Claiming #MeToo Victimization, Greek National Theater Head Quits

ATHENS – The director of Greece's National Theater, Dimitris Lignadis, has resigned after he said he was a target of a growing #MeToo campaign targeting more men alleged sexual harassment, although he denied any wrongdoing.

There were few details given in a report by the newspaper Naftemporiki about what led to his stepping down although he said he was the victim of a  "toxic climate of rumors, with innuendos and press leaks, without even one official accusation.”

Olympic sailing champion Sofia Becatorou she was sexually assaulted by a sports agency official opened the floodgates to accusations from women about mistreatment in a number of sectors, including the arts.

That has now included actresses and a few actors – of inappropriate behavior by other professionals in the local entertainment world, including well-known actors and producers.

In Lignadis’ case, no one has come out publicly with any specific accusations against him but his name is popping up in press speculation that something sexually inappropriate may have happened.

Since Becatorou spoke out a number of female performers said they were sexually propositioned, harassed or bullied by older and more powerful colleagues in a position of power over them, and at least one accusation of attempted assault against a TV news presenter and journalist.


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