Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Girl band singer accused of infecting partners with HIV

Nadja Benaissa (far right) with her No Angels bandmates. Benaissa is alleged to have had unprotected sex with three people without telling them that she was HIV positive

A singer with Germany’s most successful girl band has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm by infecting a partner with HIV.

Nadja Benaissa, who sold more than 5m records and performed concerts around the world with No Angels, is alleged to have had unprotected sex with three people without telling them that she was HIV positive.

At least one man has since found that he has the virus.

Benaissa (26), a mother of one, became a celebrity overnight when she and four other young women won the first German series of the talent TV show Popstars in 2000.

They formed No Angels, who were said to have been modelled on the Spice Girls, and went on to have a string of No 1 hits.

Benaissa, who was born in Germany and has a Moroccan father, was arrested in Frankfurt on Saturday evening, shortly before she was due to give a solo performance. She was remanded in custody after a judge ruled there was a danger she might repeat her alleged offence.

If found guilty, she could face up to 10 years in prison.

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