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New Polanski Accuser Comes Forward

She says director sexually assaulted her as minor

(Newser) - Another woman has accused director Roman Polanski of sexually assaulting her when she was a minor—and her lawyer says she hopes more victims will come forward. The 59-year-old woman, who gave her name only as Robin, says Polanski abused her in 1973, when she was 16 years old, the... More »

Cops: Woman Raped by Man Posing as Her Uber Driver

Police believe it may not have been his first attack

(Newser) - A 40-year-old Los Angeles man has been charged with rape and kidnapping in connection with the sexual assault of a woman who believed he was her Uber driver, the Los Angeles Times reports. Police say Carlos Pichinte had decals for both Lyft and Uber on his car—despite not working... More »

Rapist Finally Done In —by His Dentures

Thomas Maupin pleads guilty to 2001 rape in Memphis

(Newser) - While in prison for a murder for which he was twice convicted and later acquitted, Thomas Maupin had a set of dentures made. Years later, that set would become a key piece of evidence helping to put him behind bars again. According to Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich, dentures... More »

GOP Lawmaker Charged With Groping Teen

Rep. Eric Schleien faces misdemeanor sexual assault charges

(Newser) - A New Hampshire state lawmaker has been charged with sexually and physically assaulting a 16-year-old girl last year under the guise of discussing her interest in politics, the AP reports. Republican Rep. Eric Schleien has been charged with one misdemeanor count of sexual assault and two misdemeanor counts of simple... More »

'You Don't Have Any Money So Take Off Your Clothes'

Group allegedly robs, sexually assaults woman leaving church

(Newser) - Police say a New York City woman was robbed and sexually assaulted by five men after leaving church Tuesday night in Queens, WNBC reports. According to the New York Daily News , the 50-year-old victim was about half a block from the church on her way to the subway when two... More »

Dept. of Ed Official: I'm Sorry for 'Flippant' Remarks on Rape

Civil rights chief said 90% of accusations 'fall into the category of 'we were both drunk''

(Newser) - The Education Department's civil rights chief says she's sorry for making "flippant" remarks attributing 90% of campus sexual assault claims to both parties being drunk. Wednesday's apology by Candice Jackson, acting assistant secretary for civil rights, came on the eve of a series of meetings that... More »

Bill Cosby's Retrial Date Set

He was ordered to be ready for trial on Nov. 6

(Newser) - Bill Cosby will be retried in November on charges he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago, after a Pennsylvania jury deadlocked on the question after deliberating over six days. Cosby, who turns 80 in July, was ordered Thursday to be ready for trial on Nov. 6,... More »

Trial Date Set in Another Cosby Assault Case

California case likely won't go to trial until after Pennsylvania re-trial

(Newser) - Bill Cosby has another trial date coming up in another alleged assault case: On Tuesday, a Los Angeles judge set July 30, 2018, as the tentative start date for a trial in the civil case from Judy Huth, who says Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974,... More »

Activists Fight to Recall Brock Turner Judge

Aaron Persky accused of 'pattern of bias'

(Newser) - "Santa Clara residents deserve a judge who will protect victims, not rapists," said Stanford law professor Michele Dauber as the campaign to recall the judge in the Brock Turner case officially began. Dauber and other activists filed a notice of intent Monday to recall Santa Clara Superior Court... More »

Cosby Team Blames Media for Town Hall Reports

They'll be about 'restoration of legacy,' not about sexual assault, publicist says

(Newser) - Bill Cosby has definite plans for this summer, but those plans don't involve what was initially reported, his publicity team now claims. Although his reps revealed last week that the 79-year-old comedian, whose sexual assault case ended in a mistrial earlier in June, would be hosting a series of... More »

How a Student's Rape Allegation Ultimately Led to Her Death

Megan Rondini found herself the subject of investigation

(Newser) - Megan Rondini was a 20-year-old honors student with a 3.8 GPA at the University of Alabama when she was allegedly raped by a 34-year-old businessman, a member of a prominent Tuscaloosa family. After escaping from his home in the wee hours of July 2, 2015, she went immediately to... More »

Cosby to Lecture on How to Avoid Sex Assault Allegations

His spokespeople revealed plans to 'Good Day Alabama'

(Newser) - Bill Cosby wants to get back to work, his spokespeople said Wednesday on Good Day Alabama , and one of his first plans is to host a series of town halls starting in July to educate young people. About what, exactly? Sexual assault. "Laws are changing. The statute of limitations... More »

Cosby Juror Reveals What Happened

2 jurors refused to convict

(Newser) - After 52 hours of tense deliberations, two holdouts in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial refused to convict the 79-year-old comedian, a juror told ABC News , per the AP . The juror, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said 10 of the 12 jurors agreed that Cosby was guilty on the... More »

Judge Declares Mistrial in Cosby Sexual Assault Case

The jury had deliberated for more than 52 hours

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's trial on sexual assault charges has ended without a verdict after jurors failed to break a deadlock, the AP reports. Jurors deliberated more than 52 hours over six days before telling a judge they couldn't reach a unanimous decision on whether The Cosby Show star drugged... More »

The Bill Cosby Jury Is Deadlocked

Judge instructs them to 'keep trying'

(Newser) - The jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is deadlocked, the AP reports. After 30 hours of deliberation over four days, jurors told Judge Steven O'Neill they could not reach a unanimous verdict on any of the three counts of aggravated indecent assault. O'Neill instructed them to... More »

Exasperation and Tears as Cosby Jury Struggles

No one is certain when it will all end

(Newser) - As deliberations in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial continue into a fourth day Thursday, nerves are frayed, patience is shot, and no one is certain when it will all end. Some jurors appeared angry, the judge sounded exasperated, and accuser Andrea Constand's mother broke down in tears Wednesday.... More »

Cosby Told Police He Fondled Accuser After Giving Her Pills

He said Constand showed no ill effects from the Benadryl tablets

(Newser) - Bill Cosby acknowledged to police more than a decade ago that he fondled Andrea Constand after giving her what he said were cold-and-allergy pills to help her relax, according to a statement introduced Thursday at the comedian's sexual-assault trial. But Cosby also told police that Constand showed no ill... More »

Cosby Accuser Doesn't Stumble in 7 Hours on Witness Stand

Andrea Constand wrapped up her testimony on 3rd day of assault trial

(Newser) - The woman who accused Bill Cosby of drugging and violating her more than a decade ago stood by her story at his trial Wednesday, withstanding hours of cross-examination that didn't produce the stumbles Cosby might have hoped for, the AP reports. Andrea Constand brushed off suggestions she and Cosby... More »

First Cosby Witness Explains What He 'Made Me' Do

Prosecutors say there is a pattern to his assaults

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial opened Monday with testimony from one of the scores of women who accuse the star of drugging and sexually assaulting them. The woman, identified in earlier reports as "Kacey," testified that when she worked at the William Morris talent agency in Los... More »

Treatment of Sex Assault Victim by Court Was 'Appalling': Judge

Canadian victim had to ride more than once in van with her attacker

(Newser) - Without anywhere else to go, the homeless woman nestled in next to a heater in the stairwell of an Edmonton apartment building and fell asleep. She awoke to a man holding a knife to her throat. The woman had no idea that the man, Lance Blanchard, was a convicted sexual... More »

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