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Pop star slept with and infected men, knowing that she had the aids virus

A German singer facing accusations that she infected a man with the virus that causes AIDS has acknowledged in court Monday that she had unprotected sex despite knowing she was HIV-positive.

Nadja Benaissa, 28, a member of German girl band No Angels, is charged with grievous bodily harm for allegedly infecting a partner with the virus in 2004 and also faces charges of attempted bodily harm for having unprotected sex with two other men.

"I am sorry from my heart," she said in a statement read by her lawyer to the Darmstadt administrative court on Monday. "No way did I want my partner to be infected."

The man who claims Benaissa infected him says they had a three-month relationship at the beginning of 2004, and that he got tested after Benaissa's aunt asked him in 2007 whether he was aware that the singer was HIV-positive.

In her statement, Benaissa told the court she became addicted to crack cocaine at 14 and that during her pregnancy at 16, she found out that she was HIV positive, the news agency ddp reported.

After winning a TV talent show, "Popstars," in 2000, she joined No Angels with four other young women and hid her illness from everyone for fear it would damage her career.

Of that time, the singer said in her statement, "I grew apart from everyone, even myself."

No Angels sold more than 5 million albums before breaking up in 2003.

Along with three other members from the original band, Benaissa helped reform the group in 2007. They performed to a disastrous result in the 2008 Eurovision song contest, coming in 23rd out of 25 contestants.

No Angels were heading into a concert in Frankfurt in April 2009, when Benaissa was taken into custody and kept for 10 days — a move that a German AIDS awareness group criticized as disproportionate. The Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe group argued that the question of whether her partners also carried a share of the responsibility had been neglected.

Five more sessions are scheduled in her trial. It is not clear if Benaissa will give any further testimony.

A verdict is expected Aug. 26. She could face several years in prison if found guilty, although her acknowledgment of wrongdoing is expected to result in a milder punishment.

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Comment by Ann-Marie Bridgeman on November 8, 2010 at 10:22am
Some men just have to be men!111 cannot control what's in their pants, they like famous pretty gals.Good Luck nasty boys.Now go spread the good news.
Comment by deborah rollerson on October 27, 2010 at 11:01pm
HA HA @ rassmass. Everyone knows this is the age of aids preventioni. Most paople are educated about the main cause of being infected
Comment by rassmass on October 15, 2010 at 4:15am
if they want to charge her for attempted murder they should charge him for attempted suicide
Comment by rosalie powell on August 22, 2010 at 1:04pm
she should pay for her actions sorry wont cut it she know she has the virus she should have use a condom.times is very serious now if u are going in a relationship with some one and they refuse to use a condom beware.i have been in situation where a guy told me he is healthy and when i ask him to go to the doctor with me he refuse so he just dont speak to me again because he thinks he dont need a condom as he is healthy.i wonder what he has to hide.
Comment by Latoya Buckley on August 21, 2010 at 7:57pm
She knowing slept with these men knowing she had the aids virus. Its not like she just found out and was in denial. she knew she had aids since she was 16, she is now 28 she is a murderer.
Comment by Jason Richards on August 19, 2010 at 7:00pm
This is the equivalent of murder by poisioning or with some other offensive apparatus. Truely dreadful and diabolical.
Comment by kevoy Bent on August 19, 2010 at 4:36pm
people like these do not have any sympathy for others....she has the heart of a lion
Comment by Big Shot... on August 19, 2010 at 5:55am
BURN B****, BURN! Watch some trifling b**** make an excuse for her despicable actions!
Comment by jlovey on August 19, 2010 at 1:02am
Thats what got her bit in the first place, no condom. Why miss up someone else life?
Comment by GGGIAN1 on August 18, 2010 at 4:28pm





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