The sex scandal involving a member of the Swedish Academy – the organisation that decides the Nobel Prize for Literature – has forced it to shift the announcement of an award this year. The academy says it rather will announce the 2018 winner along with the 2019 winner next year.
“The present decision was arrived at in view of the currently diminished Academy and the reduced public confidence in the Academy,” the academy said in its statement.
The scandal, which emerge last November, involved French photographer Jean-Claude Arnault, who was accused by 18 women of sexual assault. Several of the alleged incidents reportedly happened in properties belonging to the academy, the BBC said.
The incident plunged the academy into a crisis over its handling of the incident and also saw Arnault’s wife resigning from the organisation.