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Man at Center of Nobel Literature Scandal Loses Rape Appeal

The man with ties to the Swedish Academy that awards the Nobel Prize in literature has lost his appeal to have his rape conviction and a two-year prison sentence reversed and has been convicted of a second rape.

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The man with ties to the Swedish Academy that awards the Nobel Prize in literature has lost his appeal to have his rape conviction and a two-year prison sentence reversed and has been convicted of a second rape.

The Svea Court of Appeal on Monday gave Jean-Claude Arnault 2 1/2 years in jail for raping the same woman twice seven years ago.

In October, the 72-year-old Frenchman, who is married to a former member of the Swedish Academy board, was found guilty of one rape in 2011.

The sex abuse scandal led eight members to either leave or disassociate themselves from the secretive body's 18-member board. Amid the chaos, this year's Nobel literature award has been postponed to 2019.

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