“Luckily there was concrete evidence in the form of surveillance cameras, witnesses, and pass cards to the hotel that proved the whole story was a complete fabrication,” one of the formally accused men, Niklas Adalberth, 30, told Swedish business magazine Veckans Affärer on Thursday.
Adalberth and Jens Saltin, 31, were charged with the of molesting a 19-year-old woman in a luxury hotel in New York in early February.
They were accused of straddling the victim, tearing off her clothes, and fondling her breasts, however the charges were cleared in late February.
Referred to in the Swedish media as an “IT-millionaire”, the co-founder the e-payments company Klarna verified that the whole story was false, and that there was no basis to the accusations.
“Jens Saltin and I had been in San Francisco and met up with some friends in New York. The next day we were falsely accused for something we hadn’t done, something that was completely foreign to everything we stand for,” he said.
Adalberth described the ordeal as a “Kafka-esque nightmare”, yet was happy with the way the incident was handled and put to rest.
“Klarna handled this very professionally. The staff was informed immediately and all the big customers were contacted,” he said.
Based in Sweden, Klarna AB employs more than 600 people and has operations in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, Germany and Israel.