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PMO Head Urges Departure of Katona József Theater Leader

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.12.12.

The sexual harassment scandal linked to acclaimed stage and film director Péter Gothár cannot be left without consequences, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the PM’s Office, told a regular press briefing on Thursday.

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Gulyás rejected that Gábor Máté, the leader of the Katona József theater, “who kept it all under wraps … is getting off scot free”.

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Regarding the culture law package passed by parliament on Wednesday, Gulyás said the artistic freedom of theatres was not to be meddled with.

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If a theater funded by the local municipality aspires for large sums of state funding, however, the state will have to conclude an agreement with the theatre’s operator, Gulyás said, adding that such an arrangement is in the theatre’s interest too as it ensures long-term funding.

In the featured photo: PMO Head Gergely Gulyás. Photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI