German Pop Star Nadja Benaissa Convicted of Failing to Tell Partners She Was HIV Positive

Posted on August 29, 2010

German pop star Nadja Benaissa, 28, was found guilty Thursday in a German court of causing grievous bodily harm and attempted bodily harm. Nadja failed to tell three different men that she was HIV positive. One of the men now is HIV positive. Nadja is a former member of the all girl band No Angels, a top band in Germany. Because she showed great remorse and because of her age (she was 17-19) when the crimes were committed, she was given a two-year suspended sentence. She must also complete 300 hours of community service with people who are HIV-positive.

Nadja that she began drinking alcohol and smoking pot at the age of 12. She got addicted to crack cocaine at 14. She was living on the street. A pregnancy screening at 16 showed she was pregnant and HIV positive. After that she hit it big on the German equivalent of American Idol and suddenly she was in the country's top pop group.

She testified that she kept her condition a secret to protect her child and her bandmates. She also said her doctor told her it was nearly impossible for her to infect anyone else. That, of course, is not true. Here is CNN's report:

Americans will be wondering why the men who had sex with Nadja weren't arrested for statutory rape, because she was below the age of consent. The age of consent in Germany is a shockingly low fourteen years of age.
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