German model fined for false rape allegations

  • 23/08/2016
German model Gina-Lisa Lohfink at the court in Berlin (Reuters)
German model Gina-Lisa Lohfink at the court in Berlin (Reuters)

False rape allegations against two men have led to a conviction and €20,000 (NZ$31,000) fine for German model Gina-Lisa Lohfink.

She was sentenced by a Berlin court which found she had consensually had sex with the two men, and had "lied and deliberately misled investigators".

In 2012 a video emerged online showing Lohfink having sex with the two men. In the video she was heard saying "no".

Lohfink, a German celebrity and star of Germany's Next Top Model TV show, insisted the event was rape and the men were put on trial. They were eventually cleared, and Lohfink was charged with making false testimony.

The case has been covered extensively by German media and sparked debate across the country about what constitutes rape.

In July, a new law was passed establishing that "no means no", even if fighting back or physical resistance is not clearly evident.

Lohfink's defence, lawyer Burkhard Benecken, said the verdict was a scandal and he was now concerned for all women wanting to report a rape.