A 37-year-old man who made his living as a stripper, model and dancer has flatly denied charges in an Oslo court that he raped nine women over a period from 2002 to 2013. He currently is serving a prison term for two other rapes, but claims he’s an innocent victim of injustice.
The man, who in accordance with press standards in Norway isn’t being identified in Norwegian media, is accused of doping many of the women who have filed charges against him. They thus were allegedly rendered helpless and unable to fend him off.
In one case, his victim was a British woman with two young daughters who had come in contact with him via a “sofa-surfing” website that arranges accommodation without charge. Instead she claims he drugged her drink and then raped her, while her daughters were left crying in another room.
The man’s defense attorney has said that his client’s version of reality is far different that that of the women, who are represented by various attorneys. In addition to the rape charges, the defendant is charged with domestic violence against a young woman whom he lived with for a short period.
Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 15 years forvaring, a special form of protective custody in Norway that can be extended indefinitely if the court believes the convict still poses a danger to society. His trial is expected to last for another three weeks.