By KELIN DILLON
Accusations of sexual abuse and rape have been mounting against Mexican businessman and thinker Andrés Roemer Slomianski over the last month, resulting in the vandalism of Roemer’s Mexico City residence in the Roma neighborhood with the number “61,” — referring to the number of women who have come forward with allegations against him — during Monday, March 9’s women’s protest
Unnamed accusations against Roemer began to come out in 2019, but came to a head when Mexican dancer Itzel Schnaas put a face to the allegations when she released a video on Feb. 15 publicly detailing her own alleged sexual abuse at the hands of Roemer. Schnaas’s lead was quickly followed by other women publicly sharing their encounters with the alleged abuser.
The Mexican thinker responded to the accusations from Schnaas with a video released on Feb. 19, denying any abuse on his end against the dancer, although he has not made any comment on the allegations from other women. He has since deleted several of his public social media profiles following the spread of the scandal.
United Mexican Journalists (PUM) then released a report on March 5 detailing the accusations of a total of 61 women between the ages of 18 and 42 against Roemer, featuring claims against Roemer of sexual harassment, sexual abuse and rape.
Most of the women shared a similar story of Roemer inviting them over to his house under the guise of a business proposition or career assistance, where he then allegedly forced himself upon them, with some claims going as far as to say he locked them up against their will.
The Mexico City Sex Crimes Investigation Office has since announced a full investigation into the allegations, following the public outcry against Roemer.
Prior to the accusations, Roemer was recognized for his contributions to the intellectual world, having been an instrumental player in the creation of the annual City of Ideas conference that has been referred to as the “brain Olympics” due to its concentration of the world’s intellectual elite and the innovative topics discussed there.
Roemer also served as Mexico’s ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, where he reportedly faced other allegations of inappropriate behavior, according to a Mexican career ambassador serving in Europe at the same time as him.
“When he was in Paris, there were many rumors and accusations presented against him as formal complaints to UNESCO that were never followed through on,” the former colleague told Pulse News Mexico.
The Mexican career ambassador characterized Roemer as “very intelligent and very cultured” but “very aggressive” and didn’t seem to react to the “constant” complaints and rumors against him.
Roemer’s weekly television show on channel ADN40 was cancelled on March 7 without explanation. The next day, his Roma residence was boarded up in anticipation of the following day’s women’s protests. The demonstrators managed to tear down pieces of the wooden barriers in front of his home, and spray painted the number 61 all across the walls as a reminder of the 61 women who had accused the Mexican thinker of abuse.
His wife, Pamela Cortes-Roemer, said she felt “threatened by the course events that took place” during Monday’s protests, and asked for the claims against her husband to be investigated “and that they be resolved with justice, in strict accordance with the law.”
Pulse News Mexico was unable to reach Roemer for comment.
…March 12, 2021