Nicolas Lopez was sentenced to five years in prison for sexual abuse

In one of the first high-profile sexual assault cases in Latin America since the #MeToo report, Chilean director Nicolás López, best known for his stupid box office comedies “Sin Filtro”, “No Estoy Loca” and “Que Pena “. Trilogy, has been sentenced to five years and one day in prison for two counts of sexual abuse.

Charges against López first surfaced in 2018, when several actors appeared to accuse him of rape and sexual abuse. The court dismissed the rape charges, but found López guilty of the latter charge.

Lopez has also been barred from approaching his accusers and has been permanently barred from running for public office. He is expected to appeal on May 20.

For the past five years, López’s production company, Sobras, has stopped operating and producing content.

Netflix, which has licensed several of López’s films in the past and agreed on one of its new projects, has reviewed their collaboration with the director.

At least eight actors and models, including Josefina Montané, Lucy Cominetti, Daniela Ginestar, Andrea Velasco and María Vidaurre, have been convicted of sexual harassment against López.

In an Instagram post at the time, López said: “I do not understand what is happening even in the break in my long-standing relationship of trust and affection. If I have been misunderstood at times, I apologize. “But I am not a persecutor or an abuser.”

López also posted a video on YouTube in which he announced that he had decided to resign from his company, Sobras, in order to prevent the controversy from affecting his associates and associates.

Ironically, some of López’s Netflix films, “No Filter” (“Sin Filtro”) and “I’m Not Crazy” (“No Estoy Loca”), deal with women and their right to say their opinion. Both were part of a women-centered trilogy he had designed.

“I’m Not Crazy” was López’s third consecutive film, which opened at No. 1 in Chile in January 2018, surpassing international hits such as “Wonder Woman”, “Justice League” and “Coco” at Weekends of their debut. “No Filter”, co-financed by Netflix, has been re-created in Mexico, Spain and Argentina, among others.

López has also collaborated with genre singer Eli Roth on a number of films, including “Aftershock”, “The Green Inferno” and “Knock, Knock”.

Lawyer Juan Pablo Hermosilla, who represents some of the women, said: “This is a case in point because we have a director working in the US and producing for the North American market, so it’s not just We apply Chilean legal standards, but also North American. And that’s why Netflix and any other company with a presence in the US is in a difficult position: they can neither support nor endorse artist abuse or mistreatment. “

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