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"The Mountain" denies all accusations: Stories of domestic violence lies, fueled by personal hatred

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  • Hafþór Júlíus Icelandic strongman, best known for his role as "The Mountain" on the TV series Game of Thrones, is facing serious charges and accusations of physical, emotional abuse. Photo/Hafþór Júlíus, Instagram

The Icelandic strongman Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, better known as "The Mountain", denies all charges and accusations of domestic violence. 

Read more: Strongman "The Mountain" facing new serious accusations of domestic violence

The local newspaper Fréttablaðið published a front page interview with Hafþór's former Fiancé, Thelma Björk Steimann, on Saturday, where she accused him of having subjected her to physical and emotional abuse during their 2 year relationship 8-10 years ago. The couple has a daughter together. Thelma and her daughter currently live in Copenhagen in Denmark.

Accusations fueled by personal hatred, greed 

Thelma Björk Steinmann

Thelma Björk Steinmann Hafþór and Thelma began their relationship when she was 17 years old. The relationship lasted 2 years. The couple has a daughter together. Photo/Helgi Ómars

Shortly after Fréttablaðið published its interview with Thelma Hafþór wrote a statement on Facebook where he rejects all the accusations made by Thelma. He says the accusations are "first and foremost colored by personal hatred" of him. He also claims that Thelma was very "emotionally unstable" during the time the couple was together. Hafþór claims that it was he, not Thelma, who was the victim of emotional and physical abuse in their relationship:

"I never subjected Thelma to any kind of violence. However, our friends and family talked about Thelma having been both physically and emotionally violent towards me. I'm certain that many others, including some of Thelma's closest relatives, have a similar experience with Thelma."

Hafþór also rejects the statements by a second woman whom he had a relationship with until last year, that he had attacked her. The Metropolitan Police responded to several domestic disturbance calls involving arguments between the two at the home of Hafþór.

Read more: Breaking: Charges filed against strongman "The Mountain" for domestic violence

On June 15 this woman filed charges with the police against Hafþór for domestic violence. Hafþór rejects these charges, stating that there is no evidence he ever attacked the woman. I his Facebook post he also alleges the charges are part of a ploy to blackmail him into a financial settlement with the woman, arguing she and her lawyer have made exorbitant financial claims in relation to their break-up.

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