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Ex-lover says No Angels singer admitted to HIV

DDP/DPA/The Local · 19 Aug 2010, 17:48

Published: 19 Aug 2010 17:48 GMT+02:00

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Benaissa, 28, faces charges of dangerous bodily harm for having intercourse on at least five occasions with three partners between 2000 and 2004 without informing them she had the virus that causes AIDS, despite knowing about it since 1999.

But her 38-year-old former boyfriend told the Darmstadt court she had been “open and responsible” about her HIV status during their relationship in 2003 and 2004.

The Frankfurt musician said he also had the impression that during that time she had suffered immense pressure with the secret that was kept separate from her public image.

But when Judge Dennis Wacker asked the witness whether Benaissa could have had a liaison with the Frankfurt stage manager who claims she infected him with HIV in early 2004 through unprotected sex, he said: “That could be.”

The plaintiff's lawyer interpreted that statement to mean Benaissa likely chose to inform one partner and not the other during the same time period.

“Apparently Ms. Benaissa made a choice between who she would tell and who she wouldn’t,” the stage manager’s lawyer Hans-Dieter Henkel told the court. “I don’t understand the logic of this.”

If convicted, Benaissa faces up to 10 years in prison, but as the second day of proceedings ended Henkel said he expects the court will hand Benaissa a suspended sentence. A prison sentence would not serve his client either, he added.

Benaissa, who has admitted to being addicted to crack cocaine at age 14, discovered her HIV status when she became pregnant at 16 in 1999. The case is taking place in a youth court because she was still underage during the incidents in question.

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Meanwhile Benaissa’s three No Angels bandmates are unlikely to testify in the case.

State prosecutor Peter Liesenfeld, along with Henkel and Benaissa’s lawyer all believe that Sandy Mölling, Jessica Wahls und Lucy Diakovska no longer need to vouch for their friend because her statements have been credible.

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19:58 August 20, 2010 by rebelcowboy77
I find this to be a very interesting article. I don't agree with her,but I understand her decision not to inform her partners. There is a huge stigma and negative labeling that goes with getting a positive HIV test result. Living in the US, I have seen and read the results of people learning that one is HIV positive. I'm fairly certain that if I was found to be HIV positive and the results were published around town today, that by the end of the weekend I will have been retailiated against at work, descriminated against by a local business,and some homophobe would vandalize my house. All just because of society's automatic assumption that being HIV positive equals being homosexual and thus entitles one to immediate loss of civil rights, descrimination, and vigilante justice. That being said, I understand her decision but I think she is morally wrong. She was just afraid of and scared of what would happen to her life, band, and career when word spread. Being so young, she probably didn't understand how this could affect others arournd her and only understood the implications involved with being branded HIV positive. She was probably still in that High School mentality. I find it a very sad situation that society's immature moral handling of the whole homosexual, and HIV issues and her own immaturity in this issue will cost the lives of too many people that didn't have to neccessarily be affected. Society still has a long way to go in order to mature. Well I'm sure this is all self apparent to everyone here. The biggest question this article raises is about her partners. We know at least one of them was the age of an adult. I don't know any stage managers who are youths. Maybe she had bigger issues to deal with like dealing with adults who are pushing a teenager, her, for sex. It seems like there should be another trial going on also for atleast one partner who was an adult that should have a rape charge. What about here other partners.
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