Famed Chilean director Nicolas Lopez accused of sexual harassment by 8 women

Famed Chilean film director Nicolas Lopez has been accused of sexual harassment or abuse by eight actresses and models, a magazine has reported.

The report published on Saturday said Lopez, whose humorous films have brought him success in Chile, was accused of summoning the women to casting calls or work meetings either at his production company or at his home, where he sought to induce them to have sex in exchange for promises of work.

Lopez has denied the allegations. He said there were “many jokes, things one says,” but he denied ever doing anything “serious or criminal.” But the cover story in Sabado magazine, owned by the mass-circulation El Mercurio newspaper, quoted several of the women as describing pressure from Lopez to have sex.

“He projected onto a giant screen a video showing him having sex with a famous Chilean television personality,” actor and journalist Daniela Ginestar told Sabado magazine, which is owned by the newspaper El Mercurio.

Ginestar said Lopez, who is 35, had masturbated in front of her.

“I wanted to escape, but he told me that if these things shocked me I should find another line of work,” she said.

Other actors were quoted as accusing him of forcibly kissing them or making sexual propositions at film festivals, parties or even work meetings.

“I thought we were just going to talk about work, but the situation ended up being extremely uncomfortable,” said Josefina Montane, a well-known actor and model, describing a 2014 meeting with Lopez in Santiago. “He literally asked me if he could grab my tit.”

Lopez gained fame through his trilogy Que pena tu vida, Que pena tu boda and Que pena tu familia, before in 2005 directing Santos, a film about a failed comic artist.

In April, Chilean prosecutors opened an investigation into sexual abuse allegations against director Herval Abreu, known as the “czar” of Chilean telenovelas.

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