His accusers, however, expressed some satisfaction at the sentence.
“I would have liked for them to give him more years. But I'm satisfied by the sentence obviously,” Ariell Carolina, one of Aldana's accusers, told reporters. “It is a number of years and it feels like a precedent for cases of sexual abuse against the young and gender violence.”
Aldana has called his trial a “persecution” and reportedly lost 20 kilogrammes after undertaking a hunger strike behind bars. The now-convicted rock star has blamed his trial on a “deranged feminist war,” comparing his imprisonment to the treatment of prisoners during Argentina's last 1976-1983 military dictatorship, according to Clarín.
Lawyers for the victims had previously requested Aldana be sentenced to 40 years in prison.