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NYPD Investigates Russell Simmons Rape Allegations

Another woman comes forward to accuse him of an attempted sexual assault

(Newser) - Russell Simmons is now the subject of an NYPD investigation, with 12 women accusing the music mogul of sexual misconduct including rape . The investigation was launched based on accounts published by the Los Angeles Times and New York Times this week, reports CNN . "We were made aware of the... More »

You May Be Afraid to Type Your Favorite TV Show Into This Site

Rotten Apples lists films, shows linked to those with sex misconduct accusations against them

(Newser) - There have been so many allegations of sexual misconduct in Hollywood since the Harvey Weinstein story broke that it's been hard to keep track. Now one group is trying to do just that, with a site Vanity Fair is calling "Rotten Tomatoes with a post-Weinstein twist." The... More »

Sex Assault Claims Against Dustin Hoffman Stack Up

Actor accused of exposing himself to teen girl, assaulting two other women

(Newser) - Dustin Hoffman is facing three new accusations of sexual misconduct, including a woman who says the actor exposed himself to her when she was a minor, Variety reports in an exclusive.
  • Cori Thomas was a 16-year-old classmate of Hoffman's daughter, Karina, in 1980 when she spent a day together
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4 Women Say Russell Simmons Raped Them

And 5 others level new accusations of sexual harassment, assault against Def Jam co-founder

(Newser) - Russell Simmons is facing new accusations of sexual misconduct—including rape—from nine women just weeks after he stepped away from his businesses following other accusations of sexual assault. The accusations, laid out in major exposés in the Los Angeles Times and New York Times , span a time period... More »

Trump Tweets About Female Accusers

'Fabricated stories of women who I don't know and/or have never met'

(Newser) - President Trump said nothing on the subject Monday as four out of at least a dozen women who've accused him of sexual misconduct reiterated their allegations and called on Congress to investigate their claims. That changed Tuesday, and followed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's call on the president to resign,... More »

'Gun Choir' Lawmaker Accused of Sexual Assault

Dan Johnson also once compared Barack and Michelle Obama to monkeys

(Newser) - A Republican Kentucky lawmaker known for his inflammatory social media posts comparing President Barack Obama and his wife to monkeys has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who attended his church. Both Republican and Democratic leaders on Monday called for Dan Johnson to resign, the AP reports. The... More »

Rohingya See Loved Ones Killed as They're Being Raped

UN calls Myanmar armed forces use of rape a 'calculated tool of terror'

(Newser) - The rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar's security forces has been sweeping and methodical, the AP found in interviews with 29 women and girls now in Bangladesh. These assault survivors from several refugee camps range in age from 13 to 35, come from villages in Myanmar's Rakhine state,... More »

Actress Calls Dustin Hoffman a 'Sexual Power Abuser'

New accusations of sexual harassment and assault against actor

(Newser) - "Along with the nightly sexual harassment, he eroded my confidence, my dignity," Kathryn Rossetter writes in the Hollywood Reporter . "He humiliated and demeaned me. He robbed me of my joy in the experience and he left dirty fingerprints on my soul." Rossetter is the most recent... More »

Now in DC Spotlight: Kirsten Gillibrand

She led the charge against fellow Democrat Al Franken

(Newser) - The demise of Al Franken's career in the US Senate was hastened along by members of his own party who called for him to step down amid sexual misconduct allegations. Chief among them: New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who helped turn up the heat on Franken this week by... More »

Dylan Farrow: No #MeToo Reckoning for My Father

Farrow says same system that protected Harvey Weinstein continues to shield Woody Allen

(Newser) - Last year Ronan Farrow slammed the media for protecting his father, Woody Allen, on the sexual abuse allegations surrounding him. Now Farrow's sister, Dylan Farrow, who has detailed the abuse she says she suffered at Allen's hands, takes to the Los Angeles Times to muse on the #MeToo... More »

Brock Turner May Be Heading Back to Court

Stanford swimmer is appealing his sex assault conviction

(Newser) - A former Stanford swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside a campus fraternity party is appealing, the AP reports. In an appeal filed Friday, lawyers for Brock Turner said the initial trial was "a detailed and lengthy set of lies." They hope a new trial will... More »

Airline Accused of Ignoring Sexual Harassment of Passenger

Mark Zuckerberg's sister says she was 'disgusted and degraded'

(Newser) - Randi Zuckerberg, CEO of Zuckerberg Media and sister of Mark, was flying from Los Angeles to Mexico recently when she says the man seated next to her started rating the bodies of female passengers, talking to her about touching himself, and telling her "Millennial women just aren't willing... More »

Beastie Boy Sides With Women Accusing His Playwright Father

Israel Horovitz, 78, says he has a 'different memory' of some of the allegations

(Newser) - The father of one of the Beastie Boys is the latest to be caught up in a sexual misconduct scandal, and the Beastie says he stands with the accusers. Nine women have lobbed allegations of sexual abuse and "violations of trust" against playwright Israel Horovitz, and the New York ... More »

New Franken Accuser: He Groped My Breast in Photo Op

Army veteran says incident took place on 2003 USO tour; plus 6th accuser says he tried for a kiss

(Newser) - An Army veteran is one of two women to come forward with new sexual misconduct allegations against Al Franken, just days after the senator issued an apology —and she's offering a story similar to those of earlier accusers. Stephanie Kemplin, 41, tells CNN Franken touched her right breast... More »

Matt Lauer: 'There Is Enough Truth in These Stories'

Fired NBC anchor issues statement apologizing as new complaints come out

(Newser) - Matt Lauer has broken his silence over the sexual misconduct scandal engulfing him. "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions," he says in a statement, per CNBC . "To the people I have hurt,... More »

Weinstein Accused of Sex Trafficking

British woman files suit under US trafficking law

(Newser) - The range of foul behavior Harvey Weinstein is accused of has now expanded to include sex trafficking. British actress Kadian Noble, who says Weinstein forced her to perform sexual acts in a hotel room during the Cannes film festival in 2014, filed a lawsuit against the disgraced producer, his brother... More »

Major US Massage Chain Hit With Sexual Assault Scandal

Nearly 200 complaints, suits filed against Massage Envy for assaults, mismanagement of complaints

(Newser) - What one would expect when frequenting a place called Massage Envy: a massage. What one absolutely wouldn't expect: to be sexually assaulted. Yet per an investigation by BuzzFeed , the nation's largest massage franchise chain, its employees, and individual spas have racked up more than 180 police reports, lawsuits,... More »

Publicist: Masterson Couldn't Have Raped His Own Girlfriend

Because it's not rape if you're dating or in a sexual relationship with someone, Jenni Weinman says

(Newser) - Four women have accused That '70s Show actor Danny Masterson of rape, and his publicist is catching heat for how she's defending him. Two of Masterson's accusers have told HuffPost Jenni Weinman is refuting and helping cover up (along with others in the Scientology community ) his... More »

Another Woman Accuses Piven of Sex Misconduct

This time on the set of 'Entourage'

(Newser) - Yet another woman has accused Jeremy Piven of sexual misconduct, this time on the set of the show that made him a star. Anastasia Taneie tells BuzzFeed News that Piven forced himself on her when she was a background actor on HBO's Entourage in April 2009. Taneie, who is... More »

Moore Accuser: He 'Preyed Upon' Me When I Was Just 14

Leigh Corfman describes incident in her first TV interview

(Newser) - Leigh Corfman, the woman who came forward accusing Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually abusing her as a teen, made her first TV appearance Monday on the Today show and recounted the experience she says she had with Moore, who was 32 at the time. After he met Corfman... More »

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