THESSALONIKI – The TV presenter and music producer Stathis Panagiotopoulos turned himself in at a police station in Thessaloniki, specifically to the Cybercrime Unit, shortly before 4 PM on December 22.
He decided to surrender voluntarily, as the police were seeking him in relation to accusations of revenge porn after a 23-year-old woman with whom the presenter had an affair when she was 18 years old made a complaint against him for uploading photos and videos of their private moments on pornographic sites.
Last week, Panagiotopoulos was fired as co-host of a popular TV satire show, Radio Arvyla, after he was accused of posting the explicit images of his ex-partner on porn sites in an apparent act of revenge, although the motive was not given.
“Stathis Panagiotopoulos is no longer part of Radio Arvyla,” announced key host Antonis Kanakis in the Dec. 13 episode of the show known for its sometimes wickedly clever, biting mocking of events in Greece.
“We express our regret for the woman involved and for what she experienced,” Kanakis said, adding that he and his team were “very sorry that the man we have worked with all these years would do something like this.”
Earlier on Twitter, an anonymous post alleged that Panagiotopoulos had posted intimate videos and photos of an ex-partner on a porn website, and that she is pressing charges against him, a trial set up for early 2022.
ANT1 TV, the channel hosting the show, said that it “has always condemned and will always condemn unequivocally, abusive behaviors, acts and practices that insult human dignity and privacy. The station applauds the quick reflexes and the determination shown by Antonis Kanakis, who made the decision to remove Panagiotopoulos from the staff of the shows Radio Arvyla and VINYLIO.”
There has been a raft of sexual harassment cases that have surfaced in Greece in recent months, the alleged victims including athletes and minors and claims brought against athletic and cultural officials but few prosecutions.