German Pop Singer Will Not Get Jail Time in HIV Case
August 26, 2010
Nadja Benaissa, singer in the popular German girl band No Angels, was arrested last year on her way to a concert after she was accused of having sex with at least three men without proper protection, one of which confirmed having contracted HIV.
Benaissa had known she had HIV since she was 16, when she found out she was pregnant and blood tests confirmed she had the disease. She had been a habitual drug user for two years prior, leading to the contraction.
Fearing the affect it would have on her career if anyone found out, she hid it from everyone but her fellow singers. That included the partners she had unprotected sex with. One man who had a three month relationship with her in 2004 did not find out he was positive until 2007, when her aunt informed him that she had HIV.
She has expressed remorse and admitted to the acts which led to one charge of causing bodily harm, and two cases of attempting bodily harm. She was given a two year suspended sentence with 300 hours community service.
This seems like a shockingly lenient sentence. While she did admit to the crimes, and she did apologize, she didn’t do so until she was caught and arrested. She did not feel so much remorse that she told the man who she infected herself, nor the other two men who she exposed. She also didn’t feel so guilty that she used protection on the numerous other occasions.