Reps of Mr. Aghdashloo and his daughter did not reply to emailed requests for comment.
Mr. Aghdashloo’s supporters, like some of his previous students, have taken to social media to reject the allegations and recount good reminiscences of their encounter in his workshops. On Wednesday, his 80th birthday, they shared photos of preceding get-togethers with Mr. Aghdashloo surrounded by feminine learners and a birthday cake.
“I discovered wonderful classes in everyday living and art from you, pleased birthday dear teacher,” Sanaz Barzegar, an artist, wrote on her Instagram website page with a photo of Mr. Aghdashloo.
In Canada, a petition started off by a handful of females in August has now garnered extra than 800 signatures calling for the massively well-known biannual Iranian-Canadian Tirgan cultural festival, which drew 160,000 persons previous calendar year, to announce publicly that it will no more time invite Mr. Aghdashloo.
The festival’s chief executive and board have remained noncommittal about the accusations.
“Our board made the decision this has nothing to do with Tirgan,” stated the chief govt, Mehrdad Ariannejad. “We invite as several artists as we can to our gatherings and performances. Are they heading to inquire all the corporations, all the museums all-around the world, all the people that have been in get in touch with with Mr. Aghdashloo to arrive out and acquire a posture?”
In 2017, an interview with Mr. Aghdashloo at the competition was posted to the Tirgan YouTube channel.
“I individually, surely, condemn any violence in opposition to females. I’ve normally supported women’s rights,” mentioned Mr. Ariannejad, including that he believed the accounts should really be investigated by an impartial judicial human body right before any conclusions are drawn. “You can not go out and condemn this human being,” he mentioned.
Mr. Ariannejad also co-owns an artwork gallery with one of Mr. Aghdashloo’s previous wives, Fay Athari, in the trendy Distillery District of Toronto. The Arta Gallery is acknowledged as the cultural coronary heart of the city’s smaller Iranian group, internet hosting book launches, artwork reveals and lectures.
In August, just as public accusations versus Mr. Aghdashloo were being coming out on Iranian social media, the gallery highlighted Aghdashloo will work and publicized artwork workshops with him about 3 times, stating, “Are you all set for a workshop with a legend?”