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Can Bill Cosby Be Convicted?

'Too much time has passed,' leading lawyer says

(Newser) - Will one of the biggest celebrity trials of the decade complete Bill Cosby's downfall? The 74-year-old has been ordered to stand trial on sexual assault charges , but it is far from clear whether prosecutors will be able to secure a conviction in the case, which involves allegations from 2004... More »

Cosby Must Stand Trial on Sex Assault Charges

Faces 10 years in prison if convicted

(Newser) - Bill Cosby was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on sexual assault charges after a hearing that hinged on a decade-old police report in which a woman said the comedian gave her three blue pills that put her in a stupor and made her unable to stop his advances. District Judge... More »

Cosby: I Had Sex Encounter With 17-Year-Old

Newly published 2005-2006 depositions reveal more explosive confessions

(Newser) - Bill Cosby appeared in a Pennsylvania courthouse Tuesday for a preliminary hearing in a criminal sex-assault case brought against him by ex-Temple University employee Andrea Constand, but newly revealed court papers from depositions he gave in 2005 and 2006 for Constand's civil suit are also making headlines. In those... More »

Camille Cosby Gets 'Combative' When Questioned About Bill

She refused to answer dozens of questions over eight hours of deposition

(Newser) - Camille Cosby refused to answer dozens of questions about her famous husband during two days of deposition back in February, USA Today reports. According to ABC News , a transcript of the deposition released Friday shows Camille cited "spousal privilege" in her refusal to answer questions more than a dozen... More »

Suit: Hugh Hefner 'Complicit' in Cosby Assault

He introduced Cosby to sex assault victim: suit

(Newser) - A woman who accuses Bill Cosby of sexual assault now says Hugh Hefner was "complicit" in the act. In a lawsuit, Chloe Goins says Hefner introduced her to Cosby during a party at the Playboy Mansion in 2008. Goins says Cosby drugged her, then led her to a room... More »

Forced Oral Sex Isn't Rape If Victim Is Drunk: Court

Oklahoma judges say law's language doesn't apply to the unconscious

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Tulsa say Oklahoma's Court of Criminal Appeals misfired badly by ruling that the state's forcible sodomy law isn't applicable to intoxicated or unconscious victims, reports UPI . In what Benjamin Fu, Tulsa County assistant DA, calls an "insane" and "dangerous" interpretation of the law,... More »

Trojan's New Campaign: More Consent

Condom company spreading a 'culture of consent' on college campuses

(Newser) - April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and for the second year in a row, the maker of Trojan condoms wants to help spread the word around college campuses through its "Consent: Ask for It" campaign with the Advocates for Youth nonprofit, per a press release . The goal: for college... More »

Dear Abby Accused of Blaming Teen Rape Victim

'I told him he was hurting me, but he didn't stop'

(Newser) - "Dear Abby" is taking some heat for her recent answer to a letter writer, which some saw as blaming the teen girl for her own rape. The letter writer, a high-school junior who was a virgin before the incident she wrote in about, says a classmate invited her over... More »

Cops: Friend Live-Streamed Teen's Rape

Pal's boyfriend is also charged in Feb. 27 incident

(Newser) - A man and woman have been charged in a disturbing case out of Columbus, Ohio, in which police say a teen was raped while her friend streamed the assault on live-video app Periscope. Authorities say 18-year-old Marina Lonina and the 17-year-old victim were drinking with 29-year-old Raymond Gates inside a... More »

New Ride-Sharing Service for Women, Driven by Women

But there are risks of gender discrimination lawsuits

(Newser) - Starting April 19 in Boston, women will be able to hail a ride that may make them feel safer, the Next Web reports. In response to reported sexual assaults during Uber, Lyft, and taxi rides, Michael Pelletz launched Chariot for Women , providing ride-sharing just for women (as well as kids... More »

4 Men Raped 9-Year-Old While Mom Got High: Cops

Alleged crime happened on Easter Sunday

(Newser) - "I want justice." That's what a woman is seeking for her 9-year-old granddaughter, who allegedly endured a brutal Easter Sunday attack by four men while her mom got high on meth in a friend's garage, KTSU reports. The men are accused of raping, sodomizing, and threatening... More »

New Sex Harassment Rules Defined for Cabbies

New York City aims to clarify do's and don'ts

(Newser) - New York City officials are updating harassment rules to spell out exactly what taxi and hire car drivers can't do—like make sexual suggestions, touch, be touched by, or ejaculate on passengers, the Independent reports. The goal is to clarify fairly broad rules so drivers and passengers know the... More »

Victim: Prosecutor Was Like a Hero, Then He Raped Me

Terry Mitchell opens up about alleged assault

(Newser) - Terry Mitchell was already a victim of child sex abuse when she was raped at knife-point in June 1980. Two months later, the 16-year-old was jogging with two black friends in Salt Lake City when they were gunned down by a white supremacist. "After the shootings, I was like... More »

Lady Gaga, Joe Biden Take on Sex Assault

They're holding a rally to raise awareness of sexual assault

(Newser) - Lady Gaga and Joe Biden are bringing their act to Las Vegas for an event raising awareness about sexual assault. The pop star and the vice president will hold a rally at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas on April 7, the AP reports. The White House says they'll speak... More »

She Wanted to Be a Cop, Till a Cop Did the Unimaginable

City settles lawsuit after detective assaulted teen intern in 2011

(Newser) - The city of La Cruces, NM, has agreed to pay $3 million to settle a federal civil lawsuit brought by a woman who was sexually assaulted by a police detective when she was a high-school intern with the department. During the trial, Diana Guerrero, who had aspired to become a... More »

DA: Doc Masturbated on Patient, Sexually Assaulted 3 Others

He wrote a book on doctor-patient relations

(Newser) - A prominent former New York City emergency room doctor already charged with sexually assaulting two women in his care has been indicted on additional charges of sex abuse for assaulting two more women he treated, the AP reports. David Newman, who wrote a book on the patient-doctor relationship and claims... More »

Jian Ghomeshi Not Guilty of Sexual Assault

Ontario judge says 3 complainants were 'less than ... forthcoming'

(Newser) - Ex-CBC broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi on Thursday wrapped up the first of two sexual-assault trials he faces, and the verdict came back not guilty, the Globe and Mail reports. An Ontario judge issued the ruling, clearing Ghomeshi of four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking... More »

DC Judge Quits After Witness Accuses Him of 1981 Rape

Then-16-year-old was a witness in a case

(Newser) - The chief US district judge in Washington, DC, resigned abruptly on Wednesday, the same day a Utah woman filed a lawsuit accusing him of repeatedly raping her 35 years ago, NBC News reports. The lawsuit claims Richard Roberts was a civil rights lawyer in 1981 when he "intimidated, coerced,... More »

Uber Hits Back at Claim of Thousands of Sex Assaults

Ride-share company says BuzzFeed's numbers are inflated

(Newser) - Between December 2012 and August 2015, Uber received five claims of rape and fewer than 170 claims of sexual assault stemming from an Uber ride, according to data the company provided to BuzzFeed . Those numbers differ greatly from those reflected in screenshots from Uber's Zendesk customer support platform that... More »

Lady Gaga's Family Didn't Know About Her Rape Until the Oscars

'I never told them I was a survivor; I was too ashamed'

(Newser) - Lady Gaga's performance of her Oscar-nominated song about sexual assault during the Academy Awards on Sunday was a powerful moment for a lot of people. The Los Angeles Times reports two of those people were the singer's own aunt and grandmother, who weren't aware she was a... More »

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