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Björk elaborates on sexual harassment, Lars Von Trier responds

TW: sexual assault, intimidation, misogyny …

Björk has braved criticisms and added more clarity to the sexual harassment and intimidation claims she made over the weekend in solidarity with the #metoo responses. While she has been purposefully vague on the male perpetrator in question, Danish director (and consensus perpetrator) Lars Von Trier has come forward to deny the allegations.

In a new Facebook message posted on 17th October, the Icelandic songstress offers six instances in which the director in question sexually harassed and intimated her during the filming of the feature film. The reports range from long, unwanted physical contact to “unwanted whispered sexual offers from him with graphic descriptions, sometimes with his wife standing next to us.”

Von Trier denied these allegations when speaking to Danish publication Jyllands-Posten. The director stating: “That is not the case – although we didn’t get along, that’s a fact. On the other hand, she delivered one of the greatest-ever performances in my movies."

The producer of ‘Dancer In The Dark’, Peter Aalbæk Jensen, echoes a similar stance as Von Trier: "As far as I remember, we were victims. That woman was stronger than both Lars von Trier and me and our company together.”

Fortunately, Björk was strong enough to endure the trauma and continue on with her professional music career. She is now insisting another young woman doesn’t have to withstand similar unwanted sexual advances.

Read Björk’s full statement below: