Martin Timell
Martin Timell Credit: TT

Martin Timell cleared of rape charge

The Attunda District Court, citing a lack of evidence, has dismissed a rape charge against former TV4 host Martin Timell.

The court decided that the risk of faulty memories was too big for the charge to be able to be proven without technical evidence. The police report was filed in October 2017, nine years after the alleged crime would have been committed. 

During the trial, 10 people, who attended the same party, testified, but the court concluded that it could not be stated with certainty that the crime was committed, therefore Timell has been acquitted.

According to the prosecution, Timell had assaulted a woman in a hot tub during a work party in 2008.

The prosecutor, Anna Bengtsson, had argued for him to serve two years in prison, while his defense attorney, Hanna Lindblom, had maintained that the evidence didn't hold. Timell has denied committing the crime.

During the lawsuit, TV4 terminated Timell's contact and removed all his programs from its online streaming service.

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