Nobel prize in literature 2018 cancelled after sexual assault scandal

Nobel Prize in literature will not be awarded in 2018: Swedish Academy

Nobel Prize in literature will not be awarded in 2018: Swedish Academy

The Swedish Academy made a decision to award the Nobel prize for literature in 2018.

It will be the first time since World War II that the prestigious award is not handed out.

The Swedish Academy, the body which chooses the victor, said that it would "roll over" this year's prize to 2019, when two laureates will be named.

"We also assume that all members of the Academy realise that both its extensive reform efforts and its future organizational structure must be characterized by greater openness toward the outside world", Carl-Henrik Heldin, the chairman of the Nobel Foundation Board said in a separate statement.

An earlier statement from the academy said the Nobel Prize for Literature's reputation had suffered "greatly", promising a plan to restore public confidence in the organisation.

Other Swedish institutions award the Nobel prizes for science. The probe also claimed he had leaked the names of Nobel literature laureates on multiple occasions.

The revelations have sowed discord among the Academy's 18 members about how to move forward, and in recent weeks, 6 of them have chosen to resign, including permanent secretary Sara Danius. Seven members quit or distanced themselves from the panel.

The Academy has been decimated in the past month, as six of its members have resigned due to internal conflicts. He was also accused of groping Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria at an academy event in 2006.

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In response to the revelations, the Swedish royal family expressed its support of the #MeToo movement but did not comment on the specific 2006 incident.

The secretive Swedish Academy never reveals nominees' names, and there is intense speculation about the likely victor each year.

Arnault, who is married to Academy member and author Katarina Frostenson, denies all allegations.

Committee members are part of the 18-person body for life, which is why their de-facto resignations have thrown the academy into deep trouble.

Only 11 members are now in place.

The Swedish Academy, a council of authors and linguists tasked with furthering the Swedish language, is responsible for awarding the Nobel Prize for literature.

The former Secretary of the Academy, Horace Engdahl, wanted the Academy to deal with the issue more discreetly.

With stories of sexual misconduct arising, a 1996 dated letter also shows Arnault's indictment which the organisation said it "deeply regrets that the letter was shelved and no measures taken to investigate the charges".

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