Multiple women working at Swedish publicly funded broadcaster SVT have come forward claiming that a high-level manager in the company had repeatedly sexually harassed them.
The women came forward as part of the “#metoo” campaign on social media which has encouraged women to reveal their experiences of sexual harassment in the workplace following the Weinstein affair in the U.S.
While SVT has admitted that the man holds a high-level managerial position and that they have opened an investigation into his conduct, they have so far refused to identify him, Dagens ETC reports.
Hanna Dowling, Head of Corporate Communications at SVT, commented on the matter saying: “Many executives became aware of the charges on Wednesday.”
“We acted on one occasion and an internal investigation is currently being conducted. The person is not in the workplace during the investigation,” she added.
According to sources within SVT, the sexual incidents involved inappropriate touching, kissing, and other physical contacts by the high-level manager.
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“We are waiting for the investigation before we take a stand for a possible criminal report,” Dowling said.
The claims are not the first time a manager within the public broadcaster has been accused of sexual misconduct. Last month, it was revealed that an SVT employee had been a member of a “sugar daddy” website and had attempted to buy the virginity of a 14-year-old girl online.
The employee was exposed when it was revealed that the 14-year-old was fictional and that the real person behind the account was Swedish investigative broadcast journalist Lisah Silfwer.
Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet has also claimed that some of its female employees have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations toward one of their male staff, as well. While the paper has also announced they will be conducting an internal investigation, they, too, have chosen not to release the identity of the man accused.