Dimitris Lignadis, former director of the National Theatre of Greece, imprisoned on charges of rape in the wake of mounting charges of sexual harassment in the country’s arts scene, is planning his prison defense.
After being convicted of raping two men while they were minors, Lignadis was handcuffed before a public prosecutor on Sunday.
Both allegations have been rejected by the 56-year-old, who will be held in jail until his plea on Wednesday.
“He denies all the accusations,” his lawyer Nikos Georgouleas said on Saturday night, stating that after a warrant was released for his detention, the director had voluntarily handed himself in to the police.
“He immediately came to the police headquarters; he is cooperating. We are moving ahead with the legal process.”
Lignadis resigned as the head of the national theatre earlier in February, denouncing the “toxic climate of rumours, insinuations and leaks” linked to his name.
A continuation of a number of similar cases in the country’s art community is the new accusations of sexual harassment against him.
The allegations started to emerge after an outpouring of national sympathy was caused by Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou when she recounted her alleged sexual harassment by a powerful official in the Greek sailing federation as a 21-year-old.