“swear by my children”
Linda de Mol claims to have known nothing
21-09-2022 12:54 pm
Presenter Linda de Mol has been in a relationship with musician Jeroen Rietbergen for 14 years. In addition, the 51-year-old allegedly molested women as part of his work for the TV show “The Voice of Holland”. De Mol, however, does not want to have noticed.
TV presenter Linda de Mol has responded extensively to the abuse scandal involving her ex-partner Jeroen Rietbergen in the Netherlands. The 58-year-old split from her longtime boyfriend earlier this year. It had previously become known that Rietbergen had abused his power as a bandleader and sexually harassed candidates while working for the TV program “The Voice of Holland”.
In her magazine “Linda”, de Mol now describes the evening of January 12, 2022, when she would have heard of the accusations for the first time. She was just preparing a risotto when an email suddenly changed her life. “I fell into a big, deep, black hole,” writes de Mol.
“That someone you love so much has behaved badly towards young women – that caused me sadness and anger,” the presenter continues. In the days that followed, she felt “numb” and unable to leave her own home.
It will be further investigated
There is controversy in the Netherlands as to whether de Mol was already aware of the allegations in 2020. Two women would have approached her at the time. However, De Mol states in her current statement: “I knew, and I swear to my two children, about nothing on ‘The Voice’.”
After a hiatus, de Mol returned to television only earlier this month. She hosted a new edition of the game show “Miljoenenjacht” (“Million Hunt”). Meanwhile, the prosecutor’s office is continuing the investigation into her 51-year-old ex-partner. It is currently uncertain whether a report will be filed.
“The Voice of Holland” is the Dutch counterpart of the talent show “The Voice of Germany”, which was successful in this country. It went on air in 2010, a year earlier than the German version. Rietbergen has been working for the formula since 2013.
Linda de Mol is a popular presenter in the Netherlands. But she also made a name for herself in Germany, especially as a presenter of the RTL program “Traumhochzeit” in the 1990s.