The mayor of Copenhagen presented his resignation on Monday after two women accused him of having sexually harassed them, a resignation that occurs at a time when they multiply complaints of sexual assault in Denmark.
Frank Jensen, 59, had apologized Friday after two women accused him of having touched them inappropriately in 2012 and 2017, but he had assured that he would continue to exercise his position.
But the head of the youth section of the Danish Social Democratic Party said on Sunday that he had been informed of eight other people who had been harassed by the Social Democratic mayor or had witnessed it.
Although he had received support from his party over the weekend, the mayor finally decided to resign this Monday.
“This will overshadow all the political work I want to do, for this reason I decided to resign from my position as mayor “, said Jensen, head of the municipal government of the Danish capital since 2010.
The mayor also resigned his post as deputy head of the Social Democratic Party, who runs the Danish government since 2015.
The Danish Prime Minister, the Social Democrat Mette Frederiksen, He asked this Monday for a change of mentalities.
“Harassment and assaults cannot be defended. Together we must create a culture in which this is not accepted. Neither in words nor in deeds, “the prime minister said in a statement.
Thousands of Danish women reported in recent weeks who had been victims of sexual assault or sexist behavior in this Scandinavian country, often considered one of the most advanced when it comes to gender equality.
This wave of liberation from the feminine word It started at the end of August when Sofie Linde, a famous Danish TV host, surprised viewers by ensuring that a senior public television leader He had proposed to catapult her career if he gave her a blowjob.