Jean-Claude Arnault ([aʁno]; born 15 August 1946), known in Swedish media as "the cultural profile" (Swedish: kulturprofilen), is a French-Swedish photographer and convicted rapist, who became widely known after several accusations of sexual assault levelled against him precipitated a scandal resulting in the resignations of members of the Nobel Committee and the postponement of the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature. These events occurred against the background of the Me Too movement. In 2018, he was convicted of rape and sentenced to two years in prison.  He was formerly artistic director of the cultural center Forum – Nutidsplats för kultur ("Forum – Contemporary Scene of Culture") at Sigtunagatan 14 in Stockholm.
Sexual assault allegations and rape conviction
In November 2017, in the context of the Me Too movement, eighteen women accused Arnault of sexual assault, which led to the Swedish Academy breaking all financial ties with him. Swedish media has reported that he groped Swedish Crown Princess Victoria at an academy event in 2006.
Simultaneously, his wife Katarina Frostenson was accused of corruption for not informing the academy about conflicts of interest when distributing subsidies for her husband's cultural center. The Swedish academy believes he has leaked seven winners of the Nobel Prize in literature.
Arnault denied all allegations. On 1 October 2018, Arnault was convicted of one count of rape and sentenced to two years in prison as well as a SEK 115,000 fine. Arnault has appealed the verdict.
In the wake of the accusations, Swedish Academy member Klas Östergren left the academy and academy members Sara Danius, Peter Englund, Kjell Espmark and Frostenson ceased taking part in the academy's work, leading to concerns about the future of the academy. On 27 April 2018, Sara Stridsberg left the academy in solidarity with Sara Danius. Due to the scandal and a perceived tarnishing of the Nobel Committee's reputation, the Nobel Prize in Literature was postponed until 2019. The New Academy Prize in Literature was created as an alternative to the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature.
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