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VILNIUS – 25 year old Lithuanian actress Julija Steponaitytė, star of the movie The Summer of Sangailė, has accused 53 year old film director Šarūnas Bartas of sexual abuse.
Steponaitytė posted the following comments on her Facebook page on Friday:
“I was sexually assaulted by film director Sharunas Bartas five years ago. Five years have passed but it is still present for me this evening, when I write this post. I was keeping it in secret because I thought it wont exist if no one will find out. But its not true. It’s time for us to break the silence and stop pretending that it doesnt exist. Please, lets not let it happen again. #metoo Sarunas Bartas”
On Monday during a press conference, Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius announced that the city was cutting ties with Bartas’ film studio Kinema, which rents its space from the city.
So far, Bartas has remained silent about the accusation.
Lithuania film director Šarūnas Bartas
By: Linas Johansonas / LTnews