23:12 GMT +322 January 2020
Listen Live
    Europe
    Get short URL
    249
    Subscribe

    Ari Behn, a former member of Norway’s royal family who was one of Kevin Spacey’s sexual assault accusers, died by suicide on Wednesday, his manager confirmed.

    The successful Danish author was married to Norway’s Princess Martha Louise between 2002 and 2017. They have three daughters, the youngest of whom is 11. 

    “It is with great sadness in our hearts that I on behalf of the very closest relatives of Ari Behn must announce that he took his own life today,” his manager, Geir Hakonsund, said in an email to AFP.

    “Ari was an important part of our family for many years, and we carry warm and good memories of him with us,” the Royal House of Norway said in a statement. Martha Louise is the eldest child of King Harald and Queen Sonja and fourth in line to the throne.

    Behn published his first book, a collection of short stories titled “Sad as Hell,” in 1999. He also wrote several novels and plays. His last book, “Inferno,” came out last year and detailed his struggle with mental health issues. 

    In December 2017, Behn accused Spacey of groping him under a table at a Nobel Peace Prize concert in 2007. Spacey has been accused by more than a dozen men of sexual misconduct. In July, sexual assault charges in Massachusetts involving an 18-year-old man were dropped. Spacey had denied the allegations.

    Related:

    Kevin Spacey Makes First Public Appearance After Sexual Assault Charges Dropped (Photos)
    Kevin Spacey Promises to ‘Kill’ His Haters ‘With Kindness’ in Another Christmas Video
    Sexual Assault Charges Dropped Against Actor Kevin Spacey
    Kevin Spacey Says Alleged Sexual Assault Accuser Was ‘Flirting’ With Him
    Tags:
    Kevin Spacey, suicide, Norway
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik