Status: 07/20/2022 11:25 a.m.
One of Germany’s best-known filmmakers, Dieter Wedel, has died, Munich I District Court announced. The court wanted to announce today whether there will be a trial against Wedel. He was accused of rape, among other things.
Director Dieter Wedel died on July 13 in Hamburg, according to the Munich I district court, where criminal proceedings against Wedel were pending. The court wanted to announce today whether there will be a trial against Wedel, but instead announced Wedel’s death. According to the court, the case against him is now dropped. The prosecution had charged Wedel in March last year with an allegation dating back to 1996.
Director Dieter Wedel is dead
Mareike Aden, NDR, tagesschau24 11:00, 20.7.2022
Actress Jany Tempel said Wedel raped her in a luxury Munich hotel at the time, Wedel has denied this. When the charges were brought, his lawyers spoke of prejudice and pointed to the likelihood that the charges could not be admitted at all – although this rarely happens in the German justice system.
Co-plaintiff Tempel’s lawyer, on the other hand, only recently complained about the delay in the proceedings against the director. “More than 14 months have passed since the indictment,” wrote lawyer Alexander Stevens in mid-May in a complaint for delay in court. Temple suffers “a lot from the long process”. She even went on a brief hunger strike to protest that the court had taken so long to reach a decision. Even before the prosecutor’s office filed a complaint, they had been investigating for three years.
The best-known case of the German #MeToo debate
The allegations against Wedel became known at the beginning of 2018. At that time, three actresses accused Wedel in “Zeit-Magazin” of having sexually harassed them in the 1990s. Wedel had contradicted the allegations in an affidavit. The case has become the most well-known of the German #MeToo debate which began in 2017. Under the hashtag #MeToo, millions of women in particular have posted their experiences of sexual assault on social networks.
There were conflicting statements about Wedel’s date of birth during his lifetime. According to current information from the Munich court, he was born on November 12, 1939. He was 82 years old at the time of his death.
Wedel really got off to a flying start in the 1990s. With films such as “The Great Bellheim” and TV miniseries such as “The King of St. Pauli”, he is one of the best-known German directors. . He has six children by six wives, including a son with Hannelore Elsner, who died in 2019. After the allegations became known, he was resigned from the artistic direction of the Bad Hersfeld Festival.