Man at centre of Nobel Literature scandal convicted of rape

Posted by News Express | 2 October 2018 | 1,624 times

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•Jean-Claude Arnault

A court in Sweden has sentenced a French national at the centre of a sex abuse and financial crimes scandal, which rocked the academy that awards Nobel Prize for literature, to two years in jail for rape.

An influential figure in Stockholm's cultural scene, 72-year-old Jean-Claude Arnault went on trial last month on two counts of rape relating to incidents dating back to 2011.

In a unanimous ruling, the Stockholm District Court on Monday found Arnault guilty of one of the charges while acquitting him of the other.

"The defendant is found guilty of rape committed during the night between the 5th and 6th of October 2011 and has been sentenced to imprisonment for two years," a court statement said.

"The injured party has been awarded compensation for damages," it added.

Prosecutors had called for a minimum sentence of three years in what was one of the first big trials to come out of the #MeToo movement.

Arnault's conviction came minutes before the academy announced American James Allison and Japanese Tasuku Honjo as winners of this year's Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.

Arnault is married to poet Katarina Frostenson, a member of the Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Literature Prize.

The revelation of the scandal prompted the cancellation of this year's Nobel prize for literature - a first in 70 years - and saw seven members of the academy either being forced to leave or quitting in April, including Frostenson.

The scandal erupted in November 2017, a month after rape and sexual abuse accusations surfaced against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. (Aljazeera)

Source: News Express

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