Frans van Dremelen runs through the dust over the affair, gets out of the D66 and is assigned to work | Policy

Frans van Drimmelen, the discredited D66 prominent, announced in a statement to this site that he is leaving his consulting firm Dröge en Van Drimmelen after twenty years. He apologizes to everyone who hurt him, the woman he so persistently approached first. But he distances himself from accusations of abuse of power and sexual intimidation.

I was in love, startled and angry at the situation, says Van Dremelen. In 2015, he had an extramarital affair with the woman, who was the director of the party’s national office at D66. I broke it after a year and a half. Then Van Dremelen did, as he himself says, “several stupid things.”

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In retrospect, one of those things was the fact that he entered into an extramarital affair in the first place, Van Dremelen’s analysis shows. “I wanted to know why the relationship broke up. We also met regularly in the context of the D66 and I wanted to make agreements about that. Then I tried to start a conversation by sending messages through different channels.”

Van Dremelin states in his statement that he had “tried for a long time, very persistently and sometimes not very pleasantly, to arrange such a conversation.” Sometimes I said things that I knew might be threatening. This is while pointing out that women do not want any contact at all. I’ve maintained this behavior for a long time.”

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Van Dremelen passes through the dust in his statement and laments. “I can well imagine that such messages on my part made the woman feel insecure. I am deeply sorry. I did not adequately take into account the feelings of the woman concerned and in no way intended to make her feel insecure. I offer my sincerest apologies to anyone I offended to him, especially the concerned woman.”

Membership Canceled

Van Dremelen will cease his public affairs office and resign all of his social functions. “Because of the smear campaign that has appeared in the media, I am having to withdraw from my consulting firm and from all social functions. I cannot work at it with what is now resting on my shoulder. I have also rescinded my D66 membership.”

revealed last Saturday de Volkskrant Contents of the classified appendix accompanying Bing’s sexual harassment investigation report at D66. A few weeks before the House elections, Sigrid Kaag said in a statement that there was “no structurally unsafe environment” on the D66. But on election night, the various parties received a secret attachment in which it appeared that Van Dremelen had sent “disguised, intimidating, and blackmailing letters” to the party official.

Kaag now faces a political problem: about seven hundred members of the D66 are demanding an explanation in a statement about the actions of the party head. There will be clarity from the board on Friday. “The National Assembly urged Frans van Dremelen to rescind his membership. He did so,” said D66 chairman Victor Everhard, an hour after Van Dremelen said: “He can no longer become a D66 member in the future. He was also informed that he no longer attended party meetings. desirable.

Frans van Dremelen’s full statement:


Last Saturday afternoon, de Volkskrant An article with serious accusations against me.

I’m bound to say that I admit I’ve done stupid things in the past. The first stupid thing is that I was in an extramarital affair. That relationship lasted for a year and a half and broke up in the summer of 2015. Then I tried to start a conversation by sending messages through different channels. I wanted to know why the relationship broke up. We were also meeting regularly in the course of the D66 and I wanted to make agreements about that.

The second stupid thing is that I have tried for a long time, very persistently and sometimes not very pleasantly, to have such a conversation together. Sometimes I say things that I realized were threatening.

This is while pointing out that women do not want any contact at all. I have maintained this behavior for a long time. I was in love, stunned, angry and very unhappy with the situation.

I can well imagine that such messages on my part made a woman feel insecure. I’m so sorry. I did not take into account the feelings of the woman in question and had no intention of making her feel insecure. I offer my sincere apologies to anyone I offended, especially the woman involved.

After that, a lot of lies were written and told about me in the media. Anyone who does this is personally liable for it, but I would like to make it categorically clear here that I have never done any abuse of power or sexual harassment.

Because of the smear campaign that has surfaced in the media, I find myself compelled to withdraw from my consulting firm and from all of my social work.

I can’t work at it with what’s now resting on my shoulder. I also canceled my D66 membership. I am completely withdrawing from public life and will work on a new future later.”

D66 voter support for Sigrid Kaag as party leader is waning now that the party has become embroiled in the MeToo affair. It’s not the accident itself, but, according to voters, an approach that has been underestimated thus far is primarily to blame, according to research by EenVandaag-Opiniepanel.

The party will make another statement on Friday. But the damage has already been done to many voters, according to research conducted among thousands of D66 voters. 78 percent of them think the party has handled the issue poorly so far.

And in that poor approach, Sigrid Kaj is leading the way, according to D66 voters. At the end of March, a large majority of his supporters (71 percent) were still in favor of the party leader. Now there is a minority (45 percent) left. Compared to about a year ago, when 91 percent still thought it was okay with her, that’s about half.

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