Police file criminal complaint against actor Tribušon over sexual harassment

Ljubljana – Police have filed a criminal complaint against actor and drama teacher Matjaž Tribušon, 58, after young actress Mia Skrbinac publicly accused him of sexually harassing her while she was a student in 2014-2016 and filed a sexual harassment complaint at the University of Ljubljana last spring, the newspaper Delo reported on Tuesday.

Tomaž Tomaževic from the Ljubljana Police Department told Delo that Ljubljana criminal police had filed a criminal complaint with the prosecutor’s office in June against a professor of one of the faculties in Ljubljana “over criminal acts concerning sexual integrity”.

Katarina Bergant, head of the Ljubljana District Prosecutor’s Office, told the newspaper they had received on 7 June a criminal complaint about criminal acts against sexual integrity involving abuse of office and harassment, but a decision how to proceed had not yet been taken.

In early February, Skrbinac, born in 1994, became 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.

She told public broadcaster TV Slovenija that a professor at the Ljubljana Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT), whom she did not name at first, harassed her psychologically and physically during acting classes and outside class. She reported him to the university soon after revealing her story.

The academy meanwhile notified the Ljubljana Prosecutor’s Office of the suspected criminal acts before it was acquainted with Skrbinac’s complaint with the university.

At the time, it also said that Tribušon remained employed at the academy but would not be teaching until further notice.

The case has drawn a lost of media attention and resulted in strong support for the actress, while Tribušon has not yet publicly responded to the allegations.