However, these allegations turned out to be false.
The reports of the alleged soliciting originated from a leak at the US State Department. Although the record was put straight some time ago, the State Department has waited until now to officially apologise to Mr Gutman.
In a communiqué the State Department writes that
"The report by the Inspector-General clearly shows that there is no question of any inappropriate behaviour and the accusations were wrongly leaked. This can put right the hurt caused and close what has been a painful chapter for many”.
Mr Gutman says that he is relieved that the page has finally been turned. The former Ambassador clearly has a heart for Belgium. He told journalists that “We stay in Belgium about one week per month on business and to visit friends.”