Beautiful, 28-year-old pop princess, Nadja Banaissa, told a court in Germany that she was “sorry” for not telling her sexual partners that she was HIV positive. Although she was aware of her status, she claims she didn’t tell them because she ‘made a big mistake.’
The member of the pop group, No Angels, stood tearfully before a judge as she went on trial for causing grievous bodily harm to at least one man she infected. Although she denies intentionally infecting her victim, the mother of one faces six months to 10 years in prison.
Benaissa was arrested in April 2009 just as she was about to perform at a Frankfurt nightclub. She was held in custody for 10 days before being released.
“When I was arrested I realized that the way that I had dealt with the illness had been wrong … I made a big mistake,” her lawyer quoted her as saying in a statement read out to the court.
According to the charge sheet, she had unprotected sex on five occasions between 2000 and 2004 with three men and did not tell them she was infected.
One of them subsequently found out he also had the virus but it remains to be established whether it was having sex with Benaissa which infected him.
The man, whose name was not released and who is a plaintiff in the trial, told the court he had found out about Benaissa being HIV positive from her aunt and went to his doctor for a blood test straight away.