Jean-Claude Arnault, photographer in Nobel prize scandal, jailed

Arnault, who is well known in Sweden's cultural scene, was charged with two counts of rape relating to incidents against one woman in October and December 2011.

"The court's conclusion is that the evidence is enough to find the defendant guilty of one of the events", she said, adding that the evidence "has mainly consisted of statements made during the trial by the injured party and several witnesses". It has already been decided that no Nobel Prize in Literature will be awarded this year because of the situation in the Swedish Academy, and Lars Heikensten, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation, does not rule out that the prize may be canceled next year as well, since the legitimacy of the Swedish Academy has been damaged. The sentence, two years in prison, is the minimum sentence for rape in Sweden.

Elisabeth Massi Fritz, the lawyer for the victim, said Arnault's conviction on the other count of rape was "a huge relief for my client and a victory for justice".

"This case is no different from any other rape trial", Voigt, the prosecutor, told Sweden's news agency TT.

At the time, Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter published the testimonies of 18 women claiming to have been raped, sexually assaulted or harassed by Arnault, who had close ties to the Academy.

"We are obviously disappointed", Arnault's lawyer, Bjorn Hurtig told TT.

Arnault, 72, is married to poet Katarina Frostenson, who was among eight of the Academy's 18 lifetime members who've resigned or are on leave in the wake of the scandal.

Numerous allegations against Arnault involve his actions at academy-owned properties.

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In April, the Swedish Academy said an internal investigation into sexual misconduct allegations found that "unacceptable behavior in the form of unwanted intimacy" had taken place within the ranks of the prestigious institution.

Many in the Scandinavian nation, known for promoting gender equality, have expressed dismay over the scandal, which has exposed bitter divisions within the academy and given rise to accusations of patriarchal leanings among some members.

Technically, members of the Swedish Academy can not resign from their positions, which are assumed for life.

The Swedish Academy has also come under fire for contravening its own conflict-of-interest regulations by providing funding to the cultural forum run by Arnault and Frostenson.

On Oct. 12 in Stockholm, on the heels of the various Nobel announcements, the New Academy's jury, led by publishing-industry veteran Ann Pålsson, will name the victor of the New Prize in Literature. The academy stressed it had not been paid to Arnault personally.

Still, there is no guarantee that will happen. He even suggested there could be no Nobel Literature Prize awarded in 2019 either.

The scandal has raised questions about what the academy's members knew about his actions, and it also led to reports that Arnault had leaked the names of literary Nobel winners.

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