COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- A member of the academy that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature said Wednesday she is leaving the body, the latest person to quit amid sex abuse and financial crimes scandals at the exclusive group.

Jayne Svenungsson is the eighth person to quit or to be forced off the 18-member board of the Swedish Academy since the scandals broke last year.

Swedish broadcaster SVT reported that Svenungsson, who joined in December, left after "careful consideration." The broadcaster quoted her as saying she wanted to focus on her full-time job as a university theology professor.

The Swedish Academy's permanent secretary, Anders Olsson, told Sweden's TT news agency that "it has been an extremely hard year for all of us, I can understand the difficulty she has had as a new member to enter the academy in the middle of this war."

The scandals have led the troubled academy to postpone the 2018 literature prize, with the intention of awarding it in 2019. The body has elected three new members in recent weeks to try to fill the vacant seats.

The academy's troubles centered on Jean-Claude Arnault, a major cultural figure in Sweden and the husband of former Swedish Academy member Katarina Frostenson. Arnault, 72, was convicted of rape in October and sentenced to two years in prison.

Arnault has denied wrongdoing and appealed the ruling.

The allegations against the Frenchman began in November 2017 when 18 women came forward in a Swedish newspaper with abuse accusations against him.

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