Norwegian ‘Paradise Hotel’ season removed: Participant known guilty of rape of a minor

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A Norwegian season of the popular reality show ‘Paradise Hotel’ is now being removed from Viaplay’s streaming services.

It happens as a result of a former participant from that season having been found guilty of raping a minor girl.

It writes NRK, who can also report that the convicted reality celebrity is Markus Nikolai Grønborg, who won the program’s season 14, which was broadcast in the summer of 2021.

The now 23-year-old Norwegian has been sentenced to four years and five months in prison for the rape that took place in July 2019 against a then 14-year-old girl.

In addition to the prison sentence, Markus Nikolai Grønborg must pay 170,000 Norwegian kroner in compensation to his victim, who according to the verdict also hit him in the face at least twice along the way.

The reality star has always denied guilt in the case, and his defense lawyer, Tor Haug, states that they will therefore appeal the ruling.

“My client sticks to what he has been claiming all along. He has not had any kind of sexual interaction with the victim, “says the lawyer.

The case has continuously attracted a lot of attention in Norway because Markus Nikolai Grønborg was already charged with rape when he appeared in ‘Paradise Hotel’.

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According to the production, however, it was because Markus Nikolai Grønborg lied to them during the casting. Something that the reality participant has subsequently admitted.

“I knew I had done nothing, so I lied because I wanted to be known and live life,” he said. The online newspaper i december 2021.

The Nordic program director for NENT, Kenneth Kristensen, confirms to NRK that Viaplay will remove the season in question from ‘Paradise Hotel’ in the wake of the verdict.

“As the case concerns circumstances that occurred before the person was a participant in one of our reality productions, we have no comments on the verdict itself, apart from the fact that we are deeply shaken by what has emerged in court,” he says. .

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