Three prominent members of the Swedish Academy have resigned in protest at close ties between the institution, which awards the Nobel Literature Prize, and a high-profile man accused of sexual assault.
The Academy has been reeling since it was revealed as part of the #MeToo campaign in November that several members, as well as members’ wives and daughters, had allegedly been assaulted by the well-known figure at the centre of the scandal.
Sweden’s Dagens Nyheter newspaper broke the news, publishing the testimony of 18 women claiming to have been assaulted or raped by one of the most influential figures in Stockholm’s cultural scene.
The Academy has since cut all ties with the man, who has not been publicly identified. But his identity is generally known by the public as he is a high-profile person in cultural circles.
According to Dagens Nyheter, the alleged sexual assaults occurred between 1996 and 2017.
The fallout continued Friday as King Carl XVI Gustaf was informed of developments as the director general of the Nobel Foundation Lars Heikensten expressed concern over a “serious and difficult situation”.