Expedition Robinson reality TV star in Sweden fakes rape rescue to get attention.

Expedition Robinson reality TV star in Sweden fakes rape rescue to get attention.
A contestant on a recent edition of Sweden’s Expedition Robinson, the show that became Survivor in the US, pretended to rescue a fake rape victim to get attention, and even hired fake paparazzi to document the whole thing. According to The Local, Robert “Robban” Andersson told media that “I heard her screaming and just ran over” and said that he “didn’t have time to think.” Although a man was arrested based upon his account and the account of the 19-year-old alleged victim, “the man was innocent. In fact, there was no suspected rapist on the run and, indeed, no attempted rape. Andersson and his three accomplices–the woman and two photographers–had plotted the twisted story in the vain hope of pulling some positive publicity in his direction.” After his confession, he told media, “I thought it was funny, but I am an idiot. Thirty years old and as naive as a child. My whole life is a docusoap. I understood the seriousness of it all when I was lying in the cell and realised that I could end up in prison.”

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