Anna Odell
Arts Scandal

"Psychotic" Arts Student Found Guilty

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 final exams and Anna Odell defended her actions by claiming it was  freedom of expression - causing an outrage in the Swedish media. The 35-year-old former student also stated she wanted to start a public debate over how badly some patients are being treated in Swedish mental institutions.

The court fined Odell 2,500 Swedish kronor ($US 340)  

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