His appearance last week had made headlines internationally. After all, Gordon Sondland made relatively straightforward remarks to the US Congress, to what extent the Ukrainian economy had accepted after his comments and his participation. Now the key witness against US president Donald Trump has returned to fire, but for another reason: he has been accused by three women of sexual misconduct.
Women presented corresponding charges against top US diplomats on Wednesday. Therefore, the former hotel magnate reacted with professional reprisals because the women rejected it. Sondland himself rejected the accusations as "politically motivated".
He is a US ambassador to the European Union and was promoted to this place by Trump. The wealthy hotelier received the ambassador's work in Brussels after a million-dollar donation for the president's inauguration ceremony. The accusations now raised refer to the previous time, that is to the times of Sondland as a rich hotel entrepreneur.
The women stated in an article published Wednesday by Propublica and the Portland Monthly magazine that Sondland had violently tried to hug her and kiss her. Furthermore, it had touched immoral. All three women were in professional contact with Sondland, the accusations date back to 2003-2008.
The diplomat speaks of "political objectives" aimed at action
Sondland rejected the accusations in the article as politically motivated. "These false accusations of touches and forced kisses are invented," he explained. He believed it was "a coordinated action for political reasons," he told the two media.
Sondland testified a week ago in the case of the Ukraine to operate cameras at the United States Congress. He confirmed that Trump exerted strong pressure on the Ukraine to investigate the former vice president Joe Biden, his potential challenger in the 2020 elections. Sondland's statements have pierced the president's line of defense that no leverage had been used against Kiev to obtain the desired survey.