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Arts Scandal

"Psychotic" Arts Student Found Guilty

Published måndag 31 augusti 2009 kl 13.59
Anna Odell

Stockholm district court has declared its verdict in what is considered one of the biggest Swedish arts scandals in years. Anna Odell, a former student of the University College of Arts, Craft and Design was found guilty of “unethical conduct” and violent resistance when she pretended to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge and then faked a psychosis at a mental institution where she acted violently toward staff.

Her action was part of her exam graduate and Anna Odell defended it with the freedom of art - causing an outrage in the Swedish media. The 35-year-old former student also stated she wanted to start a public debate over how patients are being treated in Swedish mental institution.

The court fined Odell with $US 340 whereas the hospital where Odell had been “treated” had claimed a compensation of nearly $US 1,700 for the medical costs her stay had caused. (ah)

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