Swedish Academy-connected photographer Jean-Claude Arnault is escorted out after the first day of his rape conviction appeal trial in Stockholm, Sweden November 12, 2018. TT News Agency/Jonas Ekstromer via REUTERS
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An appeals trial opens in Stockholm on Monday for a Frenchman jailed two years for rape in a scandal that led to the postponement of this year's Nobel Literature Prize.At the time, Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter published the testimonies of 18 women claiming to have been raped, sexually assaulted or harassed by Arnault.The Swedish Academy, which funded his club for years, has 18 members and Arnault often referred to himself as its "19th member".Discredited and without a quorum to make key decisions, the Academy postponed the announcement of the 2018 Nobel Literature Prize for the first time in 70 years.
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