Ari Behn, former member of Norway’s royal family and Kevin Spacey accuser, passed away at 47

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • Ari Behn, a former member of Norway’s royal family and also one of Kevin Spacey’s accusers, died by suicide at the age of 47.
  • Behn, who is also a successful Danish author, was married to Norway’s Princess Martha Louise between 2002 and 2017.
  • In December 2017, Behn came forward with his accusation that Spacey groped him under a table during a Nobel Peace Prize concert in 2007.

Ari Behn, a former member of Norway’s royal family who was also one of Kevin Spacey’s sexual assault accusers, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 47. According to his manager, Geir Hakonsund, Behn died by suicide.

Hakonsund informed AFP in an email that read: “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.”

Behn was married to Norway’s Princess Martha Louise, the eldest child of King Harald and Queen Sonja, between 2002 and 2017. Martha Louise, 48, is fourth in line to the throne. The two of them have three daughters, the youngest of whom is 11.

The Royal House of Norway issued a statement that read, “Ari was an important part of our family for many years, and we carry warm and good memories of him with us.”

Behn is also a successful Danish author who has penned several short stories, novels, and plays. His first book, a collection of short stories entitled “Sad as Hell,” was published in 1999. His last published book came out last year. Entitled “Inferno,” it detailed his struggle with mental health issues.

Behn came forward with his accusation against Spacey in December 2017. He claimed that Spacey had groped him under a table during a Nobel Peace Prize concert in 2007. Spacey is yet to respond to that allegation.

The disgraced actor had another accuser who passed away in September. The anonymous massage therapist had sued Spacey, accusing him of sexual assault during a session in 2016.

About a dozen more men had accused the 60-year-old actor of sexual misconduct. In July, Spacey faced sexual assault charges involving an 18-year-old man but the case was dropped. Spacey also denied the allegations.

 

Source: Page Six

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