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Scandalous allegations of ‘groping’ and corruption rock Nobel board

The Nobel Priize for literature might be suspended this year as the scandal grows. Photo: Nobel organisation
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A scandal that has engulfed the Swedish Academy, known for selecting the Nobel literature laureate each year, shows no sign of abating as another member announced her departure from the body.

Journalist and author Sara Stridsberg has decided to leave, the academy announced online on Saturday. The academy is now down to 10 active members from its original 18.

The Nobel prize-giving body admitted this week that it is in “a state of crisis following a period of strong disagreement between members over important issues”.

The rift emerged in early April over how to handle allegations raised against one of the academy’s members, poet Katarina Frostenson, and her husband, Jean-Claude Arnault.

A law firm was commissioned in November to investigate sexual harassment allegations by 18 women against Arnault. He denies the allegations.

One allegation, as reported on Saturday in the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper, states that he groped Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria.

Frostenson is also accused of violating conflict-of-interest rules by failing to disclose that she was co-owner of a performance venue run by her husband, which had previously received funding from the academy.

According to Swedish media reports, the academy is considering postponing the Nobel literature prize by one year as it deals with the growing scandal