The Hungarian politician and MEP Jozsef Szajer resigned after he was caught at a sex party in Brussels on Friday night, violating Belgium's coronavirus measures.
Reports of a sex party with 25 attendees, including an MEP, shut down by Brussels police on Friday made headlines. The MEP in question was Jozsef Szajer.
On Tuesday, Szajer issued a statement in which he admits that he was present at what he calls "a private party" on Friday.
"I am sorry that I have broken the rules of gatherings," he said. "This was irresponsible on my part, and I will take the sanctions that come with it."
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"The police say that an ecstasy pill was found. It is not mine, I don’t know who placed it and how," Szajer said. "I made a statement to the police about this."
The party took place an apartment in the Rue des Pierres, in the centre of Brussels. The MEP allegedly tried to flee via a drainpipe when the police entered, but he was caught and questioned.
"After the police asked for my identity- since I did not have ID on me - I declared that I was a MEP," Szajer said. "The police continued the process and finally issued an official verbal warning and transported me home."
All attendees were issued a €250 fine as the party was in breach of the coronavirus measures. The police also found drugs at the scene.
Szajer is a prominent member of Hungarian Prime Minister Orban's Fidesz party. Last weekend, he unexpectedly resigned as a Member of the European Parliament.
Officially, he did so "after a long period of reflection" and "because he could no longer cope with the tension of daily political struggles."
In recent years, the Fidesz party has profiled itself as a party against equal rights for the LGBTQ community in Hungary.
The Brussels Times