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Strongman "The Mountain" denies accusations of domestic violence, threatens suing for libel

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  • Hafþór and his former fiancé Thelma Björk accused Hafþór of having subjected her to physical, emotional and sexual violence during their 2 year relationship. The couple has a child together. Photo/Vísir.

Icelandic strongman Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, best known for his role as "The Mountain" in the TV series The Game of Thrones rejects all accusations that he has subjected former fiancés to emotional or physical violence. His lawyer has announced that Hafþór will respond to the accusations by filing libel charges.

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Not clear who Hafþór intends to sue
Hafþór has not clarified whom he will sue for libel. At least two of Hafþór's former fiancés have made serious accusations of physical and emotional violence at the hands of Hafþór.

One of the women, Andrea Sif Jónsdóttir, whom Hafþór broke up with in 2016, has filed charges of domestic violence with the Metropolitan Police. The other, Thelma Björk Steimann, a woman Hafþór had a 2 year relationship which began when the woman was 17 and Hafþór 18 years old, made explosive allegations in a front-page interview with the local newspaper Fréttablaðið. The couple has a daughter together.

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Hafþór denied all these charges in a Facebook status, stressing emphatically that he has never shown violent behaviour towards women. The accusations by the women, he argued, were caused by personal animosity and ongoing conflicts with the two women.

Custody battles 

Ástríkur, Asterix, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, the Mountain
Asterix The puppy Hafþór Júlíus and his former fiancé Andrea Sif have feuded over. Photo/Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Instagram

Hafþór's lawyer told the local news site Vísir that the claims by Thelma are connected to a custody battle over their daughter. Thelma, who lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, has barred Hafþór from meeting with his daughter. "The main victim in this whole affair is an eight year old child who lives in Copenhagen. That's what pains me the most about the whole case," Hafþór's lawyer said.

Hafþór claimed in his Facebook post that the argument with Andrea was connected to financial claims she has made following their break-up. Hafþór has previously also said the arguments stem from a custody battle over a small Pomeranian puppy the couple owned while they were living together.

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