PARIS (AP) -- A French court has acquitted two Opus Dei followers and an association closely linked to the conservative Catholic group of charges they forced a disciple to work.
The trial was based on a complaint by a woman who claims she worked for more than a decade for little or no pay as a "numerary assistant" at a hotel school linked to Opus Dei. Her lawyer says she's appealing the ruling.
Defense lawyers had portrayed the case as one about labor law. But the trial drew attention to practices of the secretive group, portrayed in Dan Brown's best-seller "The Da Vinci Code" as a murderous, power-hungry sect. The group vigorously protests this view.
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