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Swedish Academy scandal: French photographer charged with rape

The Stock Exchange Building in Stockholm's old town, which is also the Academy's headquarters. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg / TT

Published: 12.Jun.2018 16:44 hrs

A French culture figure at the centre of a scandal that splintered the Swedish Academy has been charged with two counts of rape, Stockholm prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Photographer Jean-Claude Arnault, who is accused of sexual assault by 18 women, has been charged with raping a woman in Stockholm on two occasions in 2011. He has denied the allegations.

"The evidence in this case is solid and sufficient enough for an indictment," prosecutor Christina Voigt told AFP, referring to indirect witness accounts that corroborate the victim's version of events. No date has yet been set for the trial.

According to the charge sheet, a copy of which was obtained by AFP, Arnault, 71, allegedly forced the victim -- who was in a state of "intense fear" -- to have oral sex and intercourse in a Stockholm apartment on October 5th, 2011. He is also accused of raping her during the night of December 2nd-3rd while she was asleep.

In November, in the wake of the global #MeToo movement, Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter published the testimonies of 18 women claiming to have been raped, sexually assaulted or harassed by Arnault. The Svenska Dagbladet newspaper later cited three sources, one of them within the Academy, as saying they had seen the man grope the Crown Princess at an event put on by the Literature Nobel Prize-awarding body.

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