The actor is expected to plead guilty after police found more than 50,000 pornographic images in his possession.
Austrian actor Florian Teichtmeister, who recently rose to international fame as Emperor Franz Joseph in the Oscar-winning film “Corsage,” has been charged with possession of child pornography. The news was first reported The Hollywood Reporter.
Austrian authorities allegedly found more than 58,000 digital images of sexualized minors in Teichtmeister’s possession. The pornographic content included participants who were 14 years old.
Teichtmeister’s attorney, Michael Rami, said in a statement that the actor plans to plead guilty to all charges. “Throughout the investigation, he confessed and always cooperated with the authorities,” Rami said. His trial begins on February 8 and he could face up to two years in prison. IndieWire has reached out to Teichtmeister’s representatives for further comment.
The news comes as “Corsage,” an IFC Films release, tries to get its awards campaign over the finish line. Marie Kreutzer’s film is Austria’s official entry for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film and was recently among the 15 finalists.
“We have just learned of the allegations against Florian Teichtmeister and are deeply shocked and appalled,” an IFC Films spokesperson said in a statement to THR. “We will not let the actions of a single supporting cast minimize or invalidate the incredible work and achievements of the entire cast and crew of Corsage.”
In his IndieWire review of “Corsage,” Adam Solomons wrote, “From Mozart’s birth in 1756 to the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the end of World War I, Vienna was a golden age — to paraphrase Darlene Madison. Cox – an important and exciting time. However, Empress Elizabeth “Corsage” is not feeling it. During this time, Europe’s second-largest city of culture—never Paris—was home to Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Strauss, Klimt and Freud. And though Beethoven died a decade before she was born, “Für Elise” certainly strikes a different note as it accompanies Elisabeth’s breakdown. While “Corsage” makes a worthy attempt to recast Elisabeth as independent from her limitations, its final note makes it feel a little too much like its own requiem.
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