STA, 17 February 2021 - Actress Mia Skrbinac, who has publicly accused her drama teacher of sexually harassing her while she was a student, has officially filed a sexual harassment complaint to the University of Ljubljana. The alleged harasser is Matjaž Tribušon, a 58-year-old award-winning film and theatre actor, RTV Slovenija reported on Tuesday.
Skrbinac told the public broadcaster little more than two weeks ago that her drama teacher had sexually harassed her for two years.
Tribušon, who was not named immediately, has so far not responded to journalist calls, TV Slovenija said in the evening news show.
The Ljubljana Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT) told the STA today it had been notified of the complaint, noting that Tribušon would not be engaged in any pedagogical activities until further notice.
The academy said it had reported a suspicion of a criminal act to the state prosecution before being notified of the complaint.
According to TV Slovenija, this is not the only case of sexual harassment at the academy. NGO Inšitut 8. Marec and groups Rezistenca and Študent Prodekan have received anonymous complaints naming at least three other professors.
The AGRFT told the STA that all other complaints the academy had received were anonymous and did not contain elements that would raise suspicion of a criminal act so they had not been forwarded to the law enforcement. The persons mentioned have nevertheless been informed and the matter will be investigated by the University of Ljubljana, it added.
Skrbinac was the first public figure in Slovenia to come forward as a victim of sexual harassment since the start of the Slovenian offshoot of the #MeToo movement.
In a programme aired on the main news and the magazine show Tednik on TV Slovenija at the beginning of the month she revealed how she had been subjected to psychological and physical violence by an unnamed actor professor during acting classes and outside class between 2014 and 2016.
"He would wait for me outside the toilets, at the Drama [theatre house] bar, and elsewhere," she said. A fellow student of hers at the time, Sara Lucu, corroborated the professor's inappropriate behaviour for the programme.