Olof Palme's son reports brothel film for slander
Published: 07 Dec 2012 13:59 GMT+01:00
Updated: 07 Dec 2012 13:59 GMT+01:00
The son of assassinated Prime Minister Olof Palme has reported the film Call Girl for slander, as it portrays a political character similar to his father buying sex.
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Mårten Palme handed in his complaint to the Justice Chancellor (Justitieskanslern) on Friday, reported Sveriges Television (SVT).
"I think it's unacceptable to spread rumours without substance, in particular accusations of criminal acts, that my father was guilty of paedophilia and exploited a minor," Mårten Palme told SVT.
The film is reportedly based on a late 1970s political scandal in Sweden, when Justice Minister Lennart Geijer was rumoured to be buying sex from an under-aged prostitute.
Daily Dagens Nyheter in 1977 wrote about a secret memo from the police to Palme sharing information that Geijer, along with several other high-ranking officials, may be frequenting a brothel with connections to a foreign intelligence service.
The paper was criticized, however, and eventually fined after Geijer – backed by Palme – denied the existence of such a memo.
In 1991, the memo was made public, verifying the original claim.
Despite this, no investigation has ever proven that Geijer or any of the others had been customers at the infamous brothel.
In "Call Girl", however, it is not the justice minister but the prime minister who has sex with an under-aged prostitute.
In October, Mikael Marcimain, the director of the film, defended his work in a text message to the TT news agency:
“We have made a feature film, a work of fiction. A thriller. This is not a documentary. It is a work of art. I have no further comments," Marcimain wrote.