The Syrian filmmaker, Feras Fayyad, who helmed The Cave, the Emmy-winning National Geographic film, has recently revealed that he would never knowingly cause sorrow and worry to a woman after becoming embroiled in an alleged sexual harassment scandal in Denmark.
The Scandinavian country has been tightly gripped by a #MeToo campaign reckoning in recent weeks, and Feras Fayyad is among a number of those high-profile individuals who have been accused of inappropriate behavior after working and living in Copenhagen, where he helmed The Cave, with Danish Documentary Production, the influential local production.
One of the most prominent allegations against Ferras has been leveled by Emilia Moth, who is a former assistant of Danish Documentary production, who went on record in an interview with Ekstra Bladet, a local newspaper.
Emilia has accused Fayyad of making comments that were not appropriate about her and looking at her a** in the office. She revealed in a statement that she stands by everything that has been reported by the local newspaper, Ekstra Bladet.
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However, the wrongdoing has been emphatically denied by Fayyad, and he has also disputed the Moth’s version of events, while his allies have attempted to cast doubt privately over the credibility of the reporting of Ekstra Bladet, and they are threatening legal actions against the local newspaper.
Sigrid Dyekjaer, the founder of the Danish Documentary, said that her company thoroughly investigated the matter and didn’t find evidence to support the claims that have been made by Moth.
Sigrid added that the reports in the Danish media are really very far from reality. Nonetheless, the words of Moth reverberated around the highest ranks of the Danish Entertainment business, with thousands of industry professionals signing an open letter supporting her courage and even expressing solidarity with all those who have experienced abusive behavior.
The signatories include Susanne Bier, the director of The Night Manager, star of Game of Thrones, Pilus Asbaek, and Lars Mikkelsen of the House of Cards.
There have always been questions that emerged about the conduct of Fayyad in Korea at the EBS International Documentary Festival in the year 2017.
He was due to speak about Last Men In Aleppo, his Oscar-nominated film, but at the last minute, his appearance was canceled after the organizers said that one of its employees had accused him of sexual harassment.