Sexual abuse – Three Greek celebrities thrown by the wave #MeToo

Personalities from the world of theater and television bear the brunt of revelations linked to sexual abuse and harassment in Greece.

The law of silence was broken last December in Greece by athlete Sofia Bekatorou, two-time Olympic sailing medalist. Her testimony encouraged other women to speak up.

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Three Greek theater and television stars recently lost their jobs following accusations of sexual abuse and harassment. In the wake of the #MeToo wave, this type of accusation is multiplying in the country.

Giorgos Kimoulis, considered one of the best actors in the country, has been deprogrammed from the Festival of Athens and Epidaurus this year, the organization of the most important artistic festival in the country said on Monday after a wave of accusations of the part of actresses. The festival declared that “colleagues of Giorgos Kimoulis had complained that they had been the victims of insults”.

Also on Monday, state television ERT said it had fired an actor, without naming him. But the Greek media identified him as one of the best comedians in the country, Petros Filippidis. Mega TV reported last week of a letter sent by three actresses to the Actors Guild accusing Petros Filippidis of obscene behavior.

The actor was briefly hospitalized last week, after issuing a statement through his lawyer calling on the media to refrain from mentioning his name in this story. “You’ve known me for 35 years,” the statement read. “Please respect my wife and my child, the truth will not come out of a TV trial.”

A thousand complaints

In addition, the artistic director of the National Theater Dimitris Lignadis resigned Sunday from his post, citing a “toxic climate of rumors, innuendos and leaks”. The three men deny these accusations.

Few complaints can be prosecuted, since the accusations refer to facts that are decades old and therefore certainly time-barred. The Greek Actors Guild said it has received more than a thousand complaints from alleged victims in the past few days.

More than three years after the birth of the #MeToo movement in the United States, the law of silence was broken in Greece by athlete Sofia Bekatorou, two-time Olympic sailing medalist. She said in December that when she was 21 she suffered “sexual harassment and abuse” by a member of the sailing federation in her hotel room. Her testimony encouraged other female athletes, students, journalists and actresses to speak up.

Last week, the left-wing MeRA25 party suspended the membership in its ranks of one of Greece’s best-known composers after a singer accused him of trying to have sex with her when she was 14 years old.

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