It is definitely the year of the woman and with the ongoing #MeToo movement in Hollywood, it seems no major organization wants to be found on the wrong side of the fence. Unfortunately in 2018 no one will scoop the Nobel Prize in Literature. For the first time since 1949, the Swedish Academy has made a decision to put the award on hold amidst the recent sexual assault scandal
In November 2017, Jean-Claude Arnault, a French-Swedish photographer and the husband of academy member and poet Katarina Frostenson, was accused of sexual assault. Following the accusation, 3 members of the 18-person jury turned in their resignation after protesting the decision not to expel Frostenson from the jury.
Arnault has been accused by at least 18 women of sexual assault and harassment. He denies all accusations.
Apparently the Swedish Academy feels their image has been tarnished and needs time to restore. According to Anders Olsson (interim permanent secretary),
“We find it necessary to commit time to recovering public confidence … before the next laureate can be announced….This is out of respect for previous and future literature laureates, the Nobel Foundation and the general public.”
Two prizes will be awarded in 2019