Following the allegations against Nicolas Lopez, Netflix has decided to wait for the smoke to clear, as the streaming service was collaborating with the Chilean director. In a statement released, the company explained that they had licensed several of Lopez’s films in the past, but they had to put the future ones on hold because of the charges of sexual assault and misconduct.
As it was previously reported, approximately eight actress and models, including Josefina Montané, Maria Vidaurre, Andrea Velasco, and Lucy Cominetti, accused him of sexual harassment and assault.
Lopez explained in an Instagram post that he doesn’t “understand what is happening,” and he has been in relationships with women all of his life characterized by “trust and affection.”
The director added, “but I’m not a stalker nor an abuser.” His lawyer, Paula Vial, said that she and Lopez would be evaluating the allegations, which first appeared in Chilé’s Sabado magazine.
According to his attorney, the accusations were either misleading or taken out of context purposefully. Vial said, “we are convinced that he is not an “abuser” and would prove it in a court of law.
Ironically, a trilogy he created centered around the idea of female empowerment and the rights of women to voice their concerns and improve their lives.
Nicolas’ last film, I’m Not Crazy, was number one in Chile last January, and it beat out movies such as Wonder Woman, Coco, and Justice League.
Lopez has worked with other famed directors including Eli Roth, on films such as The Green Inferno, Knock Knock, and Aftershock. The head of the Screen Actor’s Guild of Chile, said, “we think all this information is brutal.”
While several women accused him of predatory behavior, one claimed that Lopez never, at any point, put his hands on her or suggested sexual behavior for a movie role.