Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin is facing calls to take a drug test after she was captured in leaked cellphone videos dancing and partying wildly with her celebrity friends.
Marin, who at age 36 is one of the youngest heads of state in the world, defended her conduct seen in the viral clips, and vehemently denied using drugs.
“I have not used drugs myself, or anything other than alcohol. I’ve danced, sung and partied and done perfectly legal things,” she said at a press conference Thursday.
Videos that were apparently taken from a private Instagram account depicted Finland’s leader gyrating her hips and dancing with much verve with her pals. Twitter
In the recordings, which were purportedly taken from a private Instagram account, Marin and a group of pals — among them Finnish musicians, TV personalities and politicians — are seen dancing wildly and singing.
Dressed in a black tank top and a pair of white pants, the glamorous prime minister of Finland could be observed gyrating her hips, pumping her fists with enthusiasm and making funny faces with her girlfriends for the camera, in what appears to be a private apartment.
After the bombshell leak, Finnish Member of Parliament Mikko Kärnä, from Marin’s coalition partner Centre Party, tweeted that Marin should take a voluntary drug test and make the results public.
“The people are also allowed to expect this from their prime minister,” he wrote.
During the press conference Thursday, Marin refuted allegations of drug use, saying that she only drank alcohol — but not to excess – and partied “in a boisterous way.”
“I haven’t used any drugs, so it’s not a problem to take a drug test, but I also think it’s quite special that something like this is required,” she told reporters, adding that she has “nothing to conceal or hide.”
The 36-year-old European leader insisted that her actions were completely legal. Marin also said that knew she was being filmed at the social event a couple of weeks ago, but expected the recordings to remain private.
Marin, 36, said the party took place a couple of weeks private at two private residences, with some 20 guests in attendance. Twitter
During a press conference on Thursday, Marin defended her actions and denied any drug use at the social gathering. LEHTIKUVA/AFP via Getty Images
“It feels bad that they have been published,” she lamented.
Marin also revealed that the raucous footage was taken at gatherings at two separate apartments with some 20 guests.
Among those in attendance were Finnish singer Alma, rapper Petri Nygard, TV presenter Tinni Wikstrom and MPs from Marin’s Social Democratic party.
Earlier this week, the German publication Bild hailed Marin as “the coolest prime minister in the world.”
Back in December, Marin was forced to apologize for going to a club after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID.via REUTERS
This is not the first time that Marin’s affinity for partying has gotten her in trouble.
Back in Dec. 2021, she was forced to apologize for spending a night at a nightclub after coming into a close contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID.
Marin said she missed a text message instructing her to self-isolate because she had left her work phone at home, although as prime minister she was supposed to have the device on her at all times.
“I am very sorry for not understanding that I needed to do that,” Marin said at the time as part of her mea culpa.