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Prosecutor Says Noted Greek Actor Filippidis Should Face Rape Trial

ATHENS – Greek actor Petros Filippidis, a well-known and popular fixture on TV shows for yers, should be tried for serial rape and serial attempted rape prosecutor Efthymia Stamou recommended to a Council of Appeals court.

That came, said Katherimini, after she reviewed a case file compiled by investigators into allegations made against him and she rejected his defense that it was consensual sex and that his accusers want attention and to harm his reputation.

“All three victims describe actual events,” she said. “There is nothing suggesting they are doing this for publicity,” said the report.

Filippidis, 57, has been accused of raping a female colleague twice in 2008 and attempting to rape another two actresses, in 2010 and 2014. All of the incidents allegedly occurred during professional exchanges.

Two of the alleged victims said when they wouldn't give in to his advances that he used physical violence to get what he wanted and threatened to harm their careers to further coerce them.

He is being detained in a jail Tripoli in the Peloponnese after having been remanded in pretrial custody in July by a magistrate who said the actor was likely to abuse his position and seek more victims.

Three former colleagues of his who weren't named earlier had reported the alleged assaults to the Disciplinary Body of the Association of Greek Actors but it wasn't said if they did to the police as well at that time.

A rape allegedly took place in 2008, while the two attempts, according to the plaintiffs, were in 2010 and 2014 with no word why they didn't report the alleged assaults at the time.

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