The Suicide Squad's Joel Kinnaman under investigation over rape allegations

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Note: The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct allegations that some readers may find upsetting.

The Suicide Squad star Joel Kinnaman is under investigation by Swedish authorities, after an allegation of rape was made against the actor.

Kinnaman, who played Worlds of DC anti-hero Rick Flag in both David Ayer's Suicide Squad and James Gunn's reboot, made a statement ahead of news of the investigation emerging, calling the allegations "fabricated".

A spokesperson for the Swedish Prosecution Authority told E! News that a prosecutor is awaiting further information before a decision about the allegations can be made.

Photo credit: Robyn Beck - Getty Images
Photo credit: Robyn Beck - Getty Images

In light of the allegations filed by a woman, believed to be a Swedish model, a lawyer for Kinnaman suggested that the complaint was raised after the actor applied for a restraining order against her.

"Mr Kinnaman will be co-operating with police to clear his name," they added, after Kinnaman denied the allegations in a separate statement shared to Instagram.

Explaining why he had filed a restraining order against the alleged victim, the actor told fans that he and his family had experienced threats, and that he was a victim of extortion.

"Earlier this morning, I filed for a restraining order against a woman who has been threatening to physically harm me and my family and loved ones, and attempting to extort money and other things of value from me," the social media post read.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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"While it is mortifying and scary to come forward about all of this, what feels worse is enduring the escalating daily threats of physical harm to me and my loved ones and threats to go to the press with fabricated, vile rumours unless I agree to a list of demands."

According to reports, the restraining order requested by Kinnaman has been granted and will remain in place until the end of August.

If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

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