STOCKHOLM — A Swedish prosecutor brought rape charges Tuesday against Jean-Claude Arnault, the man at the center of a scandal that shook international cultural circles and led to the cancellation of this year’s Nobel Prize in literature.
Arnault, 71, has long been a cultural gatekeeper in Sweden and beyond — a French photographer who ran Forum, a prominent cultural center in Stockholm that received financial support from the Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Prizes. He is married to one academy member and is close to others.
A number of women have accused him of using his sway in the arts world, including his connections to the academy, to pressure young women in the arts into sex and have said that some offenses took place at academy-owned apartments in Stockholm and Paris.
On Tuesday, the senior public prosecutor Christina Voigt charged Arnault with two counts of rape, both involving the same woman, in relation to incidents in 2011.