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New abuse, sexual assault suspicions swirl around alleged theatre predator

The internationally renowned cultural figure has denied all of the allegations against him.

Veijo Baltzar
Veijo Baltzar. Image: Kimmo Mäntylä / Lehtikuva

New allegations relating to abuse and sexual assault have emerged in the case of theatre luminary Veijo Baltzar, who is already suspected of aggravated human trafficking.

Police said on Thursday that investigations have progressed but that several individuals were still to be interviewed. In addition they said that many leads still needed to be followed up.

"It is still early in the preliminary investigation so unfortunately I still cannot say more about the matter without preventing issues from being investigated. We will provide more information as soon as possible," Helsinki detective inspector Saara Asmundela said in a statement.

The alleged human trafficking is believed to have taken place between January 2016 and autumn of this year in Tammisaari and Helsinki.

At the end of November, the Helsinki district court remanded Baltzar into custody on suspicion of having committed aggravated human trafficking. The court also remanded a 36-year-old woman on suspicion of committing the same offence.

The thespian has also been accused of manipulating and preying on young women involved in his theatre company.

Baltzar has denied all of the allegations against him. The 77-year-old is a well-known writer and patron of the theatre in Finland, through his cultural association Drom. His body of work includes several novels, plays, poetry and art.

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