The Swedish Academy’s permanent secretary Sara Danius speaking to reporters Thursday evening regarding the allegations.
The Swedish Academy’s permanent secretary Sara Danius speaking to reporters Thursday evening regarding the allegations. Credit: Vilhelm Stokstad/TT

Swedish Academy cuts ties with man accused of sexual assault

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Eighteen women have accused a man with close ties to the Swedish Academy of assaulting or harassing them as far back as 1996.

Newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported that the man works in a prominent position in the cultural field in Stockholm.

He is not a member of the academy, which bestows the Nobel Prize in Literature, but has a close working relationship with the organization.

On Thursday, Sara Danius, the Swedish Academy’s permanent secretary, announced that the institution was cutting all contact as well as personal and financial ties with the man. The academy has given the man's literary club about SEK 126,000 per year since 2010.

Reading from a press release, Danius said academy members, wives and daughters of members and staff "have been exposed to unwanted intimacy or inappropriate treatment by the person concerned."

Danius also added that the academy would review its routines in an effort to identify and stop similar instances of sexual abuse from happening in the future.

The newspaper's report detailed instances of unwanted advances by the man to groping and forced oral sex. The man declined an interview with the paper but wrote ”I have not done anything!!!” in a text message to the reporter.

Swedish Radio has also sought the man for comment but has not received any as of Friday afternoon.

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