Bjork Elaborates on Danish Director Sex Harassment Accusation: ‘Stroked Me… Against My Wishes’

Icelandic singer-songwriter pens detailed Facebook post

In spirit of the #MeToo campaign, Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk is sharing more details of the sexual harassment she says she experienced by a Danish director, which she first wrote about in another post over the weekend.

In her new Facebook post published on Tuesday, Björk said that although it is “extremely difficult to come out with something of this nature into the public,” she wants to give more details on her experience because “it is the right time especially now when it could make a change.”

Though she leaves the director unnamed, it is believed to be Lars von Trier, who she worked with for her 2000 film “Dancing in the Dark.” Von Trier is the only Danish director she has worked with. Björk said the director ran up to her after every take and “wrapped his arms” or “stroked” her for a “long time” against her wishes. She told him the behavior needed to stop after two months of the unsolicited touching, and “he exploded and broke a chair in front of everyone on set. Like someone who has always been allowed to fondle his actresses. Then we all got sent home.”

She said that throughout filming, there was “constant awkward paralysing [sic] unwanted whispered sexual offers from him with graphic descriptions, sometimes with his wife standing next to us.”

“What finally woke me up to the severity of all this and made me stand my ground,” she said, was one night filming in Sweden when the director “threatened to climb from his room’s balcony over to mine in the middle of the night with a clear sexual intention, while his wife was in the room next door.”

She added that similar to smear campaigns stoked by Harvey Weinstein to discredit his accusers, this director did the same to her. “I have never eaten a shirt. Not sure that is even possible,” Björk said, clarifying one “fabricated” story the director allegedly told.

Her latest details come after von Trier denied her accusations through his business partner Peter Aalbaek Jensen, who spoke with the Danish newspaper Jylannds Posten. Jensen acknowledged that there was intense conflict between von Trier and Björk, so much so that their clashes over Björk’s performance and von Trier’s bleak tone became widely reported when the film won the Palme d’Or and Best Actress prizes at the Cannes Film Festival.

 “As far as I remember, we were victims,” Jensen told Jylannds Posten. “That woman was stronger than both Lars von Trier and me and our company together.”
“I didnt [sic] comply or agree on being sexually harassed. That was then portrayed as me being difficult [in the press]. If being difficult is standing up to being treated like that, I’ll own it,” the singer concluded in her Tuesday post.