A MeToo debate is raging in Denmark: the mayor of the capital has to leave his office. Several women accuse him of aggressive behavior.
The Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, resigns after being accused of misconduct towards women. He had decided to retire as mayor of the Danish capital with immediate effect, said the Social Democrat on Monday at a press conference called at short notice in the Islands Brygge district.
He does not want to stand in the way of the city’s progress and is happy with what Copenhagen has achieved in recent years. In addition, he is also resigning from his post as deputy chairman of the Danish Social Democrats.
In the course of the MeToo debate, which Denmark had belatedly over the past few weeks, several women have also brought allegations against Jensen. Among other things, he is said to have behaved sexually offensive towards them in incidents in 2012 and 2017.
Allegations against Harvey Weinstein sparked “MeToo”
The MeToo movement began in the fall of 2017 after allegations of abuse against US film producer Harvey Weinstein were raised. As a result, more and more women worldwide shared stories of sexual violence that were collected under the catchphrase “#MeToo” and sparked a public debate about how to deal with such acts. Weinstein himself is now charged with rape and sexual assault sentenced to 23 years in prison.
Copenhagen’s mayor himself apologized for his behavior after a crisis meeting in the town hall on Sunday evening. A clear majority of his party comrades are behind the fact that he remains mayor, Jensen had said. The 59-year-old has been the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen since 2010. He was previously the Danish Minister of Science and Justice.