Greek comic actor Petros Filippidis to stand trial for sexual assaults and rape

A Misdemeanours Court Justices Council on Thursday ruled that Greek comic actor Petros Filippidis must stand trial before a Mixed Jury Court on three charges of serious sexual violence, including one charge of rape and two of attempted rape.

Filippidis has been accused of twice raping a female colleague in 2008 and of attempting to rape another two actresses in 2010 and 2014. The court rejected his assertions that the women accused him for “publicity purposes”.

The actor is currently jailed on remand and has been in custody since his arrest and testimony before an examining magistrate in July, on the grounds that he was liable to commit further offences and abuse his power as a theatre owner and director.