In an interview with the Swedish news agency TT, the king flatly denied allegations he visited sex clubs and had indirect contact with organized crime. It's not enough to keep spinning tales with invisible thread. World News.
The king denies ever visiting the Gold club in Atlanta in or the Carat club in Bratislava in Markovic owned the strip club that the king is said to have visited and claims to have compromising pictures of the king. It is sad that he has displayed such poor judgement and been in contact with the wrong group of, well, should we call them criminal groups. But recent events and opinion polls has not made the king willing to change his plans on when and how he should hand over the throne to Crown Princess Victoria.
Did the Swedish king visit strip clubs, and why did his friend seek a gangster's help to snuff out the scandal? Those questions have the nation in a tizzy and are posing the monarchy its most serious challenge during Carl Gustaf's nearly four decades on the throne.
The media, much less enthralled by the royal family than the public, is attacking the year-old monarch with unprecedented fury. One leading newspaper has even urged the king to step down. Others suggest he should go if it turns out he was lying when he denied visiting strip clubs in the US and Slovakia, claims first presented in a book published last year.
King denies strip club visits and mob contacts
At the heart of the scandal is The Reluctant Monarcha book released in November that for the first time put into print long-standing rumours about the private life of Carl Gustaf, who has three adult children with his German-born wife, Queen Silvia. The book alleged that the king had a secret love affair in the s and described how he and his friends frequented private night clubs in Stockholm where they were entertained by scantily clad women.
It also claimed he visited exclusive strip clubs during foreign visits - in Atlanta during the Olympics and in Slovakia in - citing former employees of those establishments. Many of the allegations are poorly sourced and critics say the book, which was presented as a biography, amounts to nothing more than a gossip magazine in hard cover. The king's supporters say he is the victim of a malicious slander campaign fuelled by republican forces who normally do not get much attention in Sweden.
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Most Swedes want to preserve the constitutional monarchy even though it is widely seen as contradicting the principles of democracy and equality that underpin Swedish society. The monarchy's survival hinges to a large degree on its popularity. A recent poll showed about 44 per cent of the Swedes wanted Carl Gustaf to remain king, while 17 per cent said he ought to give way to his eldest daughter, the popular year-old Crown Princess Victoria.
The margin of error was 2 to 3 percentage points. A similar poll about 12 months ago, showed 64 per cent of Swedes wanting the king to stay on the throne. Carl Gustaf first addressed the allegations in a somewhat confused monologue to reporters at his annual moose hunt in November, saying his family was "turning the ".
He did not deny the allegations, which was seen by many as a partial admission.
Sweden's king in strip club scandal
It might have been expected to end there. After all, the king was not accused of anything illegal and Swedes do not get into a moral panic about extramarital affairs.
But the question of strip club visits - frowned upon in Sweden's egalitarian society - would not go away. In May, the story took a new twist when Swedish Radio aired a secret recording in which one of the king's friends, Anders Lettstrom, was heard discussing the scandal with a reputed gangland figure.
Strip club scandal: pressure mounts on swedish king
Their conversation centered on Mille Markovic, a former nightclub owner and a key source in the book who claims to have pictures of the king's entourage in compromising situations. Swedish Radio broadcast parts of a conversation in which Lettstrom wanted to know exactly what material Markovic had and how much it would cost to make him hand it over.
After initial denials, Lettstrom issued a statement to Swedish news agency TT admitting he had contacted criminals in a misguided attempt to find out "how so many lies about me and others" could have been spread in the book about the king. Lettstrom said he had acted alone and that the king knew nothing about it.
Under mounting media pressure, the king agreed to an interview with TT about his private life on Monday. In the interview, Carl Gustaf rejected any knowledge of Lettstrom's contacts with criminals and said he no longer considered Lettstrom a friend.
He also denied having visited the specific strip clubs mentioned in the book. In answer to whether he had ever visited a strip club, the king asked the reporter to define what exactly he meant by one, then recalled a visit to a cabaret in Paris.
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Tabloid Aftonbladetone of Sweden's biggest newspapers, called on the king to abdicate, saying his credibility had been tainted. The TT reporter also asked the king whether the situation had made the monarch think about passing the crown to Victoria. It's not relevant," the king said. Strip club scandal: pressure mounts on Swedish king. Please try again later.
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June 7, — 8. Save Log inregister or subscribe to save articles for later. Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size. The interview did not go down well with the public or the media.