Gallerist Johann König denies sexual misconduct claims [updated]

Ten women have accused the gallerist of sexually inappropriate behaviour in a Die Zeit report

König Galerie, Berlin. Photo: Astrid Westvang; Flickr Creative Commons CC BY 2.0

Gallerist Johann König is the subject of a Die Zeit report in which ten women have made allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour. The claims against König – who heads up outposts in Berlin, Vienna and Seoul – include being forcibly kissed, comments of a sexual nature and inappropriate touching. 

The allegations date back several years but were not made public before because the women feared retaliation, the paper says (a criminal complaint was made against König but the investigation was later dropped because the accuser had done so anonymously) – the report can be read here.

‘These allegations are baseless and untrue. I am already being represented by a lawyer in this matter and all legal steps are being examined to prevent the dissemination of these false facts,’ König said in a statement emailed to ArtReview.

The son of celebrated curator Kasper König, Johann König opened his eponymous Berlin gallery back in 2002.

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