A lower court had the Frenchman already been sentenced to two years in prison for a rape in 2011, but found then not proven that he is in that year a second time transgressed to the victim. The Public Ministry and Arnault went on it in the appeal. The man denied all the accusations.
Eighteen women have accused the Frenchman last year in the media of sexual misconduct. Ultimately, he is only prosecuted for this verkrachtingszaak. Other facts were already expired or could not be proven.
The scandal around Arnault led to a crisis within the Academy. Several members got on and the awarding of the Nobel prize for Literature was abandoned. Arnault, who is married with the poet Katarina Frostenson, is also suspected of leaking the names of the upcoming Nobel laureates.