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    Mon, 30 Aug 2010 12:58:18

    German Pop Star Convicted of Grievous Bodily Harm - Nadja Benaissa had sex with two men while knowingly HIV-positive

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    The courts were somewhat lenient with a German pop singer who confessed to knowingly exposing two men to the risk of HIV after finding out she had the virus herself. The singer, Nadja Benaissa, 28, of No Angels fame, was convicted by a court on Thursday of grievous bodily harm. She was given a two-year suspended sentence even though she was staring down a 10-year prison sentence for her reprehensibly irresponsible behavior. Prosecutors had sought a lenient sentence because Benaissa had confessed and expressed remorse. I can appreciate her feeling bad for her actions, but it is beyond irresponsible to have unprotected sex with people when you are HIV-positive and to not inform them of your status prior.

    "I made a huge mistake," Benaissa told the Darmstadt court in western Germany at the end of the trial on Wednesday, adding she had kept it all a secret because she was afraid of what would happen if the public learned she had been HIV-positive. That's really not a good excuse, I have to say. She endangered the lives of two other human beings by worrying what the public thought? That's a bad gamble. That said, she will have to live with the consequences (and perhaps, guilt) of her actions for the rest of her life and that is probably punishment enough.

    Do you think the German courts were too lenient with Benaissa?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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