Local Elections – Opposition Mayoral Candidate Accused of Sexual Assault
Péter Cseresnyés 2019.10.02.
Imre László, MP of leftist liberal DK and joint opposition mayoral candidate in Újbuda (Budapest, district 11), sexually assaulted one of his female subordinate doctors around 2012, according to pro-Fidesz channel Tv2 and news site Origo.
At that time, the politician worked as a medical director at a private clinic called Swiss Medical Services Kft. According to the woman-whose face and voice were disguised- one time in his office, László pulled down his fly, took out his penis and asked her to stroke it. Another time the politician tried to sexually assault her, she says.
She reported the incident to the company’s executive director but did not file charges. The reason why she stepped forward with her story now is when she saw Imre László’s face on the campaign posters, she wanted to tell what had happened to her.
The politician later responded to the charges on Facebook.
“I want to tell Tamás Hoffmann [incumbent district mayor, Fidesz] and Fidesz, that if it’s a fight you want, then a fight you’ll get. But while they want to fight me with lies and humiliation, I will defeat them on October 13th with integrity” He also announced that a demonstration will be held in front of Tv2 on Wednesday at 6 pm.
Later, Gergely Karácsony held a press conference on the topic. According to the joint opposition candidate for Budapest mayor, pro-Fidesz Tv2 and Origo have violated the ethics of journalism as they stepped forward with serious accusations without any evidence and they didn’t even give László the chance to react to the allegations.
According to Karácsony, Tv2 has gone too far as they are spreading lies nobody believes.
Imre László also spoke at the press conference. He called the allegations a fabrication and said he was deeply disappointed in his Fidesz opponent Tamás Hoffmann.
“I find it shocking and sad that Fidesz uses such base actions,” he said. He also announced that he would file charges.
Such accusations are becoming more common in Hungary. A few months ago, Tv2 also reported that pastor and former socialist MP László Donáth, the father of Momentum MEP Anna Donáth, was accused of sexual harassment. Later pro-Fidesz tabloid, Ripost reported that a young girl accused Anna Donáth of sexual harassment.
And only a few days ago, a sex tape of Budaörs (opposition) Mayor Tamás Wittinghoff started circulating on the internet, though in that case, nobody accused him of sexual assault.