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suspected of rape of minors, former artistic director of the National Theater detained

Former artistic director of the Greek National Theater Dimitris Lignadis he was arrested on Saturday February 20. According to the arrest warrant, the famous director and actor is accused of rape and indecent behavior towards minors, which he denies. The 56-year-old man resigned as artistic director of the National Theater on February 6, citing a “toxic climate of rumors, innuendo and leaks.”

Culture Minister Lina Mendoni said on Friday that she had asked the Supreme Court prosecutor to review the charges. He described Dimitris Lignadis as “a dangerous person”. The suspect’s lawyer, Nikos Georgouleas, said Saturday that your client rejected these accusations and that he had been arrested after presenting himself to the police.

According to the ANA agency, a complaint was filed on Friday, citing the 2010 rape of a 14-year-old girl. The young man, now 25, is the second person to accuse the former artistic director of rape, the state broadcaster says. ERT TV.

More than three years after the emergence of the #MeToo movement, The law of silence in Greece was notably violated by Sofia Bekatorou, a two-time Olympic sailing medalist. She said in December that at the age of 21 she suffered “sexual harassment and abuse” by a member of the sailing federation in her hotel room, shortly after qualifying for the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

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