German singer stands trial in HIV case
- 16 Aug 2010 09:16 (South Africa)
German singer Nadja Benaissa is due in court today in the city of Darmstadt, on charges of aggravated assault and attempted aggravated assault. Her alleged crime: failing to tell her sexual partners that she is HIV positive. Benaissa is understood to have known about her status from 1999, but had unprotected sex in 2004 with a man, who alleges that he became HIV positive from the encounter. The charges of attempted aggravated assault apply to two other men she had unprotected sex with, but who did not contract HIV. The trial is expected to attract much celebrity attention, some of whom have already said that the singer's arrest was over the top and a sign of prejudice against those who live with HIV. Benaissa is most famous for being a member of No Angels, Germany's most successful female band, having sold five million albums from 2000 till 2003. Read more: The Telegraph and BBC News.