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Ex-Clerks Accuse Prominent Judge of Sexual Misconduct

They say Alex Kozinski of 9th Circuit Court of Appeals asked them to watch porn, made comments

(Newser) - Six women who served as clerks or junior staffers at the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals allege to the Washington Post that Judge Alex Kozinski subjected them to inappropriate sexual comments or conduct, including asking them to watch pornography in his chambers, the newspaper reported Friday. Heidi Bond, who... More »

Ex-Aide: Rep. Franks Offered $5M to Be Surrogate

Amid new allegations, Arizona lawmaker bumps resignation from January to Friday

(Newser) - A former aide says Rep. Trent Franks offered her $5 million to act as a surrogate for he and his wife, the AP reports. And according to Politico , sources say female staffers were unclear if the Arizona Republican was suggesting in vitro fertilization or actual intercourse when he made the... More »

Actress Calls Dustin Hoffman a 'Sexual Power Abuser'

New accusations of sexual harassment and assault against actor

(Newser) - "Along with the nightly sexual harassment, he eroded my confidence, my dignity," Kathryn Rossetter writes in the Hollywood Reporter . "He humiliated and demeaned me. He robbed me of my joy in the experience and he left dirty fingerprints on my soul." Rossetter is the most recent... More »

Spacey Accused of Groping Princess's Hubby

Ari Behn says misconduct occurred at 2007 Nobel Peace Prize concert

(Newser) - As co-host of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Kevin Spacey rubbed elbows with Norway's Princess Martha Louise and her husband, who was seated beside him. But Ari Behn says Spacey also rubbed something else. In an interview with Norwegian radio station P4 , Behn, 45—who was... More »

GOP Lawmaker Resigns Ahead of Sexual Misconduct Inquiry

Rep. Trent Franks says he discussed surrogacy with female employees

(Newser) - A conservative lawmaker from Arizona announced his resignation from the House on Thursday after the House Ethics Committee revealed it's investigating sexual harassment allegations against him, Politico reports. Rep. Trent Franks says the investigation is "regarding my discussion of surrogacy with two previous female subordinates" that made "... More »

Keillor Says MPR Made 'Enormous Mistake'

He wants 'full restoration of his reputation,' says lawyer

(Newser) - Garrison Keillor says Minnesota Public Radio was wrong to fire him last week without fully investigating what a senior executive has described as "multiple allegations" made against the former A Prairie Home Companion host by a single person. Jon McTaggart, CEO of MPR's parent company, American Public Media... More »

Report: Al Franken Will Resign

Not so fast, senator's office says

(Newser) - Fellow Democratic senators are calling for Sen. Al Franken to step down —and a Democratic official says he plans to do so. The official told Minnesota Public Radio on Wednesday that Franken, who has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women, plans to announce his resignation Thursday. MPR... More »

After Franken Accuser No. 7, Democrats Tell Him to Go

More than a dozen Democratic senators have called for Franken to step down

(Newser) - The heat is intensifying on Al Franken. After another woman, the seventh, came forward with allegations, Kirsten Gillibrand and other female Democratic senators called on him to resign Tuesday, reports the Washington Post . "While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it... More »

Conyers: 'I Am Retiring Today'

This after a new accusation from a woman who says he groped her in church

(Newser) - Despite numerous calls for him to do so, Rep. John Conyers won't resign—but he is retiring, and it looks like he's not waiting. "I'm in the process of putting my retirement plans together," he told Detroit radio host Mildred Gaddis in a call from... More »

John Oliver, Dustin Hoffman Spar on Sex Misconduct Claims

Heated conversation happened at anniversary screening of 'Wag the Dog'

(Newser) - As far as Dustin Hoffman is concerned, allegations about him sexually harassing a teen assistant on a movie set in the mid-'80s are a whole lot of nothing—but John Oliver made it into something Monday night. Oliver, host of HBO's Last Week Tonight, was moderating a 20th-anniversary... More »

PBS Names Replacement for Charlie Rose

Christiane Amanpour's CNN show will be repackaged

(Newser) - PBS is welcoming Christiane Amanpour, CNN's chief international correspondent, as an interim replacement for Charlie Rose, who was fired by both CBS and PBS last month after being accused of sexual harassment by multiple women. Amanpour on PBS—a repackaged version of the veteran journalist's show on CNN... More »

Duke University Takes Back Award From Charlie Rose

The famous alumnus is embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal

(Newser) - A Duke University journalism program has rescinded an award given to television host Charlie Rose in response to sexual harassment allegations, the AP reports. The DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy announced Monday that it was taking back the award given annually to outstanding journalists who graduated from Duke.... More »

A Prairie Home Companion Has Been Renamed

In light of the sexual harassment accusations against former host Garrison Keillor

(Newser) - A Prairie Home Companion is changing its name to Town Hall after an allegation of workplace misconduct was made against former host Garrison Keillor. The man who replaced Keillor as host of Prairie Home after Keillor retired last year announced the show's new name Saturday, the AP reports. Chris... More »

GOP Rep Used Public Funds to Settle Harassment Claim

Sources say Farenthold paid ex-communications director $84K

(Newser) - A Texas Republican paid $84,000 of taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim against him in 2015, NBC News reports. Lauren Greene says Rep. Blake Farenthold told a staffer he had "sexual fantasies" and "wet dreams" about her while she was working as his communications director.... More »

After Allegation, Geoffrey Rush Steps Down From Academy

Does so ahead of academy's annual televised awards in Sydney on Wednesday

(Newser) - Geoffrey Rush announced Saturday he's stepping down as president of Australia's screen industry academy, days after a theater company revealed it had received a complaint against the Oscar-winning actor of "inappropriate behavior." Rush has denied any such behavior at the Sydney Theatre Company. Media reports this... More »

Airline Accused of Ignoring Sexual Harassment of Passenger

Mark Zuckerberg's sister says she was 'disgusted and degraded'

(Newser) - Randi Zuckerberg, CEO of Zuckerberg Media and sister of Mark, was flying from Los Angeles to Mexico recently when she says the man seated next to her started rating the bodies of female passengers, talking to her about touching himself, and telling her "Millennial women just aren't willing... More »

Beastie Boy Sides With Women Accusing His Playwright Father

Israel Horovitz, 78, says he has a 'different memory' of some of the allegations

(Newser) - The father of one of the Beastie Boys is the latest to be caught up in a sexual misconduct scandal, and the Beastie says he stands with the accusers. Nine women have lobbed allegations of sexual abuse and "violations of trust" against playwright Israel Horovitz, and the New York ... More »

Angela Lansbury 'Devastated' by Backlash to Comments

She says she's 'a strong supporter of women's rights'

(Newser) - After Angela Lansbury said this week that women need to "sometimes take the blame" for sexual misconduct because they make themselves attractive to men, the backlash was fast and forceful. "It is a deeply unhelpful myth that rape and other forms of sexual violence are caused or '... More »

Russell Simmons Steps Down After Second 1991 Accusation

Jenny Lumet details alleged sexual assault in a Hollywood Reporter column

(Newser) - Jenny Lumet's Thursday guest column for the Hollywood Reporter starts with a timeline—one that ends with Def Jam Recordings' Russell Simmons stepping down from his companies. Simmons was on Nov. 19 accused of committing sexual assault in 1991 by model Keri Claussen Khalighi; he denied it days later... More »

John Conyers in Hospital for Stress

And Nancy Pelosi is now calling for congressman to resign

(Newser) - Amid a flurry of sexual misconduct allegations , Rep. John Conyers' office confirms that the 88-year-old was hospitalized overnight in Detroit, per WDIV . A political consultant who noted he spoke with Conyers' wife, Monica, early Thursday said the Michigan congressman is being treated for stress-related issues. "We want you to... More »

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