No action against Call Girl for gross defamation of character
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
18/01/2013 - The Swedish Chancellor of Justice has decided she will not instigate an investigation against Swedish director Mikael Marcimain or producer Mimmi Spång for slander or gross defamation of character because in their film Call Girl [trailer] a prime minister, who may resemble Olof Palme– who was assassinated in 1986 - buys sex from an under-age girl.
A Swedish private citizen, later Palme’s widow Lisbet Palme and family, had reported Call Girl to the chancellor, who argues that she has watched the film and considered the accusations against it. “However, the main rule in these cases is that the injured party – or his/her relatives – is in charge of taking legal action,” said CoJ Anna Skarhed to Swedish paper DN.
According to DN, the Chancellor of Justice rarely commence proceedings in such matters; the most recent example was in 2006, when the Stockholm District Court sentenced the chief editor of Expressen to pay damages to Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt after publishing a series of articles in which he was characterised as a severe alcoholic.
The Palme family has previously declared it will sue the company behind the film - “I think it is unacceptable to spread this kind of unfounded rumours, especially accusations of a serious crime – that my father was engaged in pedophilia and exploitationof a minor,” explained Palme’s son, Mårten Palme.
Inspired by the late 1970s’ Swedish brothel scandal, starring newcomer Sofia Karemyr, Pernilla August and Simon J Berger, Call Girl leads the race for the Guldbagge – Sweden’s national film prize – with 11 nominations; the winners will be announced at a January 21 gala in Stockholm’s Cirkus. Released by Nordisk Film in Sweden, it has reached around 120,000 admissions.