The scandal is the biggest to hit the prize since it was first awarded in 1901.
The interim permanent secretary of the Academy, Anders Olsson, said in a statement: "We find it necessary to commit time to recovering public confidence in the Academy before the next laureate can be announced".
Mr. Arnault has extensive links to the Swedish Academy, the body which decides the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Three academy members resigned last month to protest their organization's handling of the allegations, and not long afterward, the head of the academy was forced to step down, leaving too few members and too much bad press to decide on a prize victor this year. He added the academy was acting "out of respect for previous and future literature laureates, the Nobel Foundation and the general public".
05 de mayo de 2018, 00:20Stockholm, May 5 (Prensa Latina) The 2018 Literature Nobel Price will be granted along with next year " s, due to a sexual scandal that is shaking the Swedish Academy, the institution informed.
Dorotea Bromberg, of Swedish publishing house Brombergs, which has published four Nobel laureates, including JM Coetzee, said the academy's postponement "was a pity", but understood the reasoning.
Arnault's attorney Björn Hurtig says that his client denies all the allegations, arguing he's become "the victim of a witch hunt" and that they "may have been made with the sole objective of harming" him, according to The Guardian. "We have decided not to award a prize after long and intense discussions". Arnault has also been suspected of violating Nobel rules by leaking winners' names - allegedly seven times. It now only has 10 active members and eight vacant seats. It plans to award double prizes next year, the institute said in a press release.
Membership in the academy, which was established in 1786, is for life, and a resignation means there is an empty chair until that member dies.
Resigning was not possible until earlier this week, when the academy's patron, King Carl XVI Gustaf, approved changes in the statutes allowing members to resign. Last fall, Dagens Nyheter, one of Sweden's largest newspapers, published sexual misconduct claims from 18 women against Arnault, who runs a cultural centre the academy used to help fund.
Several members have quit the body in protest over the academy's handling of the scandals. Arnault had already been accused of sexual harassment or assault by 18 women last November.
The Academy "deeply regrets that the letter was shelved and no measures taken to investigate the charges", the organization said in April of the decades-old allegation.