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There's Video of Homophobic Jozef Szajer Getting Arrested at Gay Orgy

Video Shows Arrest of József Szájer After He Tried to Flee Gay Orgy

Video of the arrest of disgraced homophobic, right-wing Hungarian politician József Szájer as he attempted to escape arrest at an illegal gay orgy in neighboring Belgium last year was briefly made public Wednesday. According to Euronews, the video was captured by a  Belgian film crew accompanying police in Brussels and shows Szájer moments after he shimmied down a pipe and was detained by police. The video clip was broadcast on Flemish TV station VTM Wednesday, and uploaded to Youtube, but has since been removed at the request of Belgian prosecutors due to privacy concerns.

The video shows a man identified as József Szájer spread eagle with his hands against a building as police appear to search him. A witness tells police Szájer fell to the sidewalk as he tried to escape the party, and prosecutors said they believe he was probably injured in the fall. The drug ecstasy was found in his backpack, but he was not immediately arrested. Instead, the shaken politician said he had no knowledge of the drug and then claimed diplomatic immunity. Szájer had no identification with him, so he was escorted to his home by police where he provided documentation proving his identity. He was released and all charges were later dropped after he paid a small fine.

Police shutting down the party upstairs had a more unusual encounter when some guests thought the officers were part of the evening’s entertainment and attempted to unzip their trousers as they entered the door.

“We don't sit around drinking tea,” the party’s host told reporters. “People are here for sex.”

The video was filed by a crew that was creating a documentary about Brussels police and the work they were doing during the pandemic.

News of the Szájer’s participation at the orgy caused a scandal in Hungary. He resigned his ministerial and party positions in disgrace, leaving politics entirely. Szájer and Prime Minister Viktor Orban had formed the right wing Fidesz party in 1988 as a protest against the former Soviet Union’s occupation of his country. The party shifted to the political right following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union.

The Italian street artist Laika was so inspired by Szájer’s homophobic hypocrisy that he repurposed the disgraced former politician into a shirtless and harness-clad gay leather icon with a background of naked men, which he then plastered around the streets of Rome. Laika proclaimed Szájer the “new gay icon” and called for a more inclusive and tolerant Hungary “where even Szájer can be free to live his sexuality the way he believes, without hiding from his own party.”

Szájer issued a statement Wednesday addressing the release of the video, saying his “status as public person is finished” and that he has withdrawn from public life. Combined with the decision by Belgian to not prosecutive him further, he declared the matter is closed and that he expects “everyone to fully respect” his right to privacy as a private citizen.

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