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An Unlikely Sex Scandal, Revealed by His Wife's iPhone

'GQ' digs into the travails of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley

(Newser) - Sex scandals are nothing new to politics, but GQ digs in to one more unusual than most that rocked Alabama politics earlier this year. It involves the state's grandfatherly 73-year-old governor, Robert Bentley, and his relationship with Rebekeh Mason, an aide 30 years his junior. Bentley remains in office,... More »

Lawmakers Caught in Affair May Sue State

They claim there was a conspiracy to force them from office

(Newser) - Todd Courser, the Michigan lawmaker who thought starting a smear campaign against himself was a good way to cover up his affair with fellow lawmaker Cindy Gamrat, now apparently thinks he has grounds to sue the state for forcing him out of office. Courser and Gamrat have filed an "... More »

Hastert's Sex-Abuse Accusers Have Quadrupled

But statute of limitations is expired

(Newser) - The allegation that former House Speaker Dennis Hastert sexually abused a teenage boy as an Illinois high school teacher and wrestling coach is apparently just the tip of the iceberg. Three others have also accused Hastert of sexual abuse, including two males identified by the Chicago Tribune , one of whom... More »

As Sex Scandal Deepens, Ala. Gov Insists He'll Stay

Aide involved in alleged affair steps down

(Newser) - A top political aide to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigned Wednesday—a week after he publicly admitted making inappropriate remarks to her but denied the two ever had an affair. The resignation of senior political adviser Rebekah Mason capped an explosive eight days in state politics that rocked the administration... More »

NJ Cop Says Sex on Duty Shouldn't Have Led to Firing

Fernando Sanchez lost his job, wants it back

(Newser) - "I honestly don't think so." That's the no-so-honest answer a former New Jersey police officer gave to Union County prosecutors who asked him if he had sex in his police car while on the job. Fernando Sanchez ultimately reversed that line and admitted to having sex... More »

School Sex Scandal Is One for the Ages

Three-way affair at Stanford University gets very messy

(Newser) - A love triangle at the Stanford Graduate School of Business has forced the school's dean to resign and led to an ugly battle between all involved, Vanity Fair reports. James Phills and Deborah Gruenfeld were professors there three years ago, locked in an estranged marriage, when Phills learned she... More »

Dennis Hastert to Plead Guilty; Jail Is Unclear

But former House speaker will avoid an embarrassing trial

(Newser) - Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has agreed to plead guilty in a convoluted case that involved allegations he sexually abused a student as a high school wrestling coach, reports the Chicago Tribune . The guilty plea means Hastert will avoid a potentially embarrassing trial, though it remains unclear whether he will... More »

Lawmaker Accused of Concocting Gay-Sex Scandal to Hide Affair

2 Michigan state representatives are under investigation in strange case

(Newser) - Michigan has a bizarre political sex scandal on its hands. It seems that two conservative state lawmakers, Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat, were having an affair, and they were worried it was about to go public, reports the Detroit News . Simple enough. And then the bizarre part: In recordings obtained... More »

Teacher Marries Student He Allegedly Spent Night With

Photo and 'Happily Married' caption posted on social media

(Newser) - Former Alabama math teacher Matthew Shane Wester—accused of having sexual contact with student Amy Nicole Cox—married the teen over the weekend. Wester, 37, and Cox, 18, got hitched just weeks after she graduated high school. Cox was still 17 years old when she had an inappropriate relationship with... More »

College's Hastert Center Has a New Name

Wheaton College steps away from scandal-plagued former speaker

(Newser) - The J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government, and Public Policy at Wheaton College has taken Hastert out of its name as the scandal surrounding the former House speaker continues to grow . Hastert, who graduated from the Illinois college in 1964, resigned from the conservative institution's board of advisers... More »

Feds: DEA Agents Went to Colombia Sex Parties

Report slams handling of sexual misconduct at multiple agencies

(Newser) - The DEA was pretty relaxed about allegations that its agents attended sex parties funded by drug cartels, according to a Justice Department report on sexual harassment and misconduct at federal agencies. The report says the parties—which an official tells the AP took place in Colombia—allegedly happened in government-leased... More »

Police Probe Radio Host in Sex Crime Case

Jian Ghomeshi claims he only engaged in 'consensual' BDSM

(Newser) - Former celebrity radio host Jian Ghomeshi is under investigation after three women told police that he had attacked and abused them sexually, the Toronto Star reports. Investigators are also looking into videos that Ghomeshi showed his employers at the CBC that apparently reveal his BDSM behavior in the bedroom. Sources... More »

'British Weiner' Quits Over Paisley PJs Photo

'I have been a complete fool,' says Brooks Newmark

(Newser) - Britain's Conservative Party kicked off its annual conference with a healthy round of embarrassment: The party's minister for civil society has stepped down amid an Anthony Weiner-like sex scandal, reports the BBC . Brooks Newmark, who is married with five children, resigned from his post after it emerged that... More »

More Lewd Weiner Texts Emerge

Using the name 'Carlos Danger'

(Newser) - Because no one demanded it (well, OK, other than at least one 20-something on the Internet) there is allegedly a new picture online of Anthony Weiner's crotch. The gossip site The Dirty yesterday posted what it claims are filthy exchanges between an anonymous woman and the would-be mayor. The... More »

What Is Spitzer Thinking?

Comptroller run could heal bruised ego: experts

(Newser) - Eliot Spitzer is back on the political scene —just like Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner—and apparently tearing up over his past transgressions this morning on Morning Joe. Which makes Politico wonder: What makes these guys tick? The simple answer, from Washington insiders, is egomania. "The essential thing... More »

Eliot Spitzer Launches His Comeback

Client 9 to face old madam in 'funnest' run for NYC comptroller

(Newser) - Five years after a prostitution scandal forced him out of office , Eliot Spitzer is ready to face voters again—and, just like Anthony Weiner, he's chosen New York City for his political comeback. The former governor is running for city comptroller and says, "I'm hopeful there will... More »

Socialite Sues FBI, Pentagon in Petraeus Scandal

Jill Kelley says officials deliberately leaked false info

(Newser) - The Florida socialite whose complaints about threatening emails ended up exposing David Petraeus' affair with his biographer is suing the FBI and the Department of Defense for leaking her name—and "false and defamatory" information about her. Jill Kelley's lawsuit says she and her husband were dragged into... More »

Yet Another BBC Host Cops to Sex Abuse

Stuart Hall, 83, admits to assaulting 13 victims

(Newser) - BBC idols continue to tumble in a continuing sex abuse investigation that's forcing the broadcaster to report on itself . The latest disgraced icon: Radio personality Stuart Hall, 83, who has admitted to 14 charges of indecent assault against girls. The youngest of his 13 victims was just nine years... More »

Scandal Didn't Break Weiner; It Made Him

Michael Wolff doesn't think anyone else has the savvy to replace Bloomberg

(Newser) - Believe it or not, a guy who showed off his bulging manhood on Twitter is destined to become mayor of New York City. Or at least, that's the bet Michael Wolff is making. The rest of the field vying to replace the "irreplaceable" Michael Bloomberg is made up... More »

British Sex Abuse Probe Snares Another TV Legend

Rolf Harris, 83, suspected of 'sexual offenses'

(Newser) - A sex-scandal probe has led to the arrest of another legend of British television. British police last year launched Operation Yewtree following allegations against the late Jimmy Savile, who has since been called one of Britain's biggest-ever sex predators. Now, it's Australian-born Rolf Harris, 83, who's suspected... More »

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