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Son hits out at actor Depardieu
Guillaume Depardieu
Guillaume Depardieu has spoken out against his father

The son of French actor Gerard Depardieu has hit back in a war of words with his father.

"Gerard Depardieu is a coward, a cheater and lazy," 32-year-old Guillaume Depardieu said in an interview published in Sunday's Le Parisien newspaper.

"He's the only person I know who lies to his own analyst."

"Gerard Depardieu is obsessed the desire to be loved and the need for money," said Guillaume, also an actor.

"The only thing we have in common is our demons."

The outburst follows comments made by Depardieu senior, to last week's Paris Match magazine, in which he said he was no longer on speaking terms with his son.

Fan 'mocked clothes'

Earlier this month, Depardieu's son was given a nine-month suspended sentence and fined 8,000 euros (5,650) for firing a gun at a fan.

Gerard Depardieu
Gerard Depardieu starred with his son in Tous Les Matins du Monde
A court heard that Guillaume Depardieu fired the gun after the fan allegedly mocked his clothes while out in the Normandy resort of Trouville.

His father told Paris Match: "At the moment, we have no ties. I cut things off because I no longer want to be the wall, or the trash bin where one dumps anything one wants."

The movie star called his son "very difficult, incorrigible".

Guillaume Depardieu had his leg amputated in June after it became infected during hospital treatment following a motorcycle crash in 1996.

He has appeared in a number of films, including Tous Les Matins du Monde with his father, and won best male newcomer award at the French annual Cesar awards in 1996.

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