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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 »

In Scandal, Miss Delaware Teen USA Gives Up Crown

Sex video surfaces, but Melissa King says it's not her

(Newser) - One way to lose your Miss Delaware Teen USA crown: star in a sex video. Melissa King is not admitting she did just that, but she has given up her crown after questions about an online sex video were raised. A porn website posted the video, which it claims stars... More »

Naughty Strawberry Photo Gets Mayor in Trouble

South African mayor investigated over randy texts to deputy

(Newser) - Police are investigating a South African mayor over allegations that he sent pornographic images to his deputy—including one of his penis covered in cream (whipped, we assume) and topped with a strawberry, the Independent reports. Cederberg municipality mayor Jonas White also allegedly offered to take deputy Lorna Scheepers on... More »

Sanford Talks Mistress Scandal in New Ad, Sort Of

Says he's learned about 'God of second chances'

(Newser) - Mark Sanford doesn't shy away from the Argentina-mistress scandal that abruptly ended his tenure as governor of South Carolina in his first television ad for the 1st District congressional race . After pointing out that he has a history of fighting government spending, he says he recently "experienced how... More »

Lawyer Bills Client for Sex

Minnesota man suspended after affair comes to light

(Newser) - Legal tip of the day: If you feel the urge to have sex with your lawyer, make sure you're off the clock first. Otherwise, you might find out that your lawyer is like this one in Minnesota—suspended after having an affair with a client and billing her for... More »

Accuser No. 4 Emerges in 'Elmo' Sex Scandal

Latest 'John Doe' files lawsuit against Kevin Clash

(Newser) - The "Elmo" sex scandal shows no signs of going away: Kevin Clash, the former puppeteer of the popular Sesame Street character, has been hit with yet another lawsuit alleging he had sexual relations with a minor. Accuser No. 4, so far not identified, claims he met Clash when he... More »

David Petraeus: 'I Screwed Up Royally'

Ex-CIA head's wife is sticking by him, letter to friend reveals

(Newser) - Holly Petraeus is standing by her man, despite the sex scandal that booted him from Langley, a letter from David Petraeus to longtime Army buddy Brig. Gen. James Shelton reveals. "I screwed up royally," reads the handwritten letter, which Shelton apparently chose to share with the New York ... More »

Kevin Clash: Much More Than Just the Voice of Elmo

Puppeteer handled a lot more than just the puppet for 'Sesame Street'

(Newser) - With Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash gone amid underage sex accusations, an intimate Sesame Street family has a gaping hole to fill. Clash didn't just voice the little red puppet: The multiple Emmy Award winner was the show's "Muppet leader," helped fix technical issues, traveled far and... More »

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