A book entitled “Greek expectations,” written by the American author Frances Mayes, has caused havoc and brought on lawsuits on the Greek island of Halki, as it talks about orgies in a Greek monastery refering to specific people of the island.
Eight residents of Halki submitted lawsuits against the English author and are claiming 800,000 euros in financial compensation for non-material damages. According to the lawsuit, the book reveals the identities of the individuals supposedly involved in the orgies.
Mayes, who lived on the Greek island of Halki, decided to write this book in 2008 which was published at the end of the same year.
A certain extract of the book refers to two young ladies who had sexual intercourse with several men in the cells of a Greek monastery while the priest was conducting the Holy Communion ceremony in the church.
The residents say that the book includes “false and libelous content,” stressing that the author’s aim is fame and money.
However, the author defends her innocence claiming she wrote the book using fictional characters and incidents without disclosing the name of the place. She also highlights the fact that she rewrote the book once she understood that specific parts could be misinterpreted by the readers.
The corrections were made before the publication of the book and all the copies printed up to that point were corrected with correction fluid.
In 2009, the author proceeded in removing certain paragraphs of the book.
According to Francis Mayes, the lawsuit claimants had taken the corrected book, removed the correction fluid and read the defamatory extracts as previously mentioned.