His appearance last week had made international headlines. After all, Gordon Sondland made relatively bluntly clear to the US Congress, the extent to which the Ukrainian economy had accepted after his observations and with his participation. Now the key witness against US President Donald Trump is back in focus – but for another reason: He is being accused by three women of sexual misconduct.
The women filed on Wednesday corresponding allegations against the US top diplomats. Thus, the former hotel magnate reacted with professional reprisals because the women rejected him. Sondland itself rejected the allegations as "politically motivated".
He is a US ambassador to the European Union and had been promoted to this post by Trump. The wealthy hotelier received the ambassador's job in Brussels after a million-dollar donation for the inauguration ceremony of the president. The charges now raised relate to the time before, that is, at the time of Sondland as a rich hotel entrepreneur.
The women said in an article published Wednesday by Propublica and Portland Monthly magazine that Sondland had violently tried to hug and kiss her. Besides, he had touched her immoral. All three women were in professional contact with Sondland, the allegations date from 2003 to 2008.
The diplomat speaks of targeted action "political motives"
Sondland rejected the allegations in the article as politically motivated. "These false accusations of forced touches and kisses are invented," he explained. He believed that it was "a coordinated action for political reasons," he told the two media.
Sondland testified a week ago in the Ukraine affair of running cameras in the US Congress. He confirmed that Trump had put massive pressure on Ukraine to investigate ex-vice-president Joe Biden, his potential challenger in the 2020 election. Sondland's statements pierced the president's line of defense that no leverage had been used against Kiev to obtain the desired investigation.