Former Foreign Affairs Minister Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson has been charged with sexual assault, mbl.is reports. Jón divulged the information himself in a column published in Morgunblaðið newspaper today. The former Foreign Affairs Minister, Finance Minister, and diplomat had previously been accused of sexual harassment by at least 12 women over a 50-year period.
The charge concerns Jón’s alleged assault of a woman who was a visitor in his home, alleging he “stroked up and down her buttocks over her clothing.” Jón called the charge “pure fabrication” and stated it was part of “a co-ordinated attack on my reputation.”
Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson was Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs between 1988 and 1995, as well as Minister of Finance between 1987-88. He sat as a Member of Parliament between 1982 to 1998. Later, he served as Iceland’s ambassador to the United States and Finland. Jón Baldvin is also known for his support of the Baltic states’ secession from the Soviet Union during his stint as Minister for Foreign Affairs. He was awarded the Commander’s Grand Cross by Lithuanian authorities for his role in recognising the country’s independence from the Soviet Union.