Film director Carlos Vermut, author of films such as Mantícora or Magical Girl, has been accused by three women of “sexual violence” in an investigation published by El País. The events cover an eight-year period, from 2014 to 2022, and they, whose names have preferred to remain anonymous, belonged to the film or culture industry. One was a student, another was an employee in one of her productions and the third was a worker in the cultural sector. The filmmaker has spoken to the media and has claimed “not to have been aware of having committed sexual violence against any woman.” This newspaper has tried, without success, to speak with the filmmaker.
None of the women then reported the acts allegedly committed by Vermut to the police. Two of them did not do so for fear of losing their jobs and the other for fear of not getting a job, as indicated in the report. The three women have signed an affidavit of their testimonies and presented evidence in this regard, the newspaper indicates.
The first case dates back to 2014, and in it the first of the women explains that after meeting him in a Madrid bar and kissing in the doorway, she invited him to come up to her house. Inside the house, he jumped on top of her and began to strangle her. She kicked him and after stopping the first time “he did the same thing again.” He also remembers that he asked him to put on a condom, something the filmmaker did not do. After the events, the woman wrote to a friend to tell her what happened in a conversation confirmed by the same medium. That same morning she told another friend who recommended she go to the police and the hospital, something she ultimately did not do. He did not report out of fear, since he “was related” to his “environment and work circle.” A relationship that was subsequently repeated sporadically, always with “struggles and sexual violence,” according to his story.
The second case reported in the information occurred two years later. This is a 21-year-old student to whom Carlos Vermut offered a job. It was he who contacted her to meet, offering his help to enter the industry. From their first meeting there was a series of calls and messages until he proposed that she come to his house to analyze one of his films. Upon finishing it, she explains that he lunged at her without her consent and she froze, a reaction that angered the filmmaker. Later he received an email from Vermut speaking to him “as if nothing had happened.” She responded by saying that she didn't want to know anything more about him.
The third case occurred at the end of 2019, where this woman and Carlos Vermut had the first of several prolonged sexual encounters for several years “with non-consensual violence.” “There was never a prior or subsequent conversation regarding the terms of those relationships,” says the woman, who describes humiliating physical practices and denigrating comments that made her feel “at a disadvantage and inferiority.” He also offered him a job that never materialized. In their last meeting, in 2022, Carlos Vermut prevented her from leaving the house so as not to leave him alone, always according to this woman's story, and the next morning, it was he who sent her a message communicating the end of their relationship.
The filmmaker has met three times with the newspaper that published the accusations and has stressed in his interviews that he has “always practiced rough sex in a consensual manner.” “I think consent is very important. Another thing is that the person at home later felt bad and perhaps at the time was afraid to say it. I can't know that," the filmmaker responded. His case is the first Me Too case in the Spanish film industry.