The actor, as is well known, is on trial after complaints from three women for rape and attempted rape, in 2008, 2010 and 2014, while since the beginning of July he has been released with restrictive conditions and a cash guarantee of 20,000 euros, as the court did not extend his temporary detention for another six months.
During today’s proceedings, the complainant’s friend from the drama school testified in court, what the alleged victim told her. Initially, as the witness said, her friend called her in 2010 excited that he met Petros Filippidis and would replace him in the show “Bakalogatos”.
However, after the date with Petros Filippidis, her girlfriend was terribly upset. “I had a man in front of me who was very upset. I told her to calm down and we’ll see what we do. At that time, her cell phone rang. We saw that a message came from Mr. Filippidis. It was beyond obscene. Probably the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen. He was asking for sexual acts and telling her that he will not get away with it next time,” the witness described.
Describing in court what her friend confided to her about the alleged sexual assault of Petros Filippidis, the witness said: “He told me that spread her legs she was shouting, trying to push him away. In her attempt to escape, she knocked and thus the accused found the opportunity to approach her again,” said the witness and, visibly moved, she continued: “He reached the door and told her he was going to destroy it. He managed to get away.”
When asked whether she suggested that her friend report the accused, she replied:
“I’m very embarrassed about it but I didn’t think about it. Mr. Filippides was a very powerful man. At that moment I did not believe that this thing was happening. I shouldn’t have handled it like that. I was trying to comfort my friend. I didn’t even think about filing a complaint. Sorry S. I didn’t think of that.’
As she explained to the court, she collaborated some years later with Filippidis. “I collaborated with him in 2016 at the National Theater in ‘Death of a Merchant.’ We had one very good cooperation. He’s talented. We had a good, typical relationship. We never worked together again. In 2017, his assistant called me to work together but I had booked someone else,” said the witness and added that she was upset as soon as she heard the proposal because she had heard about his abusive behavior, extramarital affairs, but her colleagues assured her that at the National Theater she would not be able to does such things.”
Prosecutor: I’m wondering that while something so serious has happened to your girlfriend, how did you work with him?
Witness: Being an actor is a very tough job. I had a contract with the National, I am not from a rich family, I could not afford not to work. When things are so difficult you can betray your solidarity.
Prosecutor: Did you get her?
Witness: Yes, I informed her immediately. He told me to go to work, that it will be at the National and the environment will be protected.
Paredros: The greeting messages?
Witness: It was somewhat diplomatic. So that the rejection is not taken as personal.
Paredros: How did you know the message to the second complainant was from Petros Filippidis?
Witness: It was a registered contact.
The trial continues tomorrow.