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Berlin theater manager quits after sexual harassment claims

Officials spoke to the women concerned in late January and were still evaluating a meeting with Doerr held earlier this month.

Published: 17th March 2021 03:42 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th March 2021 03:42 PM   |  A+A-

Image used for representational purpose only. (Illustration | Aasawari Kulkarni, Feminism in India)

By AFP

BERLIN: The manager of a prominent Berlin theatre has stepped down in the wake of accusations by women of bullying and sexual harassment.

Klaus Doerr announced his resignation from the German capital's Volksbuehne theatre on Tuesday. He said that he takes “complete responsibility for the accusations against me” and was stepping down in agreement with the city government.

“I deeply regret it if I hurt employees with my behaviour, with words or glances,” Doerr said in a statement released by the theatre.

He added that he regretted not succeeding in “creating an open climate-sensitive to discrimination” within the theatre that would have recognized problems in time and enabled employees to come forward confidentially with complaints.

The city government's culture minister, Klaus Lederer, said Monday that employees had “reported incidents of abuse of power, bullying, verbal violence and sexual harassment.”

Officials spoke to the women concerned in late January and were still evaluating a meeting with Doerr held earlier this month, he said.

Doerr, an experienced theatre manager, took over at the Volksbuehne in 2018.

Lederer's department has said that no one came forward with complaints against Doerr before he was appointed. But that changed in January when a letter setting out complaints was sent to a counseling office set up in 2018 for people in the film, television, theater and music sectors.



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