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Tarantino: 'Anything I Say Now Will Sound Like Crappy Excuse'

He wishes he'd taken a stand against Weinstein

(Newser) - Quentin Tarantino has spoken out against his longtime friend and collaborator Harvey Weinstein—but he admits that it's too little, too late. Tarantino tells the New York Times that he "knew enough to do more than I did" and he now wishes he had stepped up and refused... More »

Magician David Blaine Accused of Rape in UK

Ex-model says he attacked her in 2004

(Newser) - Magician David Blaine is being accused of rape by a British woman who says the 2004 incident left her suffering from anxiety and low self-esteem. Former model Natasha Prince tells the Daily Beast that she was 21 years old when Blaine invited her to his London residence the day after... More »

Why the Newest Rape Allegation Against Weinstein Is Notable

It's within the statute of limitations

(Newser) - A new accusation against Harvey Weinstein could "open the door to a prosecution" a former sex crimes prosecutor tells the Los Angeles Times . A 38-year-old model and actress—well-known in Italy—met with the Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday, accusing the producer of sexually assaulting her at a... More »

Muslim Teen's Slaying Now a Death Penalty Case

Authorities now say that Nabra Hassanen was raped by Darwin Martinez-Torres

(Newser) - The man accused of killing a Muslim teenager in a case that drew national attention in June will face the death penalty. Prosecutors in Fairfax, Va., laid out their case Monday in the slaying of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen, and it includes a disturbing new revelation. For the first time, authorities... More »

'Khal Drago' Apologizes for 2011 Rape 'Joke'

Jason Momoa 'awoke in Australia to the justified reactions ... to a distasteful joke I made'

(Newser) - He got laughter at the time. Now, he's offering up an apology. Jason Momoa, the actor who played Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones, found himself caught up in the recent groundswell of stories of sexual harassment and assault at the hands of Hollywood players. While sitting on a... 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 »

Nelly Arrested for Allegedly Raping Woman on Tour Bus

The rapper was jailed Saturday morning in Washington state

(Newser) - Nelly was arrested Saturday morning for allegedly raping a woman on his tour bus in Washington state, TMZ reports. According to Q13 , the "Hot in Herre" rapper performed at the White River Amphitheater on Friday and was also scheduled to appear at a nightclub event in nearby Seattle the... More »

New Rape Accusations Against Roman Polanski

German former actress says director raped her in 1972 when she was 15

(Newser) - Roman Polanski is now facing sexual assault charges from a fourth woman, the New York Times reports. Renate Langer says the director raped her in February 1972 when she was 15 years old. The 61-year-old former actress says she was visiting Polanski, who she met while working at a modeling... More »

Indian Judge in Rape Case: 'No' Doesn't Always Mean No

Judge overturns rape conviction

(Newser) - An Indian film director who was convicted of raping an American postgraduate student has had his conviction overturned after an Indian judge found that "a feeble no may mean a yes." Justice Ashutosh Kumar made his ruling Monday, noting that a weak no is especially indicative of a... More »

Man Who Murdered Holly Bobo Learns His Fate

Zach Adams sentenced to life in prison for murder, kidnapping, rape

(Newser) - The man who kidnapped, raped, and killed a 20-year-old nursing student in Tennessee has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, WTVF reports. Holly Bobo disappeared in 2011 after going into the woods outside her parents house with an unidentified man; her body wasn't found... More »

Fox Guest Says She Was Raped by Host, Blacklisted

New allegations made against Charles Payne

(Newser) - A political commentator who says she was raped by Fox Business Network host Charles Payne is suing the host and the network, alleging that she was pressured into having a extramarital relationship with him—and that Fox blacklisted her when it ended. Scottie Nell Hughes, a frequent Fox guest between... More »

2 US Students Accuse Italian Cops of Rape

The women say the cops offered to drive them home then assaulted them

(Newser) - In a case that has shocked Italians, two American students are accusing two Italian national policemen of rape, ABC News reports. The women, 19 and 21, were leaving a disco early Thursday when they accepted a ride home from two Carabinieri paramilitary officers, who had responded to reports of a... More »

Unforeseen Twist in Case of 10-Year-Old Rape Victim

DNA shows newborn is not child of uncle who allegedly raped girl

(Newser) - An unforeseen twist in a highly publicized case that had seemed to be at its end: The DNA results show that a 10-year-old girl in India—who was pregnant via rape, not permitted to abort , and in August gave birth —was not impregnated by her uncle, as has been... 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 »

Indian Rape Victim, 10, Gives Birth Without Knowing It

Girl's parents told her the bulge in her stomach was a stone

(Newser) - A 10-year-old rape victim in India has given birth, though the BBC reports she is unaware of that fact. The girl's case grabbed headlines after it reached as high as the Indian Supreme Court, which in July denied her family's request for an abortion. While the court battles... More »

Airline Creates Service to Help Women Flying Alone

'A sincere effort to ensure peace of mind' from Indian airline Vistara

(Newser) - India has earned a reputation as a place that's dangerous for women and girls, underscored by the story of a 10-year-old rape victim now in the news for trying to get permission to get an abortion . Another shocking story from 2012 set off a series of protests across the... 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 »

A Pakistani Girl Was Raped, So Another Rape Was Ordered

Village council said to have decided on 'revenge rape'

(Newser) - The allegations are horrifying: that a Pakistani village council learned a 12-year-old girl had been raped by a teenage relative while she was cutting grass in a field, and that the council had an eye-for-an-eye response. The council in Muzaffarabad, a village outside Multan, allegedly ordered the victim's teenage... More »

Indian Court: 10-Year-Old Rape Victim Can't Get Abortion

The girl is 26 weeks pregnant

(Newser) - A 10-year-old rape survivor in India has been denied an abortion, despite the fact that giving birth is risky at such a young age, the Times of India reports. Medical termination of pregnancy is allowed up to 20 weeks gestation, though exceptions are allowed if the mother's health is... More »

Alleged U of Ala. Rape Victim 'Treated as Crime Suspect': Suit

University, cops to blame for Megan Rondini's suicide, complaint says

(Newser) - Former University of Alabama student Megan Rondini would still be alive if not for the "mishandling" of her alleged rape , her parents say. In a wrongful death lawsuit filed Sunday, Rondini's parents accuse the university, school officials, sheriff's deputies, and Rondini's alleged rapist of enabling her... More »

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