The Belle Jar- Union Station
Mar 5, 2014
Nadja Benaissa, born April 26, 1982, found fame as a member of No Angels, the German version of The Spice Girls. The band formed in 2001, producing popular hits like “Daylight In Your Eyes” and “Still In Love With You.”
After No Angels broke up in 2003, Benaissa began her solo career, focusing on songs with German lyrics instead of English. She released her debut, Schritt für Schritt, in 2006. In her album, Benaissa ventured away from the Pop genre, delving into R&B and Soul instead.
No Angels picked up again in 2008. The next couple of years changed Benaissa’s life and her reputation.
After years of drug abuse and alcoholism, doctors diagnosed Benaissa with HIV in 1999 during a pregnancy test. She gave birth to her HIV-free daughter, Leila.
In August of 2010, Benaissa sat in a courtroom, facing charges for failure to disclose her HIV status to several sexual partners before intercourse. She transmitted the virus to one of her partners after they had unprotected sex.
German law states one who fails to disclose he/she has HIV to a partner before sex can serve six months to 10 years in prison. If the victim dies during imprisonment, the sentence can extend from 10 years to life in prison.
Judges found Benaissa guilty of grievous bodily harm and attempted bodily harm. She received a suspended sentence.
Benaissa left No Angels for good after the trial and released a biography, Alles wird gut, written by Tinka Dippel.