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With One Hashtag, Star Opens Flood of Sexual Abuse Stories

Alyssa Milano's #MeToo goes viral

(Newser) - As new accusations continue to emerge in the Harvey Weinstein scandal, a celebrity-driven hashtag has started a wave of people who are sharing their personal experiences with sexual abuse and harassment, Mashable reports. On Sunday afternoon, Alyssa Milano tweeted : "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write '... More »

Cops: Girl, 17, Separated From Friends Is Assaulted 3 Times

London police say the attacks started just before midnight on Sept. 29

(Newser) - A 17-year-old girl who became separated from friends after a night out experienced the unthinkable in East London, say police: three sexual assaults within a 60-minute period. The BBC reports the teen was seen on surveillance footage in the area just before midnight on Sept. 29. She was being carried... More »

TMZ: Weinstein Contract Allowed for 'Improper' Behavior

Paying up to $1M per time could 'cure' harassment

(Newser) - A weird development in the Harvey Weinstein scandal: His firing by the company he co-founded may have been illegal despite his alleged abysmal behavior, according to TMZ . The site says it has seen Weinstein's 2015 employment contract and it leaves room for sexual harassment or other "misconduct."... More »

Kate Beckinsale: Weinstein Pulled Hotel Room Antics on Me at 17

She escaped 'uneasy but unscathed'

(Newser) - The latest woman to accuse Harvey Weinstein of inappropriate sexual behavior was just 17 when the alleged incident occurred. In a lengthy Instagram post , Kate Beckinsale recounts an experience she had with Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel (the age of consent in the UK is 16 ). "He opened... More »

'He's Big and Fat, So I Had to Be Forceful to Resist Him'

New Harvey Weinstein accusers emerge

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein, facing the implosion of his career and his marriage amid a flood of sexual assault and misconduct allegations, says he's seeking help. "I gotta get help, guys," he told reporters outside his 22-year-old daughter's Los Angeles home Wednesday, per TMZ , which reports that he... More »

Another Bombshell Report Drops on Harvey Weinstein

Women accuse him of rape in 'New Yorker' investigation

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein had lawyered up even before the New York Times dropped its bombshell report about him, because he knew that both the Times and the New Yorker were working on investigative pieces. Well, now the New Yorker has weighed in, and its report has allegations that are even more... More »

Sex Accusations Surface After Parent Threatens Teacher

Teacher Jessie Goline is accused of having sex with 4 students

(Newser) - Arkansas police say a 25-year-old high school teacher had sex with four students in two school districts between January and April 2016, including one boy in her class who was underage. How this came to light: "Boys brag," prosecutor Scott Ellington tells the Washington Post . According to court... More »

Cops: Girl Was Held 29 Days, Then Captors Went to Lunch

Jasmine Block praised for her strength and bravery

(Newser) - Jasmine Block is "an unbelievable young woman." That's what a police chief has to say after the 15-year-old escaped from captors who allegedly assaulted her over the course of a month. Block reportedly left her home in Alexandria, Minn., on Aug. 8 with a family acquaintance who... More »

Trump Admin Scraps Obama's School Sexual Assault Rules

For being too unfair to the accused

(Newser) - The Trump administration will do away with the Obama administration's guidance on sexual assault and harassment in schools because, according to Betsy DeVos, it's unfair to students accused of such actions, Politico reports. “Every student accused of sexual misconduct must know that guilt is not predetermined,"... More »

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 »

'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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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