Man At The Centre Of Nobel Scandal Found Guilty Of Rape, Jailed

Jean-Claude Arnault , a French photographer, was convicted of raping a lady in 2011. (Reuters)


A Frenchman on the centre of a scandal that led to the postponement of this yr’s Nobel Literature Prize was on Monday discovered responsible on enchantment of two counts of rape and jailed for two-and-a-half years.

As soon as an influential determine in Stockholm’s cultural scene, 72-year-old Jean-Claude Arnault was convicted by a Stockholm appeals court docket of raping a younger girl in October 2011 and once more in December the identical yr.

He had pleaded harmless to the costs, insisting the intercourse was consensual.

A Stockholm district court docket had in October discovered him responsible of the primary depend of rape however acquitted him of the second, and had sentenced him to 2 years behind bars.

“The appeals court docket has come to a distinct conclusion and considers it confirmed past a doubt that the accused is responsible of rape on the second event as effectively,” the appeals court docket stated in a press release.

The case was one of many first huge trials to come back out of the #MeToo motion, and has left the venerable Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Literature Prize, in tatters.

Arnault is married to Katarina Frostenson, a Swedish Academy member who has not often spoken out for the reason that scandal erupted.

He has been locked up since his conviction by the decrease court docket.

The scandal erupted in November 2017, one month after rape and sexual abuse accusations surfaced in opposition to Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

On the time, Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter revealed the testimonies of 18 girls claiming to have been raped, sexually assaulted or harassed by Arnault.

The Frenchman ran the Discussion board membership, which he based in 1989 as a gathering place for the cultural elite and was well-liked amongst aspiring younger authors hoping to make contact with publishers and writers.

The Swedish Academy, which funded his membership for years, has 18 members and Arnault typically referred to himself as its “19th member”. He reportedly often leaked the names of Nobel winners to buddies.

The revelations have left the celebrated physique deeply divided over easy methods to handle its ties with Arnault and his spouse, with some members quitting the Academy.

His accusers declare the Academy was conscious of Arnault’s behaviour however ensured that “a tradition of silence” reigned in cultural circles.

Discredited and with no quorum to make key selections, the Academy postponed the announcement of the 2018 Nobel Literature Prize for the primary time in 70 years.

A number of allegations in opposition to Arnault have been dropped resulting from lack of proof or as a result of the statute of limitations had expired.

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