The witness referred to everything that her friend and complainant had told her about her controversial meeting with the actor, while she did not fail to note that she had also worked with him in 2016. That is, six years after the investigated attack and while she had been informed for her by her friend and colleague.
The witness is a close friend of the complainant from drama school and as she recounted in court, the alleged victim called her in 2010 excited that she had met Petros Filippidis and would be a substitute in the show “Bakalogatos”.
“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.
She was asked to testify what her friend told her about the fateful afternoon regarding the attack by Petros Filippidis. “She told me that he opened her legs, she was shouting and 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 defendant, 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 a very good collaboration. He’s talented. We had a good, typical relationship. We didn’t work 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.”
Referring to messages she allegedly sent to Petros Filippidis, the witness explained: “In Thessaloniki, on a mind tour, they joked that it was the feast of Peter and Paul, because the boy I dated then and later became my partner was named Pavlos. I sent a message to both of them.”
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 and 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.
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