Jean-Claude Arnault, Photographer Handed Two-year Jail Term

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Jean-Claude Arnault, a French photographer in Nobel prize scandal has just been handed a two year prison sentence.

Jean-Claude Arnault, Photographer Handed Two-year Jail Term
Frenchman Jean-Claude Arnault arrives at the district court in Stockholm on September 24, 2018, where he will attend the final hearing in his trial for rape and sexual assault, allegations that prompted the Swedish Academy to postpone the Nobel Literature Prize. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Jean-Claude Arnault, 72, who is the centere figure of a rape scandal that forced this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature to be postponed has been handed a two-year jail term.

On Monday, October 1, a Swedish court found Arnault guilty of raping a woman in an apartment in Stockholm in 2011.

The photographer who is well known in Sweden, is married to a former member of the centuries-old Swedish Academy.

This rape scandal forced the academy to cancel 2018’s literature award in May.

The Stockholm district court said while announcing its verdict;

“The defendant is found guilty of rape committed during the night between the 5 October and 6 October 2011”.

It also added that the victim would be “awarded compensation for damages” and ordered Arnault to pay about $12,000 (£10,000).

The victim’s lawyer, Elisabeth Massi Fritz, said her client was “relieved” following the verdict, local media report.

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