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Swiss reality TV star ‘uncovers fraud network’

Nabilla Benattia may not yet be considered “interesting” enough to be listed on Wikipedia but her latest role in an international fraud case may earn her a place in legal history.

Swiss reality TV star 'uncovers fraud network'
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It turns out the 20-year-old Swiss-born model-turned-reality TV star has played a crucial role in the toppling of a notorious fraud network known as the “Zaire Connection” when she testified against them, Swiss daily Le Matin reported on Thursday.

The African network – in which Benattia herself played a part – embezzled 300,000 francs and pocketed more than 100,000 francs between 2008 and 2009.

Last month, French magazine VSD was the bearer of the shocking revelation that Benattia, then 17, had spent a month in juvenile detention in 2009 for her role in the network’s criminal activity.

As part of the network's fraudulent activities, which involved "stealing payment orders from individual mailboxes, editing them and sending them back to the banks”, she had opened three accounts under the name Chantal N., with the aid of a stolen Swiss passport.

On Tuesday it was reported that the reality TV star, known as the "Gallic Kim Kardashian",  was denied her own Wikipedia page in French on the grounds that she was “not interesting enough” and that her celebrity status was “more buzz than of encyclopaedic interest”.

(A Wikipedia page has subsequently emerged in English).

Benattia, a native of Geneva who now lives in France, shot to fame in April when she appeared on the French reality TV programme 'The Angels of Reality TV'.

Her on-camera reflections in the show's 'confession room' about her fellow contestant's failure to pack shampoo later went viral on the internet.

Since then, nude videos of Benattia have surfaced on the internet, along with before-and-after photos of the model, who admits to having undergone surgery to enlarge her breasts.

She has denied having other surgery to boost her buttock appeal and realign her nose, although Swiss media have reported former associates of hers who claim otherwise.

Benattia, who recently posed in skimpy outfits for her own calendar, seems determined to make the most of her fame, with an avowed goal to have her own reality TV show.

PHOTO GALLERY: Click here for a gallery of the model turned reality TV star.

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Norwegian reality show introduces sexual consent rule for contestants

The latest series of Paradise Hotel in Norway has introduced an on-screen consent requirement for contestants planning on having sexual contact following allegations of abuse on the Swedish version of the show.

Norwegian reality show introduces sexual consent rule for contestants
The show has introduced on-screen consent requirements. Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

Contestants in the latest series of Paradise Hotel, which aired on Monday night, will require contestants to demonstrate on-screen with a thumbs up to the camera that they consent to any sexual activity.

“We were told from day one that if we were to have sex, we had to consent with a thumbs up to the camera from both parties,” Stian Trulsen, a contestant on the hit reality series, told newspaper VG

Earlier this year, it was alleged that a male contestant abused two female participants on the Swedish edition of the show. Swedish prosecuting authorities are investigating the alleged abuse. 

Christian Meinseth, program manager for production company Nent which makes the show, said the new rules weren’t directly introduced because of what happened on the Swedish programme. 

“No, but we have, of course, worked with the series and looked at our practices around the format, so we ensure that Paradise Hotel is both a good watch and fun to be a participant in,” Meinseth told VG. 

“We are very concerned about the participants’ safety, and we have not had any challenges around the new rules,” Meinseth added. 

The program manager added that the production company wanted the show to reflect a more modern approach to sex. 

“At the same time, we are also careful to monitor language use and how the participants describe each other. Everyone should show respect for each other, and there will be more focus on the game itself. Viewers can look forward to an exciting and entertaining season,” he said. 

The 15th season of the show, which has been on Norwegian tv screens since 2009, will also include a “paradise talents” week where there is a focus on inner values as part of several on-screen and off-screen measures to try and promote more healthy sexual relationships.

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