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Swedish kid's TV host fined for cocaine use

The Local/pvs · 12 Sep 2011, 12:42

Published: 12 Sep 2011 12:42 GMT+02:00

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Lindholm received his penalty at Solna District Court in Stockholm on Monday where his conviction for minor drugs offences was announced.

The case dates backs to April when Lindholm, then presenter of the popular Sveriges Television (SVT) adventure show "Wild Kids" and editor-in-chief of the main Swedish children's magazine Kamratposten (KP), was arrested in the car park of Råsunda football stadium after attending a top flight football match.

After raising the suspicions of police officers in attendance, Lindholm submitted to a blood test which established that he had 1.9 microgrammes of bensoylecgonine per millilitre in his urine.

The presence of the substance was sufficient proof that Ola Lindholm had taken cocaine on April 10th, 2011 or a few days before.

Benzoylecgonine consists of ecgonine benzoate, and is the primary metabolite of cocaine.

After media exposure of his case, Lindholm was forced to resign his posts as editor-in-chief of KP and as presenter of "Wild Kids".

Lindholm has maintained his innocence throughout, and despite criticism of his stance, declined to explain to the court how the offending substance came to be in his blood.

On a Sveriges Television chat show last week, Lindholm explained that his decision to refuse to testify in his defence was "his right" and that it was "more important" for him to maintain his privacy than risk paying a few thousand kronor for a conviction.

In Lindholm's eyes, he had already been convicted in the eyes of the public following all the media attention surrounding the incident.

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"In all the headlines, it says 'after the drug scandal'. If you, as a media consumer, haven't been watching since the start and read every single word, then it's clear that I'm guilty in the eyes of the public," he said on SVT's Hübinette talk show.

The court wrote in its statement that it found it hard to evaluate Lindholm's claims that he did not consciously consume the drug as he was unwilling to divulge any details.

Aside from the fine, Lindholm was also ordered to pay 500 kronor to a fund for the victims of crime.

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Your comments about this article

14:20 September 12, 2011 by willowsdad
The War on Drugs just produces so many positive results...
15:37 September 12, 2011 by Svensksmith
Without a job, he will have no more money to buy cocaine. Problem solved.
16:55 September 12, 2011 by CarlBlack
@Svensksmith: Haha, definitely many drug addicts stop taking drugs just because losing their job...

I wonder: can any police officer force anyone in Sweden to undergo a bloodtest even if he was not seen committing a crime, just on some suspicion?
00:52 September 13, 2011 by hughknows
"Aside from the fine, Lindholm was also ordered to pay 500 kronor to a fund for the victims of crime."

How appropriate! He should certainly pay 'through the nose' (pardon the pun) for the collective trauma of all the suffering victims of terrible crimes such as his...

What a joke. Poor dude. Swedish civil liberties are sure selectively applied.
10:25 September 13, 2011 by Eroth
@CarlBlack, The short awnser is yes, its just for them to walk up to someone and say any of the classic lines like "you look a little nervous" or "your pupils seem big/small" and then force the person to take a drugtest, any excuse will do basically.
10:51 September 14, 2011 by Dyson
Cocaine use is rife in the entertainment industry. This article just hangs a cheap score out to dry and chalks up a score for the police. It does nothing to discourage people from taking cocaine. The message is not 'drugs are wrong'- the message is 'don't get caught or you'll lose your job. And this guy works with kids?? Well, that's where the money is I suppose...

He hasn't even had his hand foced to speak out against institutional drug use in the entertainment and media industry- so kept the media gangsters code of 'keep your mouth shut' and 'don't rat on your friends in the business.' Nice and cool- played a blinder really- I bet he already has another great job in coke fueled tv. After all, he has plenty of good 'contacts'...
16:28 September 16, 2011 by salalah
Isn't that a Coca bush? - Kids, don't try this at home - he will say in the next show...
21:23 September 19, 2011 by Scansson
Next on Miami Vice, Crockett and Tubbs fly to Sweden to bust a TV show host : )
02:09 September 23, 2011 by sjuttiosjusköterskorpåsjukhuset
Now this case REALLY shows the total HYPOCRISY of Swedes and their government. Here, just previously, this summer, an Italian father gets jailed for three days, has his family's vacation totally RUINED thanks to the Swedish "justice" system, and is fined almost $1000 in kronors for simply pulling the hair of his son. Here we have a creepy Swede who is the star of a children's adventure show, a ROLE MODEL FOR CHILDREN, caught with cocaine, and an admitted cocaine addict, who is just simply slapped on the wrist and only given a $227 (Kr 1,500) fine with no jail time. Something is wrong with this picture. Something tells me that the Italian father was jailed and given a ridiculous fine in "fair and honest," and "democratic" Sweden BECAUSE he is an Italian, and a political figure. This is WRONG Sweden.
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