Ari Behn, the former son-in-law of Norway’s king, has died aged 47, his spokesman has said.
Behn, the author of several novels and plays, married Princess Martha Louise in 2002 but the couple divorced two years ago.
His spokesman told Norway’s NTB agency that Behn had taken his own life.
In a statement, Norway’s king and queen said he had been “an important part of our family for many years and we carry warm and good memories of him with us”.
At the time of their wedding, Denmark-born Behn was seen as a controversial partner for Princess Martha Louise, the only daughter and eldest child of King Harald and Queen Sonja.
Behn met his future wife through his mother, who was the princess’s physiotherapy tutor. He was best known then as the author of a short book, Sad as Hell, but attracted controversy and was filmed partying with prostitutes who were taking drugs in Las Vegas.
The couple had three daughters – Maud, Leah and Emma – but separated in 2016 before divorcing a year later. At the time, the princess said in a statement: “We feel guilty because we are no longer able to create the safe harbour that our children deserve.”
In December 2017, Behn accused the disgraced Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey of groping him after a Nobel Peace Prize concert. He said the actor had reached under a table and inappropriately touched him. Spacey did not respond to the allegation, one of many made at the same time.
“We are grateful that we got to know him,” King Harald and Queen Sonja said of Behn in their statement. “We grieve that our grandchildren have now lost their beloved father.”
Ari Behn, who accused Kevin Spacey of groping him, commits suicide
“It is with great sadness in our hearts that we, the closest relatives of Ari Behn, must announce that he took his own life,” said Behn’s rep.
The manner of suicide was not revealed.
Behn, who was married to Princess Martha Louise of Norway for 15 years, claimed Spacey groped him in 2007.
In 2017, Ari accused disgraced actor Kevin Spacey of allegedly groping him under the table at a Nobel Peace Prize concert.
Recalling the alleged 2007 incident, Ari said: “We had a great talk, he sat right beside me.
“After five minutes he said, ‘hey, let’s go out and have a cigarette’. Then he puts his hand under the table and grabs me by the balls.”
Ari said he put Spacey off by telling him: “Er, maybe later.”
Spacey has been accused of sexual assault by more than a dozen men and has since been dropped from the Netflix drama House of Cards.
Ari added: “My hair was dark at the time, I was 10 years younger and right up his alley.”
Meanwhile, Ari’s Instagram is being flooded by fans leaving heart emojis on his last picture, which was posted 17 weeks ago.
A massage therapist who filed claims against Kevin Spacey in September 2018 has died, per a notice filed in court by the actor’s lawyers. The suit alleged that Spacey had sexually assaulted the plaintiff, who remained anonymous, by forcing him to grab Spacey’s genitals twice during a private massage at the actor’s Malibu home.
Spacey had requested the case be dismissed due to the victim’s shielded identity, but a federal judged moved it forward in May. In August, the parties agreed the case would move to trial, but the plaintiff’s attorney announced that the client had “recently passed.” No details about the plaintiff’s death have been revealed. The lawsuit could be continued by the the plaintiff’s heirs, but loss of the key witness would make the charges difficult to litigate. The victim’s wish for anonymity — a common request out of a concern for safety and privacy — would likely be compromised, too.
Allegations against Spacey first surfaced in October 2017, at the outset of the #MeToo movement. Actor Anthony Rapp claimed that Spacey had made advances on him when he was 14. Spacey denied allegations on Twitter, apologized to Rapp, and came out as gay.
Over the next few years, dozens more allegations surfaced, ranging from forceful groping to indecent exposure to sexual assault, oftentimes from men who were very young or minors at the time of the incidents. During the fallout, Spacey was removed from his lead role in Netflix’s House of Cards, and was replaced by Christopher Plummer in the film All the Money in the World. Spacey has denied any wrongdoing, most notably in a bizarre video in which he plays his House of Cards character, Frank Underwood.