FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2018, file photo, Jean-Claude Arnault arrives at the district court for the start of court proceedings in Stockholm. Arnault, a French citizen who is a major cultural figure in Sweden, is at the center of a sex-abuse and financial crimes scandal that has tarnished the academy and forced it to take a year off in choosing who should get the prestigious literature prize. (Fredrik Sandberg/TT News Agency via AP, File)

Man at center of Nobel Literature scandal convicted of rape

October 01, 2018 - 5:14 am

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The man at the center of a sex-abuse and financial crimes scandal that is tarnishing the academy that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature, has been found guilty and given a two-year jail sentence for a rape in 2011.

Jean-Claude Arnault, a major cultural figure in Sweden, faced two counts of rape of a woman seven years ago.

Stockholm District Court said Monday that the ruling was unanimous.

Prosecutor Christina Voigt had demanded three years in prison for Arnault who is married to a Swedish Academy member.

He had denied the charges, which have rocked the prestigious academy with seven members either being forced to leave or quitting in April.

In May, the academy announced that no prize would be awarded this year.

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