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Third Rape Charge Against Greece’s Former National Theater Head

ATHENS – Greece’s former National Theater Director Dimitris Lignadis, in pre-trial detention on charges of raping two male teens, was hit with an indictment for a third in a lawsuit.

The accuser, who was not named, said alleges a rape took place at Lignadis’ home in 2018 but was not identified nor were any details given, although the suspect denied the allegations as he did the others, said Kathimerini.

In February, Greece’s actors association  said it would give a prosecutor more reports of sexual misconduct in the community as sexual scandals in the arts, sports and media were growing.

Lignadis being represented by Greece’s best-known criminal attorney, Alexis Kougias, who said that prosecution witnesses against his client are “professional homosexuals,” said the business newspaper Naftemporiki.

In a written statement, he attacked the preliminary indictment and said that he expected it would include “evidence to justify this criminal prosecution for the offense of serial rapes.

He also said the case is built on unreliable lies but offered no specifics to back it up other than his assertion.

The head of the Athens first instance prosecutor's office is also looking into allegations Lignadis sexuallly abused unaccompanied refugee minors from detention camps who were sent to him for drama lessons, said Naftemporiki.

Kathimerini said the union’s file, which will be delivered by the chairman of its disciplinary council, also includes a complaint by a former actress against a very popular actor, who allegedly raped her several years ago.

No names were given but the actor, said the paper, was  already being investigated by judicial authorities for other allegations of serious sexual harassment and the attempted rape of a colleague, no name given.

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