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Ex Rightist politician acknowledges homosexuality. Trond Birkedal, the former Progress Party (FrP) politician accused of secretly filming young boys in his shower, has apologised and told Plot magazine about his sexual preference. The 31-year-old has been indicted for having sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy, an accusation for which charges have not yet been raised and that he denies, as well as secretly filming young men in the shower. Birkedal’s declaration comes almost seven months after his arrest in March. He says he knew about his preference as a 12 to 13-year-old, but deliberately denied and repressed it.

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Ex Rightist politician acknowledges homosexuality

Published on Thursday, 6th October, 2011 at 02:03 under the news category, by John Price   .
Last Updated on 8th February 2012 at 15:36.

Trond Birkedal, the former Progress Party (FrP) politician accused of secretly filming young boys in his shower, has apologised and told Plot magazine about his sexual preference.

Trond Birkedal (illustration photo)
Trond Birkedal (illustration photo)
Photo: CC-BY-SA 3.0, Lars Åge Kamfjord


The 31-year-old has been indicted for having sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy, an accusation for which charges have not yet been raised and that he denies, as well as secretly filming young men in the shower.

Birkedal’s declaration comes almost seven months after his arrest in March. He says he knew about his preference as a 12 to 13-year-old, but deliberately denied and repressed it.

“I have prejudices. A friend of mine is homosexual, but I am uncomfortable talking to him about it. It’s strange,” he states in the interview published today.

Saying he deliberately hid his sexuality for political reasons, Birkedal recounts he became a fan of Viking Football Club and never publically announced his love for classical music until now.

“I'm not feminine. I don’t walk around with a bent wrist. I wince about the Gay Parade. Homosexuality has not defined me as a person. If I had told people that I was gay, I would have been rubbished. I hear what people say about gays when they are not there. You do not want people talking like that about you. So I put it on the shelf and thought I could come back to it another time,” he adds.

Birkedal has since sent emails to everyone who was recorded apologising for what he did, and expressing regret.

One of the victims, Martin Bratland Andersen, reported Birkedal to police, which started the case off. He says he appreciates the former politician’s gesture.

“He [Birkedal] shows great remorse and has apologised.  I think he should be given the punishment the legal system thinks is correct, even if I forgive him for his own part,” Mr Bratland Andersen tells Plot.

Telling NRK that, “Breaking the law is never acceptable”, he adds, “in my opinion, his actions are quite serious. I forgive him on condition that he takes his punishment, is honest about what he’s done, and that he changes as a human being.”

“I would never have done what I did if I’d been open about my sexual leaning a long time ago,” Birkedal says to Plot.

A trial date has not yet been announced.




Published on Thursday, 6th October, 2011 at 02:03 under the news category, by John Price   .
Last updated on 8th February 2012 at 15:36.

This post has the following tags: trondbirkedalcase, norwegianprogressparty.





  
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