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Ex-Husband: Judy Garland Was Groped by Munchkins on Oz Set

'They thought they could get away with anything because they were so small'

(Newser) - Judy Garland's third husband has a posthumous memoir out, and parts of it will be very uncomfortable reading for Wizard of Oz fans. In Judy and I: My Life With Judy Garland, Sid Luft claims that the 16-year-old Garland was groped by Munchkins on set, People reports. "They... More »

Lawyer: Clarence Thomas Groped Me at Party

Moira Smith says she felt 'powerless' after 1999 incident

(Newser) - Another accuser says she decided to come forward because of Donald Trump's remarks about woman—but she's accusing Clarence Thomas, not Trump, of groping her. Alaska lawyer Moira Smith says she was a 23-year-old Truman Foundation scholar in Washington when the Supreme Court justice touched her inappropriately at... More »

Newt Gingrich Blows Up at Megyn Kelly

'You are fascinated with sex'

(Newser) - Megyn Kelly tried to ask Newt Gingrich about the Donald Trump groping allegations Tuesday night—but she didn't get further than the words "If Trump is a sexual predator ..." before Gingrich blew up. "He's not a sexual predator!" Gingrich told the Fox host, per... More »

10th Woman Accuses Trump of Groping

Karena Virginia says he touched her breast after 1998 US Open

(Newser) - Another woman has come forward to accuse Donald Trump of inappropriately touching her—and to then be called a liar by the Trump campaign. Karena Virginia, a yoga instructor and life coach, appeared with attorney Gloria Allred at a press conference in New York Thursday, where she accused Trump of... More »

Allegations Against Trump Begin to Snowball

Women come forward, and media outlets pounce

(Newser) - Sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump started to snowball Wednesday, with four women coming forward to say he had groped or forced himself on them—and teen beauty pageant contestants accusing him of what they call creepy behavior. Former Miss Vermont Teen USA Mariah Billado is one of several contestants... More »

Flier Charged With Groping Sleeping Woman

Veerabhadrarao Kunam accused of in-air sexual abuse on Virgin America flight

(Newser) - A woman who dozed off during an overnight flight Saturday from Los Angeles to Newark says she woke to the stranger next to her touching her inappropriately, the Record reports. Per the criminal complaint described in a Justice Department release : The woman awoke on her Virgin America flight to find... More »

'Trapped' Teen Groped by Man on Flight: Complaint

Victim's attorney says unaccompanied minor went through '30 minutes of hell' on American flight

(Newser) - A 13-year-old girl traveling Wednesday as an unaccompanied minor from Dallas to Portland says she spent the first part of her flight "frightened and trapped" and the remainder of it too scared to even use the bathroom after a 26-year-old Oregon man seated next to her allegedly groped her,... More »

Taylor Swift: Radio Host Assaulted Me

She files countersuit against former Denver DJ

(Newser) - Taylor Swift alleges a former radio DJ "lifted her skirt and groped her" during a backstage meet-and-greet and hopes a jury trial will set the record straight. The DJ—variously identified as David or Richard Mueller—sued Swift last month, alleging he lost his $150,000 job at KYGO... More »

S. Korean Official Allegedly Groped DC Woman

Spokesman Yoon Chang-jung fired

(Newser) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye abruptly fired her spokesman, Yoon Chang-jung, today, after the 56-year-old was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a DC hotel on Tuesday. In an incident that casts a sour note on Park's otherwise successful trip to Washington , police said they were investigating a... More »

Egyptian Vigilantes Target, Shame Sex Harassers

Groups seek to protect women, force cops to act

(Newser) - Vigilante groups have sprung up in Egypt to combat the country's chronic sexual harassment problem. Women have long faced catcalls, groping, and assaults on Egypt's streets and police tended to ignore the problem during the years of authoritarian rule, the New York Times reports. The citizens' groups that... More »

Pelosi Informed of Massa Concerns Months Ago

It's not clear if Speaker acted on 'gay cruising' concerns

(Newser) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was informed of concerns that NY Rep. Eric Massa was cruising congressional male staffers 5 months ago. Massa's top aide called Pelosi's office last October to report his worries about the congressman's practice of spending time with young gay staffers that had nothing to do with... More »

NYC Targets Subway Gropers

Officials want offenders' photos on 'wall on shame'

(Newser) - Sexual harassment is on the rise in the New York City subway system and city officials are cracking down on gropers and flashers. Sexual harassment is the "No. 1 quality of life offense on the subway," the chief of the NYPD's Transit Bureau told a hearing yesterday. The... More »

Japan Cops Get Tough on Subway Gropers

Tokyo launches 'groping prevention week'

(Newser) - Japan has dispatched undercover police officers across Tokyo's commuter rail system to make sure men with wandering hands feel the strong arm of the law, the Guardian reports. Sexual harassment has long been a problem for Tokyo's subway, with two-thirds of young women saying they have been inappropriately touched while... More »

Subway Groper Nabbed After Victim Snaps Cell Phone Pic

(Newser) - A cell phone photo of a groper on a New York City subway snapped by his victim helped nab him two days later, according to police. He harassed a woman again yesterday and she recognized his picture from news reports and called 911, reports the New York Daily News. Turns... More »

Egyptian Man Gets Hard Labor for Groping

Landmark case eggs Cairo women to report rampant teasing

(Newser) - Women face rampant harassment on Cairo's streets—83% of Egyptians and 98% of foreigners say they've been groped, hassled, or assaulted—but the 3% who go to the cops are usually met with indifference. A landmark case in which a man got 3 years of hard labor for reaching out... More »

Phones Goose Transit Gropers

Let your phone do the talking

(Newser) - Commuters tired of being groped on Japan's crowded trains are fighting back with their cell phones. The popular application flashes increasingly angry messages on the phone's screen for the offending feeler-upper. Messages range from "Excuse me, did you just grope me?" to "Shall we head to the police?"... More »

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