Mayor of Copenhagen steps down over sexual harassment

by Reuters
Monday, 19 October 2020 11:13 GMT

Mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen holds a news conference at Islands Brygge in Copenhagen, Denmark October 19, 2020. Ritzau Scanpix/Philip Davali via REUTERS

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Mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen has been accused of sexually harassing two women in 2012 and 2017

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COPENHAGEN, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Frank Jensen, mayor of Denmark's capital Copenhagen, resigned on Monday after admitting to several episodes of sexual harassment, and he apologised to "the women I have offended".

Jensen, who will also step down as deputy of Denmark's governing Social Democratic Party, has served as Lord Mayor of Copenhagen since 2010.

His exit came after two women, one of them employed by the Social Democrats, described being sexually harassed by Jensen in 2012 and 2017, in remarks published on Friday by daily Jyllands-Posten. Both incidents were at social events and involved Jensen touching the women against their will, they said.

In a post on Facebook early on Monday, Jensen said he had been part of a "harmful" and "old" culture in the Social Democratic Party.

"I would like to apologise to the women I have offended," Jensen told a news conference.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said she took the accusations "very seriously."

"It is obvious that we in the Social Democratic Party have problems, and that needs to change now," she said.

Jensen, 59, has been in politics for more than 30 years, serving at minister of justice and minister of research in the 1990s and early 2000s.

(Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen and Nikolaj Skydsgaard; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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