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Accused singer wants to beef up legal representation

30.07.2021 - 14:06
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 Mynd: Ólöf Erla Einarsdóttir - RÚV
Ingólfur Þórarinsson, a musician battling sexual abuse allegations, says he is in talks with three law firms about cases he is preparing. His previous lawyer, Vilhjálmur H. Vilhjálmsson, has stepped down and Ingólfur says he is looking for lawyers who can give his cases their full attention, as it was becoming too much for one man to look after them, alongside other clients’ cases.

Ingólfur told RÚV today that he needs more lawyers to work on his cases and that he is talking with three law firms.

“It has become a bit more intensive than we thought to start with,” Ingólfur explains. “Vilhjálmur is in other projects, including overseas, and it was just getting to be too much work.” 

He says much of what has been said about him is totally false: “There is a lot that has got out of hand and a lot of lies have been told about me, pure and simple,” Ingólfur says. “We [Vilhjálmur] have been talking since this started and in the end, we decided it was too much, considering the projects he is working on. I just want there to be someone who can work on this full-time.” 

He says there is no timetable in place yet: “When things move in this direction, it takes a long time to work on them.” 

Vilhjálmur was not available for comment this morning. Fréttablaðið reported today that he has stepped down as Ingólfur’s lawyer. Vilhjálmur has previously filed charges and letters of objection over ten social media posts concerning alleged sexual abuse by Ingólfur. 

The case hit the headlines several weeks ago, when 130 women called on organisers of the famous Þjóðhátíð festival on Vestmannaeyjar to cancel Ingólfur as the leader of the Brekkusöngur singalong—the highlight of the festival. The Öfgar activism group then released anonymous testimony from over 20 women saying they had been victims of sexual abuse or harassment at the hands of the famous musician. 

After a few days of silence, Þjóðhátíð organisers released a statement saying the Ingólfur would not lead the Brekkusöngur, as he has done at the festival every year since 2013 (though it was cancelled last year). Another musician would take the slot instead, the statement said. 

Ingólfur responded by demanding a million krónur in compensation and formal apologies, but none of the people who received the letters of objection decided to pay up or apologise. The entrepreneur Haraldur Þorleifsson then stepped forward, offering to pay both the legal costs and compensation bills of anybody who asks for his help in connection to the case, and who may be charged and/or sentenced over it. 

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