'No Angels' Singer in Jail: German Pop Star Accused of Infecting Partner with HIV
Nadja Benaissa, a singer with Germany's most successful girl group ever, 'No Angels', has been arrested on suspicion of having infected a sexual partner with HIV. She faces a possible charge of grievous bodily harm.
A Nadja Benaissa, a 26-year-old singer and member of Germany's most successful girl group "No Angels," has been arrested on suspicion of infecting a partner with HIV.
At least one of the partners has since been tested positive for HIV, allegedly as a result of having intercourse with her, the prosecutor's office said in a statement.
The singer faces a possible charge of grievous bodily harm which carries a sentence of between six months and 10 years, the office said. She has been remanded in custody.
Benaissa was arrested on Saturday evening before she was due to give a solo performance in Frankfurt. The manager of No Angels, Khalid Schröder, declined to comment on the arrest.
The all-girl band with five members in its original line-up came to prominence after winning the German TV casting show "Popstars" in 2000 and became continental Europe's most successful girl group, selling more than 5 million records and scoring several No. 1 hits.
They split up in December 2003 but made a comeback in 2007.
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