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'We live in a dangerous time,' says Swedish Academy member of #MeToo

Horace Engdahl, left. Photo: Fredrik Persson/TT

Published: 19.Oct.2018 12:19 hrs

A former head of the scandal-ridden Swedish Academy has likened the #MeToo movement to France's 18th century 'Reign of Terror' which saw the execution of thousands.

Horace Engdahl, a member and former permanent secretary of what used to be known as Sweden's most prestigious cultural institution, made the comments in an interview with the Times Literary Supplement (TLS).

Engdahl was one of the few members left standing when the Academy was rocked by mass resignations after 18 women last year accused Jean-Claude Arnault, a 72-year-old Frenchman who was an influential figure on Stockholm's cultural scene and had close ties to the Academy, of sexual harassment, violence and rape.

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