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Child Rape Case Grows Against Greek National Theater Ex-Director

Αssociated Press

Plain-clothed police officers escort handcuffed well-known actor and director Dimitris Lignadis, center, to a magistrate s office in Athens, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

ATHENS - As a investigation into the alleged rape of at least one minor by the former Artistic Director of Greece’s National Theatre, Dimitris Lignadis, was intensifying, others are expected to speak out as sex scandals are widening.

Judicial officials have received complaints about three more actors, said Kathimerini, but most names are being kept under wraps with some alleged victims having said they feared for their careers if speaking out about sexual abuse or harassment.

Lignadis, 56, faces accusations of rape by two men, with both crimes allegedly committed when they were minors. One of them, who lives abroad, says he was raped in 2010, at age 14, while the other says his rape occurred in 2015.

He appeared before a court on Feb. 21 and was given until Feb. 24 to present his defense, remaining in jail until then while Culture Minister Lina Mendoni - who appointed him - said he was a “dangerous man” and asked a Supreme Court Prosecutor to also investigate.

The allegations against the three other actors range from sexual harassment to attempted rape, the paper said, adding that the head of the disciplinary council of the Greek Actors’ has also been summoned to testify about a number of complaints the union got from actors about alleged wrongdoing.