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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Copenhagen Mayor Resigns Over Sexual Harassment Claims

Copenhagen mayor Frank Jensen resigns over multiple sexual harassment allegations.

Copenhagen mayor Frank Jensen resigns over multiple sexual harassment allegations.

Jensen was accused by two women, including a former employee of the Social Democratic Party for allegedly sexually harassing them in 2012 and 2017.

Both incidents were said to have taken place at social events and involved Jensen touching the women against their will.

Jensen admitted to those allegations and apologized for having harassed several women during his 30-year-long stint.

“I myself have been part of a bad, unhealthy, but also old and rooted culture in our party. I’ve been a part of the problem myself. I want to help create the necessary changes. I will do anything to ensure that we get together across gender, parties, unions, and business to change our entire community culture,” said Jensen on his Facebook page. 

Jensen first opted to remain in his position in order to change the “sexual culture” in their City Hall but was pressured by Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen to step down. 

Aside from removing himself as Mayor, Jensen also stepped down from his position as deputy of Denmark’s governing Social Democratic Party.

Young Social Democrats in Copenhagen chair Cecilie Sværke Preiss said that Jensen’s admission and resignation is a big step for Denmark’s delayed #MeToo movement.

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