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Ex-film Company Boss to Resume Work after Harassment Claims

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 06:38 AM

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A former Danish film executive who co-founded a company with director Lars von Trier has cleared to return to work following an investigation into claims of sexual harassment, his company said Tuesday.

Peter Aalbaek Jensen, who stepped down as Zentropa's CEO in 2016 but has remained an employee, was accused in November by nine female former Zentropa employees of behavior including groping and slapping their behinds.

Denmark's Working Environment Authority conducted an assessment of the workplace on Dec. 14 and "found no workplace problems at the time of the probe," current CEO Anders Kjaerhauge said.

"Although it was an assessment of the situation (at Zentropa) here and now, they had the old accusations in the back of their heads," Kjaerhauge told The Associated Press. "The bottom line is what was tolerable five years ago, is not OK nowadays."

"I am looking forward having Peter back, and he will continue as a producer and finding new talents," he said, adding "like everyone at Zentropa, he needs to stick to our guidelines" outlined after an internal probe and the working environment authority's assessment.

No exact date for the return of Aalbaek Jensen, who was informed Tuesday, has been set, Kjaerhauge said.

Aalbaek Jensen — an outspoken provocateur known for stunts including posing naked before photographers at the Cannes Film Festival — "is in no way going to be part of the management," Kjaerhauge said.

The 61-year-old co-founded Zentropa with von Trier, who has not been directly accused, in 1992.

Aalbaek Jensen and von Trier, Danish film's enfant terrible, have produced films including "Dogville," ''Dancer in the Dark" and "Antichrist."

Zentropa also briefly produced pornographic films, primarily for a female audience, but the films did not make money and that production was shut down in 2001.

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