TV Director Charged With Rape In German #Metoo Scandal

March 5, 2021

German prosecutors on Friday charged a prominent TV director with rape, in what could become Germany’s first high-profile #MeToo court case.

Dieter Wedel, 81, stands accused of raping an actress in a hotel room during an audition in 1996.

The accusations first emerged in January 2018 and were the first in Germany since the global #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct gained momentum in the wake of the disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s downfall.

The allegations against Wedel also took on a political dimension as a public broadcaster was hit with accusations of a cover-up.

On Friday, Munich prosecutors said the lengthy duration of its investigations was because “the facts of the case go back a long time”.

Wedel himself was heard in December 2019 on the case.

Prosecutors added that the 20-page charge sheet included testimony from 20 witnesses

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