Odd Roger Enoksen
| Odd Roger Enoksen |
|Born||25 September 1954|
|Party||Centre Party (Norway)|
Norwegian Minister of Defence who was forced to resign after sexual harassment accusations - coinciding with Norwegian participation in Nordstream sabotage.
According to Seymour Hersh, sometime in March 2022, US operatives flew to Norway to meet with the Norwegian Secret Service and Navy to discuss the practicalities of sabotaging the Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline. This coincides remarkably with the several decades old MeToo accusations against Enoksen that forced him to resign in April. The convenient timing of the allegations might have been a way of getting rid of a possible reluctant minister who failed to support what would be a large escalation in the undeclared war on Russia.
He was also leader of the Centre Party from 1999 to 2003. Further, he was minister of local government and deputy to the prime minister from 1999 to 2000, and minister of petroleum and energy from 2005 to 2007. He was minister of defence from 2021 to 2022.
In early April 2021, Hilde Lengali, a former deputy leader of the Nordland Centre Party, delivered a formal complaint against Enoksen, alleging that he had inappropriately touched her and commented on her look about 20 years prior. Enoksen responded saying that he had no recollections of said events with the exception of the mentioned comment. He did however apologise for what happened.
Despite his apology to Lengali, another woman, who remained anonymous, came forward with a similar story about a relationship with Enoksen when he was petroleum and energy minister. In the early hours of 9 April, Enoksen announced that he had asked to resign as defence minister. Later the same day, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre announced that he had accepted Enoksen's resignation. He left his position on 12 April, and was succeeded by Bjørn Arild Gram.