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Witness: Cosby Accuser Wanted to 'Get That Money'

She claims Andrea Constand spoke of plot

(Newser) - The chief accuser at Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial talked about framing a celebrity before going to police with her allegations in 2005, a key defense witness testified Wednesday as the TV star's lawyers began setting out their case. Marguerite Jackson, an academic adviser at Temple University, said... More »

Jury Hears Cosby Admit It: He Used Quaaludes

'You gave them to other people?' 'Yes.'

(Newser) - Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial on Wednesday heard his damaging testimony about giving a sedative to women before sex, the AP reports. Cosby, who was deposed in 2005 and 2006 as part of his chief accuser's civil suit, was asked about quaaludes, a 1970s party drug... More »

Why Men in One Profession 'Get Away With' Sexual Assault

Doctors mostly just take therapy and move on

(Newser) - Entertainers, journalists, and politicians have lost their careers over sexual misconduct in the age of #MeToo, but it seems doctors have little to worry about. According to an AP investigation , many doctors facing sexual assault charges will keep their medical license and simply go on suspension while taking a kind... More »

Kevin Spacey Being Investigated in 2 Countries

LA prosecutors reviewing case it received in early April

(Newser) - Kevin Spacey is now the subject of criminal investigations in two countries. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that it is reviewing a sexual assault case against the actor passed to it by the sheriff's office earlier this month. Police say... More »

Lawyer: Bill Cosby Was Framed by 'Con Artist'

Another woman says she was drugged, forced to perform oral sex

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's retrial took a far more combative turn Tuesday than the first go-round, as his lawyers launched a scathing attack on his accuser and prosecutors put the first in a parade of women on the stand to portray the comedian as a sexual predator. Heidi Thomas, who was... More »

Hidden Amount Bill Cosby Paid Andrea Constand Is Revealed

Both sides intend to use the figure in the retrial

(Newser) - Day one of Bill Cosby's retrial on sexual assault charges was markedly different than his first go-round, beginning with a topless protester who barreled toward him outside a Pennsylvania courthouse and evident in the prosecution's revelation of what he paid accuser Andrea Constand to settle her 2005 lawsuit.... More »

Bill Cosby Lawyers: Oust Juror Over His Comment

Male juror reportedly considers trial a waste of time

(Newser) - A man selected as a juror in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial thinks the comedian is guilty and wants the case to be over, according to a prospective juror who says the man offered his opinion as they chatted during jury selection, the AP reports. Cosby's lawyers seized... More »

Bill Cosby Lawyers Try to Have Judge Removed

They plan to portray Cosby's accuser as greedy

(Newser) - The judge in Bill Cosby's retrial rejected demands from the comedian's defense lawyers to step aside during a Thursday hearing in which they made clear they plan to attack his accuser as a greedy liar who falsely accused him of sexually assaulting her to collect a payoff. Judge... More »

Ex-Casino Boss on Alleged Wynn Abuse: Speak Up and You'd 'Be Gone'

Executives failed to act on complaints, targeted victims: 'WSJ'

(Newser) - Steve Wynn's alleged inappropriate sexual behavior was allowed to continue for decades as casino managers looked the other way—or looked to punish his victims, former employees tell the Wall Street Journal . The CEO and chairman of Wynn Resorts resigned in February after the Journal reported on accusations of... More »

Biden on Trump: I Would Have 'Beat the Hell Out of Him'

Former VP is not a fan of president's locker room talk, says he wouldn't have stood for it in school

(Newser) - "If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him." With that bold statement, former vice president Joe Biden made very clear his feelings for President Trump at an anti-sexual assault rally at the University of Miami on... More »

Woman Says Seagal Assaulted Her When She Was 17

Latest accuser says actor grabbed her nipples, genitals

(Newser) - A woman on Monday said she was a 17-year-old model and aspiring actress when Steven Seagal sexually assaulted her at a supposed casting session at a Beverly Hills hotel room in 2002, the AP reports. Faviola Dadis was emotional but composed as she spoke at a news conference in Los... More »

Alaska Airlines Pilot Says She Was Raped by Captain

He remains at work, Betty Pina alleges in lawsuit against airline

(Newser) - Last June, an Alaska Airlines pilot reported that her captain drugged and raped her during a layover in Minneapolis. Nine months later, he's still in the job, according to her lawsuit against the airline. It describes how Betty Pina, 39, and Paul Engelien, 50, arrived in the concierge room... More »

Woman Charged With Sexually Assaulting Exchange Student

Authorities say 16-year-old was incapacitated by head injury at the time

(Newser) - A woman who recruited international students for study programs in Hawaii has been charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old Japanese exchange student, authorities said. An Oahu grand jury on Thursday indicted 36-year-old Rika Shimizu on five counts of second-degree sexual assault and four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault, the AP... More »

US Forest Service Chief Retires Amid Sex Misconduct Claims

Tony Tooke says it's best to 'make way for a new leader' after PBS investigation

(Newser) - After just six months on the job, the head of the US Forest Service is stepping down after a PBS probe revealed not only claims of sexual harassment and assault throughout the agency in general, but also accusations of misconduct against Tony Tooke himself, PBS reports. Tooke's retirement, which... More »

Ryan Seacrest Avoided, Insulted on Oscars Red Carpet

Just 21 people spoke to E! host amidst groping accusations

(Newser) - Amid allegations that he groped a stylist , E! host Ryan Seacrest was sure to have an awkward time attempting to interview celebrities at Sunday night's Academy Awards. Mashable says "practically no celebrities" talked to him and the Kansas City Star , which rounds up social media reactions to Seacrest'... More »

Evan Rachel Wood: I've Been Raped Multiple Times

She spoke before Congress in support of the Survivors' Bill of Rights Act

(Newser) - Evan Rachel Wood gave harrowing testimony to Congress Tuesday detailing her sexual abuse at the hands of an ex-partner, in an effort to support passage of the Survivors' Bill of Rights Act. She was raped by him while unconscious, she told a House Judiciary subcommittee, and she was "mentally... More »

Allegations Mount Against Steve Wynn

2 women say he assaulted them in the 1970s

(Newser) - Steve Wynn, who resigned as CEO of Wynn Resorts last week amid sexual misconduct claims, is facing two new allegations of assault, but charges are unlikely: Both allegations date from the 1970s. Police in Las Vegas say two women filed reports days after a Wall Street Journal report on a... More »

Upton: I Had 2 Options—Wiggle Away or Punch CEO of Guess

Supermodel details allegations against Paul Marciano in interview with 'Time'

(Newser) - Kate Upton didn't offer specifics when she posted a #MeToo tweet about Guess co-founder Paul Marciano last month, but now she's talking in an interview with Time . The supermodel says Marciano's pattern of sexual assault and harassment, which photographer Yu Tsai confirms he witnessed, took place starting... More »

Scott Baio Says He Didn't Molest Underage Co-Star

'What I'm being accused of is horrible'

(Newser) - "Ask @scottbaio what happened in his garage at his house when I was a minor. Creep," Nicole Eggert tweeted Saturday, setting off a storm of claims and counterclaims between her and her former Charles in Charge co-star. In later tweets, Eggert, 46, said the inappropriate behavior had started... More »

Report: Casino Mogul Steve Wynn Had Everyone 'Petrified'

'WSJ' report features allegations of forced sex, harassment against RNC finance chair

(Newser) - A shocking report from the Wall Street Journal emerged Friday, detailing what it says "would amount to a decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct" by one of Las Vegas' biggest casino moguls. Based on more than 150 interviews with past and current employees, as well as court records, the Journal... More »

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