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January 07, 1988|JOHN VOLAND | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

A Dutch Jewish actor--whose alleged abduction in neighboring Belgium last month raised new fears of cultural anti-Semitism--said late Tuesday night he faked the abduction and subsequently blamed it on a Dutch right-wing group. An Amsterdam prosecutor said Wednesday that Jules Croiset could face prosecution in the Netherlands or Belgium for false declarations to police. Croiset initially claimed he was kidnaped for 13 hours in Bruges by rightists who he said were seeking revenge for his public role in stopping performances of "Rubbish, the City and Death," a play by West German film maker Rainer Werner Fassbinder that many Dutch officials found anti-Semitic. But Croiset told Belgian investigators the kidnap incident never happened and also confessed he had made bomb threats to the Rotterdam theater staging the play.

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