The director admits sexual abuse of young boys and forgery of documents to take a Thai boy to Sweden
In a new book entitled “G as a perpetrator”, the now 75-year-old Swedish director and author Staffan Hildebrand admits that in the 70’s he raped two younger boys and forged documents to make a young Thai boy. seems older so he could come back to Sweden with him.
Staffan Hildebrand is best known for Kungen av Kungsan (1987), G (1983) and Only We Can Love Like This (1988) and according to Swedish Expressen, the new book written by Sören «Sulo» Karlsson and Deanne Rauscher, reveals Hildebrand’s darkest side.
In the book, several people tell about how the director in the 70’s handled young boys in his home, while Hildebrand herself admits to having sexually abused young boys. Hildebrand is said to have attracted the boys by promising them film roles or exciting assignments in various film projects. He also invited them to restaurants and had them party with him.
Two of the boys, who then lived with Hildebrand, say in the book that he persuaded the boys to have sex with him through persuasion or promises of a better life. At that time, the boys were 13 and 15 years old, something Hildebrand herself confirms to Expressen. The sexual abuse must have lasted for several years, until after the youngest boy turned 16 years old.
The book also reveals how Staffan Hildebrand in the 70’s made a film about a young Thai boy in Bangkok and later took the boy back to Sweden. Hildebrand is said to have told friends that he had adopted the boy, who was also allowed to start in a Swedish school, but after a few months Hildebrand took the boy back to Thailand where he left him with the boy’s mother.
The boy was around 13 or 14 years old when he came to Sweden, but according to the book, Hildebrand paid a fixer who forged documents so that the boy seemed older than he was. The forged documents must also have contained information that the boy’s father was dead, to make it easier for Hildebrand to take the boy to Sweden, even though the father was actually alive.
It was when the two authors Sulo Karlsson and Deanne Rauscher confronted Hildebrand with evidence of the forged documents that he instead admitted sexual abuse of the then 13-year-old Swedish boy.
Sulo Karlsson tells Expressen that both he and Deanne Rauscher were very surprised when Hildebrand suddenly began to admit the abuse. “He probably thought he had to admit certain things because he could not get away with it. We thought a lot about what had actually happened to this Thai boy. Then suddenly he jumped and changed the subject and said that “I can at least say that I had a relationship with …”. And he said this person’s name, says Sulo Karlsson.
In the book, Hildebrand admitted that he had a sexual relationship with one of the boys for a few years, but that he ended it when the boy said that he no longer wanted to have sex with the director. Sulo Karlsson and Deanne Rauscher continued to confront Staffan Hildebrand about the relationship with the then 15-year-old boy who is also described in the book, and finally the director also admitted that he had sexually exploited him.
In the book, Hildebrand said that at the time of the abuse he did not feel that he was doing anything wrong. “Not then, but now with that knowledge, with #Metoo and all this … Of course it’s wrong. He was not mature, so to speak, to understand his sexuality at that age. But he was very mature and developed and an interesting person “, said Hildebrand in the book.
The person Hildebrand referred to said in the book that he was only a child and that Hildebrand ruined his life.
If the abuse had taken place today, Hildenbrand could have been sentenced to prison. In the book, Hildebrand said that he hopes that the book will become a book of reconciliation. “I want to apologize and I have made a mistake and move on in life,” he said.