Tuesday, February 23, 2021

What is the answer to the accusations of sexual harassment


With the saying “coals the treasure” o Pavlos Chaikalis responds to the four complaints he received from the SEI, through his lawyer Manolis Troulis.

The actor talks about complaints without date and signature for which he emphasizes through his lawyer that they are full of inaccuracies and lies.

One complaint was made by a man and the other four by women, while as the actor claims hasty conclusions were drawn and was unjustly equated with those prosecuted for serious sex crimes.

He even emphasizes: “We are not all the same!”.

His full statement is as follows:

“After him my multi-day broadcast, on February 22 at 15:30 pm, I finally received from Association of Greek Actors (SEI) copies of the “complaints” against me and a relevant invitation to provide explanations. Specifically, I received copies of four (4) documents, without date and without signature from the alleged complainants who, even if they wanted to assume that they constitute confirmed complaints, their content full of inaccuracies and lies.
Coal is the treasure for those who jumped to conclusions and unfairly equated me with those being prosecuted for serious sexual crimes. We are not all the same!

In particular, one of the four complaints concerns a man who falsely claims that 20 whole years ago, during the filming of a series and in front of a large crowd, I insulted him. Nevertheless, none of the shooters remembers such an incident not even the complainant himself, who is unknown to me. For this case, I refer to the testimonies of dozens of people who participated in the filming of these episodes.

As for both complaints by adult women who claim that many years ago I sexually harassed them over the phone I state unequivocally that what has been vividly spread through the press in recent days about the content of communications do not correspond to reality. In fact, in one case I publicly acknowledged that, driven by real feelings towards the complainant’s face, I expressed myself spontaneously and I apologized publicly for exceeding the subjective limits of the morally tolerable behavior of the particular. The complainant herself clearly confirms that as soon as it became clear that there was no mutual disposition, I cut off any communication.

Finally, regarding the complaint of an adult woman – for many years a close friend – who after 36 whole years claims that I allegedly tried to exploit her sexually, when we were both 25 years old, the truth is that serious personal disputes led us to the police station. It is obvious that for reasons of revenge she completely distorts the events that unfolded in the distant 1985. Suffice it to say that at the time in question she was a close friend of both my later wife and the mother of our son. Therefore, I wonder how it is possible for the complainant’s girlfriend and later my wife to marry me after such an act and have a child with me.

The fifth case that saw the light of day and refers to the period immediately after my military service, ie about 40 years ago, it is completely false as I do not even know the specific complainant. For this case I have no information from the SEI.

I reiterate that I fully respect and wholeheartedly support the social activation of the victims sexual abuse and I seek, like society as a whole, the exemplary punishment of those who have really been harmed by their behavior.

Unfortunately, I am called upon to defend the obvious: the accused cannot be considered guilty from the outset. I am therefore compelled to respond harshly in all legal ways to those who they use lies to hurt me by dragging me and distorting stories from the past that hypocritically equate me with people being prosecuted for serious sexual offenses. “

The Lawyer Mr. Manolis Troulis

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