Berlin: Germany`s best-known television
weatherman was charged on Wednesday with aggravated rape and grievous
bodily harm for an alleged attack on his girlfriend,
Joerg Kachelmann, a Swiss presenter beloved throughout
the German-speaking world for his rollicking weather reports
on public broadcaster ARD, stands accused of sexually
assaulting his partner at knife-point.
The alleged victim, 36, had just ended her long-term
relationship with the 51-year-old Kachelmann when he turned
violent, the state prosecutor`s office in the southwestern
city of Mannheim said in a statement.
Authorities say Kachelmann attacked the woman in her
apartment in February and held a kitchen knife with an
eight-centimetre blade so firmly to her throat that she
"He also threatened during and after the rape to kill
her," according to the statement.
Prosecutors said they discovered DNA traces from
Kachelmann and the victim on the knife and bruises on the
A court must now decide if Kachelmann should be held in
investigative custody until his case goes to trial. If
convicted, he could face between five and 10 years in prison,
a longer possible sentence than initially announced.
The weatherman has dismissed the case against him, which
has been front-page news in Germany, as "baseless" and "a
The burly Kachelmann with his lilting accent has been a
fixture on ARD newscasts since 2002 and has a major following
for his fanciful descriptions of precipitation, clouds and the