The Manhattan District Attorney’s office has dismissed sexual assault charges against Niklas Adalberth and Jens Saltin for allegedly sexually assaulting a 19-year-old girl at the W Hotel in Midtown. Both men work as executives for the Swedish startup Klarna, which has venture capital backing from powerful American investors, including Sequoia Capital, and a valuation rumored to be near $1 billion.
No official statement was released, but in Manhattan Criminal Court today, where both defendants appeared after an adjournment earlier this month, Assistant District Attorney David Smith said the following: “After conducting a thorough investigation that included but was not limited to interviewing relevant witnesses, viewing surveillance video and other hotel records and speaking extensively with the complainant we have concluded that we cannot prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.”
The New York County District Attorney’s Office just sent out an email regarding the pending case against two executives from Klarna, a Swedish e-commerce payments startup with $166 million in venture capital financing from prominent American investors. This past Saturday, Klarna cofounder and COO Niklas Adalberth and Jens Saltin, the company’s vice president of sales in the Netherlands, were arrested for allegedly molesting a 19-year-old woman from Texas at the W Hotel in Midtown.
Both men, who have taken temporarily leave at Klarna, were released on $10,000 bail. According to the DA’s report, Mr. Adalberth and Mr. Saltin were called before Judge Anthony Ferrara in Manhattan Criminal Court today and appeared with their attorneys:
Early this morning, the New York Post reported that two “Swedish tourists” were arrested for allegedly molesting a 19-year-old Texas woman at the W Hotel on Lexington Avenue and East 50th Street. The alleged attack occurred at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Case details on the New York State Court site confirm that Niklas Adalberth, 30, was one of the men arrested. The Post reports that Jens Saltin, 31, was also arrested. “Adalberth allegedly straddled her body while he and Saltin ripped off her clothes and fondled her,” the paper said. According to the document, the arrests occurred Saturday night around 10.30 p.m.
Both Mr. Adalberth, a former economics student, and Mr. Saltin are executives at the Swedish startup Klarna, which, based on this news, was trending just under Pinterest on Crunchbase earlier this afternoon.