• Sweden's news in English

'Poop in boots' scandal has Cats cast hissing

David Landes · 20 Oct 2009, 15:08

Published: 20 Oct 2009 15:08 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

“We had a crisis meeting last weekend and an internal investigation is underway,” producer Lars Damberg told the Expressen newspaper.

Since opening at Stockholm’s Cirkus theatre on September 9th, Cats has played to full houses and been a hit with critics.

But backstage, everyone remains on edge following accusations of sexual harassment by a male cast member.

Several female cast members allege that the man in question has made a number of inappropriate comments and even gone as far as groping them behind the scenes.

Tensions reached a new high at the weekend when the accused man returned to his locker to find someone had filled his shoes with excrement and left a note reading “stop harassing us”.

Members of the Cats cast have been told to keep quiet about the details of the incident, but actor Per Myrberg confirmed that the mood backstage has become “really bloody uncomfortable”.

After first denying any knowledge that all was not well with the Cats cast, producer Damberg later admitted to Expressen that he was looking into the allegations.

But he said that prior to incident at the weekend, he was unaware of the sexual harassment accusations, citing the cast’s large size and wide age range.

Story continues below…

“Things can happen. And the girls are so young; they’re as young as my children. So it can be hard to talk to an old man like me,” Damberg told the newspaper.

He stressed, however, that he plans to investigate the allegations thoroughly, adding that anyone found to have sexually harassed other cast members would no longer be allowed to continue working on the musical.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

16:28 October 20, 2009 by Harding00
Now THAT'S a good headline.
16:34 October 20, 2009 by Stormysmoker
Perhaps the ladies wanted to make him grow (up.)
18:02 October 20, 2009 by eZee.se
What? No litter box?

Sounds like a bunch of bitches rather than cats :D
20:03 October 20, 2009 by Will Hart
The solution is simple, write the self indulging "dick" out of the script!
21:59 October 20, 2009 by Nemesis
Fire the guy. Replace him with someone else.
05:37 October 21, 2009 by MarkBoston
In the United States, we call them Tom Cats. And the way we calm down their Tom-Catting behavior is to go in with a scalpel and remove the offending little organs. Old Tom wakes up wondering what all the fuss was about. I'm sure it would work for this cat as well.
06:59 October 21, 2009 by Uncle
"Fire the guy. Replace him with someone else."

Right, but the one who pooped in his shoes is clearly completely normal and should stay at work... Hopefully she will not cut off her own thumb and put it in his coat pocket in protest...
08:57 October 21, 2009 by proteasome
Shocking story, hard to believe that this could happen today. A male dancer who joins Cats is straight?
11:14 October 21, 2009 by Monty Clift
The poster MarkBoston is apparently what we call in the US a "Crazy Cat Woman". This person is a vicious female from the politically correct feminazi Marxist city of Boston and is advocating violence over some trivial matter. It sounds to me like the deranged female(s) who put cat poop in his shoes are the harassers.
13:01 October 21, 2009 by Rebel
Now what, "Two girls, one boot"?
13:18 October 21, 2009 by karex
@Monty Clift

And you sound like one of those people who blame the victim...

So, excrement in a shoe is "violence over some trivial matter"? My method most likley would have involved a stun gun to the family jewels, so should I receive capital punishment for that?

I take it you have never been grabbed or attacked by a pervert.
01:01 October 22, 2009 by Monty Clift
karex: why don't you just stick to one name on here. We don't behave like vigilantes and inflict severe bodily injury on men merely based on some allegations by young silly girls. We all know that females are very unreliable when they make accusations and overreact to the slightest thing especially when their "feelings" or inflated Egos are hurt. And yes, many times the so called "victim" invites these sort of things(assuming it even happened) by her own actions.Then when she gets the attention may complain if she suddenly has a change of heart(common in females due to widely fluctuating hormones). So we must always take anything a female says with a grain of salt. A very large one.
17:23 October 23, 2009 by Decedo
So can they fire him in Sweden? I bet the 'system' will see him as the victim and arrange counselling or promote him.
20:08 October 23, 2009 by optomlinson
All of this is deeply disturbing on so many levels.
Today's headlines
Hundreds protest Swedish asylum laws
Around 1,000 people protested in Stockholm. Photo: Fredrik Persson/ TT

Hundreds of people on Saturday demonstrated in Stockholm and in many other parts of the country to protest Sweden’s tough new laws on asylum-seekers.

Dylan removes Nobel-mention from website
The American musician has more or less responded to the news with silence. Photo: Per Wahlberg

American singer-song writer Bob Dylan has removed any mention of him being named one of this year’s Nobel Prize laureates on his official website.

Refugee crisis
Asylum requests in Sweden down by 70 percent
Sweden's migration minister Morgan Johansson. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Sweden received 70 percent fewer requests for asylum in the period between January and September 2016 than it did during the same time last year, the country’s justice and migration minister Morgan Johansson has revealed.

The unique story of Stockholm's floating libraries
The Stockholm archipelago book boat. Photo: Roger Hill.

Writer Roger Hill details his journeys on the boats that carry books over Stockholm's waterways and to its most remote places.

Refugee crisis
Second Stockholm asylum centre fire in a week
The new incident follows a similar fire in Fagersjö last week (pictured). Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Police suspect arson in the blaze, as well as a similar incident which occurred last Sunday.

More misery for Ericsson as losses pile up
Ericsson interim CEO Jan Frykhammar presenting its third quarter results. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

The bad news just keeps coming from the Swedish telecoms giant.

Facebook 'sorry' for removing Swedish cancer video
A computer displaying Facebook's landing page. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

The social media giant had censored a video explaining how women should check for suspicious lumps in their breasts.

Watch this amazing footage of Sweden’s landscapes
A still from the aerial footage of Sweden. Photo: Nate Summer-Cook

The spectacular drone footage captures both Sweden's south and the opposite extreme, thousands of kilometres north.

Sweden could be allowed to keep border controls: EU
Police ID checks at Hyllie station in southern Sweden. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/TT

Sweden could be allowed to keep ID controls on its border with Denmark beyond the current end date of November, following discussions among EU leaders in Brussels last night.

Why women in Sweden will work for free by November
File photo of a woman working in a Swedish office. Photo: Anders Willund/TT

A new study into the gender pay gap suggests Sweden still has some work to do.

Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Here's where it could snow in central Sweden this weekend
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
7 reasons you should join Sweden's 'a-kassa'
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
People-watching: October 20th
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Sponsored Article
'There was no future for me in Turkey'
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
Sponsored Article
'There was no future for me in Turkey'
People-watching: October 12th
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
People-watching: October 7th-9th
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
Missing rune stone turns up in Sweden
Nobel Prize 2016: Chemistry
jobs available