer be required to do this.

    French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called the actor "shabby," but Catherine Deneuve jumped to his defense. In an open letter published in French daily Liberation (excerpted by the Telegraph), the French actress and Depardieu's former coster slams the P.M. for his criticism, adding that the Depardieu "is a great actor, and you're just expressing your resentment."

    E! News' requests for comment from Depardieu's reps were not immediately returned.

    Politics aside, we just hope he's OK!

    —Reporting by Sharareh Drury and Holly Passalaqua

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