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Sexual Assaults Weigh Heavy on Cologne's Carnival

22 complaints of sexual assault on 1st day of weeklong celebration

(Newser) - Police received 22 sexual assault complaints Thursday during the first night of Carnival in Cologne, Germany, the BBC reports. According to the AP , that's twice what was reported on the first day of last year's celebration and comes only a month after 1,000 or so "drunk... More »

DA Rails Against Ex-DA's 'Secret Agreement' With Cosby

Cosby is back in court trying to get sex assault charges dropped

(Newser) - The prosecutor in the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby argued Wednesday that his predecessor had no legal authority to make a deal a decade ago that would shield the comedian from ever facing charges. District Attorney Kevin Steele said that the 2005 supposed no-prosecution deal—which was never put... More »

Bill Cosby Is Trying to Get Sexual Assault Case Tossed

Former DA is called to the stand in Tuesday's hearing

(Newser) - Bill Cosby is in court in Pennsylvania attempting to get the sexual assault case against him tossed. According to the 78-year-old's defense team, when Cosby was first accused of drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, he made an immunity deal with then-District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. in... More »

Publicist Faces Claims of Sexual Misconduct From Female Musicians

'Dudes overlook it and keep hiring him'

(Newser) - The CEO of a PR firm representing many popular musicians—including Of Montreal, Killer Mike, GZA, and D'Angelo—has stepped down amid allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual assault from numerous women. New York Magazine reports the allegations against Heathcliff Berru of Life and Death PR started earlier this... More »

ER Patient: Mount Sinai Doctor Drugged, Molested Me

2nd woman has also come forward saying David Newman groped her

(Newser) - A renowned "TED-talker" and ER doctor at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital who served in Iraq and who advocates for improved doctor-patient relationships was arrested Tuesday and charged with sexually abusing two patients, the New York Times reports. David H. Newman, said to be in his 40s... More »

18 Asylum Seekers Accused in German Sex Attacks

Police chief in Cologne is fired

(Newser) - Eighteen of 31 suspects identified in the New Year’s Eve assaults on women in Cologne, Germany, are asylum seekers, authorities revealed Friday, the same day the city's police chief was removed from his post, per CNN . Some 170 criminal complaints have been filed in Cologne, including at least... More »

Mass Sexual Assaults on Women Shock German City

Hundreds of men led apprently coordinated attacks on women on New Year's Eve

(Newser) - In a series of attacks German officials are calling "monstrous" and "abhorrent," approximately 1,000 "drunk and aggressive" men sexually assaulted and robbed scores of women on New Year's Eve in Cologne, the BBC reports. "The men surrounded us and started to grab our... More »

Bill Cosby Faces 10 Years in Prison

Cosby was arraigned Wednesday

(Newser) - Bill Cosby showed up to a district court outside Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon and was arraigned on a sexual assault charge, the AP reports. He was fingerprinted and then released on $1 million bail pending trial, with the next court hearing set for Jan. 14. A sampling of the coverage swirling... More »

911 Dispatcher Pretends to Be Victim's Boyfriend

He 'might have saved her life,' officer says

(Newser) - A Georgia woman was assaulted early Monday, and the alleged attacker told her to call her boyfriend to make him listen—but instead, the woman called 911. Deonte Smith, the dispatcher who answered, noticed that the woman was pretending to be talking to her boyfriend, so he played along. It... More »

Cosby Charged With Felony Sexual Assault

In 2004 case of Andrea Constand

(Newser) - Two weeks ago Bill Cosby tried to wrest back control of the sexual assault allegations against him by filing lawsuits against seven of his accusers. Now he's back on the defensive after a Pennsylvania prosecutor announced that the entertainer would be charged for a 2004 incident, the AP reports.... More »

Okla. Cop's Rape Victims Want Civil Suit

7 of 13 victims suing Daniel Holtzclaw, Oklahoma City in class-action suit

(Newser) - Attorneys for several women who accused former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw of sexual assault asked a federal judge on Monday to allow a civil case to move forward now that a jury found him guilty of rape and other charges. Attorneys for the women filed an application to... More »

Cosby Hits Back, Sues 7 Accusers

Accuses them of financial damages by making NBC, Netflix back away

(Newser) - With the number of women accusing Bill Cosby of sex assault already topping 50, the comedian is hitting back, at least against seven of them: As Deadline reports, Cosby is countersuing Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, and Angela Leslie, alleging that by "... More »

DNA Clears Man in Prison for 16 Years for Rape

'Shaky witness' testimony erroneously landed Luis Vargas in jail in 1999

(Newser) - A California man imprisoned for 16 years for sexual assault was exonerated Monday after DNA tests showed another man committed the crimes, USA Today reports. Luis Vargas, 46, broke down when an LA Superior Court judge granted a petition to release him from his sentence of 55 years to life... More »

Bloomingdale's Bashed for Holiday 'Date Rape' Ad

The overwhelming response to the ad has been 'creepy'

(Newser) - "Bloomingdale's must be pleased everyone is too distracted by red cups to notice its pro-roofie holiday ad," tweets one Washington Post writer. That's right, another company has found itself in some holiday hot water this week. The Wall Street Journal reports the Internet is in an... More »

Woman Jailed After Pretending to Be Man for Sex With Pal

Gayle Newland gets 8 years for sexual assault

(Newser) - A British woman who pretended to be a man to have sex with a female friend has been sentenced to eight years in prison for sexual assault. Prosecutors say 25-year-old Gayle Newland went to great lengths to create a male persona, setting up a Facebook account in the name "... More »

1K Cops in 6 Years Lost Badges for Sex Misconduct

AP investigation highlights a system rife with underreporting

(Newser) - In a yearlong investigation it calls "jolting," the AP takes a look at instances of sexual misconduct among the nation's law enforcement and finds at least 1,000 police officers who lost their badges over a period of six years for offenses ranging from rape and sex... More »

Prep School Sex Convict Gets a Year in Jail

Owen Labrie also ordered to serve probation

(Newser) - The graduate of an elite New Hampshire prep school has been sentenced to a year in county jail for sexually assaulting an underage classmate as part of a game of sexual conquest on the campus. A judge on Thursday also ordered 20-year-old Owen Labrie to serve probation. Labrie, of Tunbridge,... More »

2 Teens Arrested for Raping Toddler in India's Capital

In separate incident, 3 men are arrested for gang-rape of 5-year-old

(Newser) - Police arrested two teenagers Sunday for allegedly raping a toddler in New Delhi, the latest incident of sexual violence against a young child in the Indian capital. Police said they questioned more than 250 residents of the western Delhi neighborhood where the 2 1/2-year-old girl was raped and left bleeding... More »

Babysitter Who Had Sex With 11-Year-Old Boy Avoids Jail

Judge says her immaturity and boy's maturity 'narrows the arithmetic age gap'

(Newser) - A 21-year-old UK babysitter who admits to having sexual intercourse last November with the 11-year-old boy in her care has been spared a prison term in a controversial court ruling, reports the Guardian . Jade Hatt, who admitted to police that she straddled the boy, took off her clothes and then... More »

New Cosby Accuser Alleges He Stole Her Underwear

Another says she was drugged, woke up with 'naked people' nearby

(Newser) - Bill Cosby has three new accusers to add to the growing list of more than 40. In a Wednesday news conference with lawyer Gloria Allred, Sharon Van Ert said Cosby walked her to her car after she left a California jazz club in 1976, reports Reuters . She says she blacked... More »

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