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Greek Prosecutors Readying Sex Assault Case Against Actors

March 1, 2021

ATHENS – Sex scandals in Greece’s sports, media and arts communities are growing, with more witnesses said coming forth against the former director of the national theather and a prominent actor also likely being charged in another case.

It came a few weeks after Olympic gold medalist Sofia Bekatorou accused a Hellenic Sailing Federation official of raping her in 1998, for which the statute of limitations had expired, but her revelation has led to a flood of similar charges being made, mostly by women, of sexual harassment and assault.

Scores of cases were being reviewed by prosecutors, said Kathimerini, including that of actor Dimitris Lignadis, the former national theater chief accused of raping a 14-year-old boy in 2010 and another minor.

Another man, from the island of Samos, is also facing a rape charge there, the paper said without naming him in keeping with Greek law unless there is an overriding public interest or usually involving celebrities or politicians.

Lignadis remains in custody in the city of Tripoli after an examining magistrate and a prosecutor agreed that the testimony of the two men who were minors when they said they were assaulted, was credible and concern he would do it again.

A panel of judges, petitioned by Lignadis’ lawyer, agreed with the rationale behind the decision, the report added although his attorney had both said no rapes occurred or if they did that the victims “were Egyptians,” and witnesses were “professional homosexuals.”

Also without naming anyone, the paper said a top probe concerns another well-known actor from a popular TV series, the case stepped up because the statute of limitations would expire by the end of April when he couldn’t be charged.

There are two more cases concerning actors, one accused of rape and one of attempted rape the report said, sent to a prosecutor’s Office by the Greek Actors’ Guild (SEH). 

One of the accused is also a well-known actor, whose accuser is a colleague living abroad, while the other accused actor is not so well known but with a #MeToo movement stepping up in the country prosecutors are being flooded with scores of cases, some of which were said to be verbal harassment, not rape, with lesser priority.

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