PARIS (AP) — Rape accusations have abruptly transformed the image of renowned, outspoken Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, who went from being an Oxford professor to being stuck in a French jail with no clear exit date in sight.

A French judge decided on Tuesday to keep Ramadan in detention, four days after he was handed preliminary rape charges following allegations by two women who sought his counsel.

The charges, compounded by French press reports featuring claims of violent and perverse sexual acts, have jolted the well-groomed reputation of an intellectual who is admired throughout Europe and beyond, above all among Muslims.

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