Adriaan Van den Hoof resumes theater tour after accusations of inappropriate behavior: “It’s not always easy, especially not now”

Adriaan Van den Hoof resumes theater tour after accusations of inappropriate behavior: “It’s not always easy, especially not now”
Adriaan Van den Hoof resumes theater tour after accusations of inappropriate behavior: “It’s not always easy, especially not now”

At 8 pm a visibly nervous Adriaan Van den Hoof came on stage. For the first time since May, when he canceled his theater tour because there was “too much commotion for the shows to go on in a serene atmosphere.” The commotion came after several allegations of inappropriate behavior and aggression were leaked.

In Herent, the presenter-cum-actor did not elaborate on it, or at least not in detail. But during a skit about the Pakistani owner of his regular newsagent – which had only recently been added, he said – something shone through. “Adriaan, you’re on the cover of all the magazines”, he had said. “Yes, but that’s not good”, was the answer. “That’s because people say things.” Things that aren’t right, he would add later. “Tomorrow they will ‘peel their chips’ on it”, was the advice of the store manager. There was a round of applause in the room here and there.

harassment

The commotion around Van den Hoof started when he took his place as presenter of the One quiz Switch had to give up to Fien Germijns. It turned out afterwards that the prevention service of VRT had received several reports about inappropriate behavior by Van den Hoof, which would include physical aggression. The police also received four complaints against the presenter in the past, although those investigations are no longer ongoing.

According to both the VRT and Van den Hoof, the switch had Switch nothing to do with that, it was just about rejuvenation. Yet not long after, two anonymous testimonials from ex-girlfriends appeared in Hey everyonewho claimed the presenter had emotionally and physically abused them while they were together.

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In a written response, Van den Hoof counteracted. “The allegations of physical violence against women are false.” He therefore threatened legal action against one of the women who testified anonymously, who allegedly assaulted him. “In 2020, there was a woman who called me up to 300 times a day and kept sending hundreds of texts. I recognize her style in the statements now quoted as one of the anonymous sources. She has started again.”

To persevere

In the same statement, he also said that he had “had several relationships, and had sometimes been unfaithful. I realize that this is not okay, even if it is completely private. I am aware of my flaws as a human being and do my best to work on them.”

Later in the performance he admitted with a green smile that he ‘clearly doesn’t have his life in order’, and that he looks with some jealousy at people who do. He concluded with a letter to the public. Visibly emotional, he said that “it’s not always easy. Certainly not now. But just then you have to persevere.’ The spectators in the hall received those words with applause. The fans do not write Van den Hoof off. “Thank you for coming, really do,” it sounded on stage.

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