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Depardieu's Edinburgh haggis havoc

Gerard Depardieu went AWOL at the Edinburgh International Film Festival after enjoying the local hospitality.

The French actor - who has been taking sanctuary in Belgium and Russia since quitting his native France in 2012 in a row over taxes - was due to attend the UK premiere of Welcome To New York at the festival on June 28, but pulled out at the last minute.

It was at first assumed Gerard, 65, hadn't made it to Scotland. But pictures have now emerged on Twitter of the actor in a pub on the isle of Skye, allegedly taken on June 27, drinking beer and enjoying a Scottish haggis.

A representative of the Edinburgh festival told The Scotsman: "He has let the festival down very badly... We won't be pursuing this any further because the screening has already taken place - but there is some annoyance here."

The festival closed on Sunday June 29 with the premiere of We'll Never Have Paris, a romantic comedy starring and co-directed by The Big Bang Theory's Simon Helberg and his wife Jocelyn Towne.

Simon tweeted: "Thanks Edinburgh Film Festival. A truly moving night."

The actor also treated festival goers to a performance on the piano during his appearance.

The festival's Michael Powell Award for best British feature film was awarded to Joanna Coates's Hide And Seek.

Other films recognised included Midi Z's Ice Poison, which won the award for best film in the international competition. The award for best documentary feature film was awarded to Farida Pacha's My Name Is Salt.

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