Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 Canceled Amid Sex Abuse Scandal

Written by on May 26, 2018 in Books, Entertainment, Films & TV, Media & Arts with 0 Comments


David Canfield | Entertainment Weekly

For the first time since 1949, the world’s most prestigious honor for achievement in literature will not be bestowed, due in part to a sexual abuse scandal that has embroiled the Swedish Academy, the group announced Friday morning.

“The present decision was arrived at in view of the currently diminished academy and the reduced public confidence in the academy,” the Swedish Academy said in a statement.

The cancellation of the Nobel Prize for Literature, last awarded to Kazuo Ishiguro, is largely due to the accusations that were made against Jean-Claude Arnault, a major Swedish cultural figure who is married to a member of the Swedish Academy, author Katarina Frostenson. It was reported by the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter in November of last year that 18 women alleged sexual harassment and physical abuse by Arnault over a two-decade period; later, allegations of a conflict-of-interest over a literary club he and Frostenson ran, and of leaking names of prior Nobel laureates, swelled.

Arnault’s attorney Björn Hurtig says that his client denies all the allegations, arguing he’s become “the victim of a witch hunt” and that they “may have been made with the sole purpose of harming” him, according to The Guardian. Public prosecutors have said that they are dropping parts of their probe due to lack of evidence, however the bulk of the investigation continues.


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