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Tuesday, 10 February, 1998, 22:51 GMT
De Niro takes legal action against French magistrate

The American actor, Robert De Niro, is taking legal action against judicial authorities in Paris after being questioned for nine hours in connection with a suspected prostitution ring for wealthy clients.

A lawyer for De Niro complained about the way the actor was picked up from his hotel, the length of his questioning, and the publicity surrounding it.

He also said De Niro -- who's in Paris filming a spy thriller -- had been prepared to go to the police voluntarily.

The magistrate in charge of the long-running investigation into the alleged call-girl racket stressed that Robert De Niro was merely being spoken to as a witness.

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