Jean-Claude Arnault arrives at the district court for the start of court proceedings in Stockholm. Arnault is at the centre of a sex-abuse and financial crimes scandal that has tarnished the academy and forced it to take a year off in choosing who should get the prestigious literature prize. Picture: Fredrik Sandberg/TT News Agency via AP

Copenhagen, Denmark - The man at the centre of a sex-abuse and financial crimes scandal that is tarnishing the academy that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature, has been found guilty and given a two-year jail sentence for a rape in 2011.

Jean-Claude Arnault, a major cultural figure in Sweden, faced two counts of rape of a woman seven years ago.

Stockholm District Court said Monday that the ruling was unanimous.

Prosecutor Christina Voigt had demanded three years in prison for Arnault who is married to a Swedish Academy member.

He had denied the charges, which have rocked the prestigious academy with seven members either being forced to leave or quitting in April. A total of 18 women have levelled sexual misconduct allegations against Arnault.

In May, the academy announced that no prize would be awarded this year.

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