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21st November, 2019

Prominent director fired over sexual harassment charges

Director Peter Gothar has been sacked by the Katona Jozsef Theatre due to sexual harassment claims against him.

The theatre announced on Tuesday that an employee had behaved with other staff members in a manner transgressing moral bounds in several cases and had been dismissed, effective immediately.

The theatre did not name the employee in question, but Gothar, a well-known director of movies as well as stage productions, came forward with an apology yesterday.

In a statement on the theatre’s Facebook page, Gothar wrote: “a year ago I approached a female colleague of mine in our theatre in a morally unacceptable manner. A few days later I apologised to her, which she accepted.

“Now that this case has reached the theatre and through that the public of the country, I would like to publicly repeat my apology. I am very sorry for what happened, and for offending anybody with my crude style, bad manners or morally objectionable behaviour.”

The theatre said in its Tuesday statement that the management had reached its decision based on the work of an investigative committee assisted by outside experts.

No information was released about who is involved, because those affected asked that their name be withheld.

Earlier Wednesday, Budapest mayor Gergely Karacsony told HirTV that the name of the perpetrator should be made public, and that he would ask the management of the city-run theatre to do that. (hvg.hu; index.hu; hirtv.hu; magyarnemzet.hu; origo.hu; 24.hu)
21st November, 2019

Rescue helicopter lands on street

A rescue helicopter flying a critically injured three-year-old child landed on Budapest’s Ulloi ut on Wednesday directly in front of the Heim Pal children’s hospital’s emergency ward.

The National Ambulance Service reported that paramedics sealed off the street, as every minute counted.

Car drivers displayed patience despite having to stop in the rain.

The paramedics thanked the drivers for their patience and wished a speedy recovery to the child. (24.hu; ma.hu; infostart.hu; atv.hu; nepszava.hu; magyarhirlap.hu; origo.hu)
21st November, 2019

Scooters banned from Kossuth ter

The cabinet has amended a decree in order to ban scooters from Kossuth ter, effective December 5.

The amended decree introduces the notion of “simple means of conveyance” – defined as “a means of transporting people not qualifying as a vehicle” – which may be put into motion through “human power, electric or other mechanical power”.

This refers to electric and foot-driven scooters and scooter-like means of transport, as they are not considered vehicles under the traffic code.

Wheelchairs and baby carriages may continue to enter the square, as may children’s scooters.

Cycling remains permitted in parts of the square. (hvg.hu; 444.hu; index.hu)

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