By East Lothian Courier. The man at the centre of a sex abuse and financial crimes scandal in Sweden that is tarnishing the academy that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature has been convicted of rape and sentenced to two years in prison.
Jean-Claude Arnault, 72, a major cultural figure in Sweden, had faced two counts of rape for the same woman in 2011.
He was found guilty of one rape but was acquitted of the other because the victim said she was asleep at the time and judges said her account was not reliable. (Read more from “Serial Rapist Connected With Nobel Peace Prize Convicted, Causes Unprecedented Delay in Award” HERE)
Arnault, the Frenchman at the center of the Nobel Prize scandal, had long history of alleged sexual assaults
By DW. In November 2017, Arnault was accused of assaulting at least 18 women, including a claim backed by three witnesses that he groped Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria at an Academy event in 2006. He was charged with two counts of rape, after several charges had to be dropped due to insufficient evidence or the statute of limitations having lapsed. . .
There are also suspicions that Arnault has leaked the winner of the [Nobel] Literature Prize to the media several times.
As a result, the Academy announced that it will not hand out its literature award until 2019, saying that it needs to regain public trust in its processes. This is the first time the prize has been canceled in six decades. Previously, the Academy has declined to award a writer in times of conflict or when they believed none of the nominees were worthy. (Read more from this story HERE)
French Photographer at the Center of Nobel Prize Sex Scandal Is Jailed for Two Years for Rape in Sweden
By The Sun. The French photographer at the centre of the scandal that rocked the Nobel Prize has been jailed for two years for rape in Sweden.
Jean-Claude Arnault was charged with two counts of rape and the court found him guilty of one count and acquitted him of the other.
Judge Gudrun Antemar said: “The court’s conclusion is that the evidence is enough to find the defendant guilty of one of the events.”
She added the evidence “has mainly consisted of statements made during the trial by the injured party and several witnesses”.
The trial was held behind closed doors to protect the identity of the victim, which has not been disclosed. (Read more from “French Photographer at the Center of Nobel Prize Sex Scandal Is Jailed for Two Years for Rape in Sweden” HERE)