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Prominent Greek Actor Not Named Also Accused of Rape, Summoned

ATHENS – A stage and TV actor and director whose face is well known in Greece – but who was not named – was  served with a summons by a prosecutor in Athens and faces rape and and attempted rape charges.

Citing reports, Kathimerini said the actor has been under investigation after complaints from three women with the Greek Actors’ Union, and several witnesses were said to have testified against him.

He is due to testify before the prosecutor on one count of rape that allegedly took place in 2008 and two counts of attempted rape, dating to 2010 and 2014. Greek privacy laws almost always preclude naming people unless they are politicians charging each other of crimes or well-known public figures.

The report comes six weeks after another cited an actor not named of the same charges as the #MeToo movement of women complaining of sexual harassment continues to grow in the country.

It began with Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou saying she was assaulted by a top sailing federation official, unable to do anything about it because her complaint came after the statute of limitations had expired.

In the case of the actor-director, the alleged victim pressed charges with the public prosecutor’s office of Athens, accusing the suspect of violent sexual acts.

While Bekatorou’s alleged assailant will not face any criminal charges, the case has led a number of women in the arts and sports to come forward with their own stories of alleged harassment, but nothing has been done yet.

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