Icelandic diplomat and former chairman of the Icelandic Social Democratic Party, Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson, has recently come under scrutiny for sexual misconduct, Morgunblaðið reports. Twenty-three women have now published a blog site detailing the allegations, with the earliest dating back to the year 1962.
This is not the first time women have come forward accusing Jón Baldvin of harassment. In 2012 Hannibalsson made headlines when Guðrún Harðardóttir, the niece of Jón’s wife, published a number of letters he sent her when she was between the ages of 14 and 17, many of whom are sexual in nature. Earlier this month, Stundin reported additional accounts of sexual misconduct and Jón’s daughter, Aldís Schram, has also been in the media, detailing her fraught relationship with her father in the wake of his alleged harassment of her former classmates.
This morning, 23 women, including the ones who had come forward earlier, published their stories online. The stories range from alleged harassment to sexual coercion and the accusers include Jón Baldvin’s sister-in-law, daughter and former students.
Jón Baldvin was active in politics in Iceland between the mid-eighties and mid-nineties, serving as Minister of Finance and later as Minister of Foreign Affairs He then went on to serve as diplomat in the United States and Mexico, and later in Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Jón has denied the accusations but admits having sent letters to his wife’s niece, with one of them turning overtly sexual as he wrote under the influence of alcohol at an airport when a flight was delayed.
Many of Jón’s accusers have pressed charges, with the police eventually dropping their investigation due to lack of evidence.