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Lawmaker Quits Election After Daughter's Claims

Republican Jim Knoblach is accused of touching her inappropriately for years

(Newser) - A Minnesota legislator ended his reelection bid Friday amid accusations he's been inappropriately touching his daughter for years. Republican state Rep. Jim Knoblach denies allegations by his daughter, Laura Knoblach, but MPR News reveals efforts in recent years to both probe and conceal the eight-term representative's alleged behavior.... More »

Grassley Adviser Quits Over Old Allegation

And other sex-harassment news around the dial, mostly about Kavanaugh

(Newser) - Until Friday, Garrett Ventry was helping senators respond to sexual-assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh—but now he has resigned after an old allegation against him came to light, NBC News reports. According to insiders, the communications adviser was fired from a 2017 job working for North Carolina House Majority Leader... More »

Kavanaugh Accuser Decides About Testifying

Christine Blasey Ford will testify, but wants to negotiate details

(Newser) - The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a decades-old sexual assault has accepted a Senate committee's request to tell her side next week but Christine Blasey Ford wants to resume negotiations over the exact terms of her appearance, her lawyers said Saturday, the AP reports. It was... More »

Ousted #MeToo Editor Has Someone to Blame

Ian Burama speaks up about leaving the New York Review of Books

(Newser) - The former editor-in-chief of the New York Review of Books—who abruptly left his post after running an essay by #MeToo villain Jian Ghomeshi—has given an interview with a Dutch publication blaming his downfall on Twitter and university publishers, the Guardian reports. "As editor of the New York ... More »

Man Who Attacked Woman Gets 'Breathtaking' Deal

Justin Schneider, 34, pleaded guilty to assaulting woman in Anchorage

(Newser) - An Alaska man ducked prison time Wednesday in a deal the presiding judge called "breathtaking." Justin Schneider, 34, pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman who says he strangled her unconscious and masturbated on her prone body, CNN reports. Charged with four felonies including assault and kidnapping, Schneider cut... More »

Fugitive 3D-Gun Advocate Is Busted Overseas

Cody Wilson arrested in Taiwan, faces charges he paid a 16-year-old girl for sex in Texas

(Newser) - A Texan who made his name as an activist for DIY guns has been arrested in Taiwan and will now face sex charges back in the US. Cody Wilson, who previously courted controversy by selling plans to make 3D-printed guns , was arrested in Taipei on Friday, reports Taiwan News . It... More »

GOP Congressman Makes 'Inappropriate' Joke About RBG, Lincoln

SC rep Ralph Norman's 'groping' humor isn't going over well

(Newser) - "Scattered nervous laughter" was the first response to a joke a GOP congressman made during an election debate in South Carolina on Thursday, notes Roll Call . But disgust and "condemnation" took over afterward toward what some called an "inappropriate" reference to sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court... More »

Calif. Surgeon, Girlfriend May Have Raped Hundreds

California prosecutors say they drugged victims

(Newser) - "We've all heard of a wolf in sheep's clothing," Orange County DA Tony Rackauckas told reporters Tuesday. "Well, a wolf can wear scrubs or doctor's clothing. Or a wolf can be a beautiful woman." Rackauckas announced that a prominent surgeon and his girlfriend... More »

Lawyers: Kavanaugh Accuser Has Received Death Threats

She wants an FBI investigation before she testifies

(Newser) - The woman who accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her doesn't want to relive the "traumatic and harrowing incident" until the FBI has carried out an investigation. Lawyers for Christina Blasey Ford released a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday saying an investigation... More »

Anita Hill Offers Advice to Senators

Have a neutral investigation done, and don't rush

(Newser) - The Senate Judiciary Committee has invited Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, to testify on Monday . Too soon, writes Anita Hill in the New York Times . In an op-ed offering senators advice on how to proceed from her unique perspective, Hill suggests that senators first employ a neutral,... More »

Kavanaugh Accuser Breaks Her Silence

Christine Ford says the Supreme Court nominee held her down and groped her in the 1980s

(Newser) - The writer of a letter that accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has come forward. Speaking to the Washington Post , Christine Blasey Ford said a "stumbling drunk" teenage Kavanaugh held her down and groped her as his classmate at the elite Georgetown Preparatory School looked on... More »

Early 'MeToo' Villain Tells His Tale, Sparks Backlash

Former radio host Jian Ghomeshi says he was 'probably a sexual bully'

(Newser) - "There are lots of guys more hated than me now. But I was the guy everyone hated first." So writes Jian Ghomeshi in the New York Review of Books about the sexual-assault scandal that ruined his career, the Guardian reports. In a 3,500-word essay, the former Canadian... More »

Terry Crews Gets 'Accountability' From Alleged Assaulter

Actor posts apology from agent Adam Venit after announcement of Venit stepping down from WME

(Newser) - Terry Crews long ago got his apology from the Hollywood agent he says groped him at a 2016 party. Now he's sharing Adam Venit's atonement letter, which Crews says he received in March, with the world. On Twitter Friday, Crews posted the full letter , in which Venit notes... More »

Woman: In High School, Kavanaugh Tried to Assault Me

Letter referred by Sen. Feinstein describes alleged attack from 1980s; judge denies it

(Newser) - Back in high school, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh allegedly held down a female student and tried to force himself on her sexually. That's the undisclosed "information" Sen. Dianne Feinstein passed on to the FBI this week without divulging any significant details, per the New Yorker . According to... More »

Asia Argento: Let's Talk About 'Phase 2' of #MeToo

Actress's lawyer says it was Jimmy Bennett who sexually assaulted his client, not other way around

(Newser) - Asia Argento has already strongly denied the story of Jimmy Bennett, the man who says she sexually abused him when he was a teen—and now she says Bennett was the abuser, not the victim. Mark Jay Heller, the #MeToo advocate's lawyer, tells TMZ it was Bennett who sexually... More »

CNN Yanks Argento Episodes of Anthony Bourdain Show

Network says it's 'in light of recent news reports'

(Newser) - CNN has removed episodes of Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown involving Asia Argento, the girlfriend the late chef met on the show. The network says the episodes—two filmed in her native Italy, which she appeared in, and one from Hong Kong, which she directed—were pulled from the CNN... More »

Plane Passenger Awoke to Find Man's Hand in Her Pants

2 men charged in separate sex assaults on planes

(Newser) - "Planes are not a law-free zone," US Attorney for the Western District of Washington Annette Hayes said Thursday, announcing charges against two men accused of "disturbing" sexual assaults aboard airplanes bound for Seattle. In the first case, 41-year-old Babak Rezapour of California is accused of groping a... More »

Now LA Cops Are Investigating Asia Argento

Police want to talk to Jimmy Bennett after he said he had sex with the Italian actress when he was 17

(Newser) - Authorities said Monday they're now looking into sexual assault allegations against Italian actress Asia Argento—one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Capt. Darren Harris said investigators want to talk to Jimmy Bennett or his representatives about the alleged incident at... More »

Sentence for Doctor Guilty of Raping Patient Stuns Lawyers

Shafeeq Sheikh isn't going to prison

(Newser) - A former doctor in Houston found guilty of raping a sedated patient receiving treatment for a severe asthma attack doesn't have to serve a day in prison, a jury decided Friday. Shafeeq Sheikh was instead sentenced to 10 years' probation for the 2013 assault at Ben Taub hospital, the... More »

Asia Argento Paid $380K to Settle With Accuser of Her Own

Jimmy Bennett played her son in 2004's ' The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things'

(Newser) - One of Harvey Weinstein's most prominent accusers settled a sexual assault claim from her own accuser last year, according to legal documents. Months after she came forward with her allegations against Weinstein last year, Asia Argento paid $380,000 to Jimmy Bennett, who played her son in the 2004... More »

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