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Swedish Academy head quits Nobel body amid sexual misconduct scandal

Streetview of the Swedish Academy in Stockholm Head of Nobel literature prize panel quits over sex abuse scandal
Preston Stone | 16 Апреля, 2018, 05:24

"It was the wish of the Academy that I should leave my role as Permanent Secretary", Danius told reporters on Thursday.

The Nobel Foundation Board has sharply criticized the Swedish Academy, which chooses the Nobel Literature Prize victor each year, for damaging its own reputation and threatening to tarnish the reputation of the Nobel Prize itself.

Last week, three male members - Klas Ostergren, Kjell Espmark and Peter Englund - resigned over the academy's vote not to remove Frostenson.

Last November, inspired by the #MeToo campaign, 18 women made allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Jean-Claude Arnault, the husband of Academy member Katarina Frostenson.

The public row and defections from the academy have raised concerns that the image of the Nobel prizes and Sweden's reputation overseas could suffer.

The academy has since severed all ties with him and cut grants made to him.

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The Academy, which in under the direct patronage of the Norwegian king, is traditionally very discreet and has been deeply shaken by the scandal. While announcing her resignation, Danius said she had lost the confidence of the academy, but did not comment on whether the academy voted to remove her, according to The Guardian. Danius held the post since 2015.

Academy members are appointed for life and resignations are extremely rare.

"A radical guesture was needed to create the conditions for a new beginning", he told Swedish public television, SVT.

With Thursday's announcement, seven of the academy's 18 members have stepped down, casting doubts as to whether the organization can function properly. Therefore, they can not resign but are technically refusing to participate without being replaced.

It is not the first time the Academy has faced a wave of resignations. A fourth member has also threatened to leave. The Academy finally did so 27 years later.

State prosecutors have opened a preliminary investigation into the sexual abuse accusations, but said in March that some parts of the probe had to be shelved because of a lack of evidence and the statute of limitations having expired for some of the incidents.

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