Greek actor-director Dimitris Lignadis arrested, charged with rape

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A widely known Greek stage actor and director has been arrested on rape fees, police say. Dimitris Lignadis, 56, turned himself in Saturday afternoon at Athens police headquarters, Greek Police spokesman Theodoros Chronopoulos advised the Associated Press. Lignadis, 56, was being held pending an look earlier than a Justice of the Peace.

According to media reviews, no less than three individuals have made allegations towards Lignadis, together with a 25-year-old man who accused him of getting raped him in 2010. Lignadis has denied the accusations.

Rumors of his alleged sexual misconduct swelled in current weeks, resulting in Lignadis’ resignation two weeks in the past as inventive director of Greece’s National Theater, a publish he had held since 2019. Revelations earlier this yr by an Olympic gold medalist that she had been raped by a crusing federation official again in 1998 have sparked a #MeToo motion reckoning in Greece.

People have come ahead to accuse well-known figures within the leisure of sexual harassment, assault and rape. Well-known actors and administrators have come beneath hearth, however Lignadis is the primary to be arrested.

The case has taken on political dimensions. The political opposition accused the Greek authorities of failing to observe up on complaints, whereas the tradition minister responded Friday by accusing Lignadis of being a harmful man who had deceived her with his performing means.

Culture Minister Lina Mendoni stated she requested a Supreme Court prosecutor to research all abuse allegations in Greece’s theater group.

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