Greek actor-director Dimitris Lignadis arrested, charged with rape

A famous Greek stage actor and director has been arrested for rape. 56-year-old Dimitrios Lignadis turned himself in at the Athens police headquarters on Saturday afternoon, Greek police spokesman Theodorus Chronopoulos told the Associated Press. Lignadis, 56, was being produced before a magistrate.

According to media reports, at least three people have made allegations against Lignadis, including a 25-year-old man who accused him of raping her in 2010. Lignadis has denied the allegations.

Rumors of his alleged sexual misconduct erupted in recent weeks, leading to Lignadis’ resignation as artistic director of the National Theater of Greece two weeks ago, a post he has held since 2019. Earlier this year, revelations were made by an Olympic gold medalist that she had been raped. In 1998 a Sailing Federation official launched a #MeToo movement in Greece.

People have come forward to accuse well-known figures in entertainment of sexual harassment, assault and rape. Well-known actors and directors have come under fire, but Lignadis is arrested.

The matter has been taken on political dimensions. The political opposition accused the Greek government of failing to comply with the grievances, while the Minister of Culture responded on Friday that Lignadis was a dangerous man who betrayed him with his acting ability.

Culture Minister Lina Mendoni said she asked the Supreme Court prosecutor to investigate all misconduct allegations in Greece’s theater community.

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