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Woman: Stepdad Kidnapped Me, Fathered My 9 Kids

She says she wasn't even a teen when he first raped her

(Newser) - A federal grand jury in Oklahoma has indicted a 63-year-old man accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter and holding her captive for more than 20 years in Mexico and elsewhere while fathering her nine children. Henri Piette is accused of kidnapping Rosalynn McGinnis in 1995 or 1996, per a grand jury... More »

NYPD Opens Inquiry Into Russell Simmons

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 »

Cops: DNA From Coke Can Unravels Teen's 1989 Murder

It points to man who lived on same street as victim

(Newser) - Home from college for Thanksgiving, 18-year-old Amanda "Mandy" Stavik took her family dog for a jog near Bellingham, Wash., on Nov. 24, 1989. The dog returned home that day, but Stavik's body, showing evidence of rape and possible drowning, was later found in a river. DNA was collected,... More »

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 »

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 »

Danny Masterson, Long Accused of Rape, Booted by Netflix

Move comes years after allegation, and day after report of exec's 'careless' comment

(Newser) - Netflix on Tuesday confirmed that Danny Masterson's last day on The Ranch was Monday. "Netflix and the producers have written" him out of the show "and production will resume in early 2018 without him," says a rep, per Variety . The exit comes some 13 years after... More »

Man Who Blackmailed Teens Online Convicted of Rape

Case is the first of its kind in Sweden; victims were in the US, elsewhere

(Newser) - A 41-year-old Swedish man was convicted of rape and sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday for coercing teens in Canada, Britain, and the US to perform sexual acts in front of webcams by threatening them or their families. A court in Uppsala, Sweden, found Bjorn Samstrom guilty of online... More »

Russell Simmons Steps Down After Second 1991 Accusation

Jenny Lumet details alleged sexual assault in a Hollywood Reporter column

(Newser) - Jenny Lumet's Thursday guest column for the Hollywood Reporter starts with a timeline—one that ends with Def Jam Recordings' Russell Simmons stepping down from his companies. Simmons was on Nov. 19 accused of committing sexual assault in 1991 by model Keri Claussen Khalighi; he denied it days later... 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 »

He Wrongfully Spent 45 Years in Prison in 'Weak at Best' Case

Now 65-year-old Wilbert Jones is free after his rape conviction was overturned

(Newser) - A 65-year-old Louisiana man arrested at 19 and sentenced to life without parole walked out of prison Wednesday, saying "God is so good" after his rape conviction was overturned. Authorities withheld evidence that could have exonerated Wilbert Jones decades ago, and their case against him was "weak at... More »

Time for a Reckoning for Bill Clinton?

Michelle Goldberg in 'New York Times' believes Juanita Broaddrick's claim of rape

(Newser) - The daily revelations about sexual harassment means it's time for Democrats to reassess their view on Bill Clinton, writes Michelle Goldberg in a New York Times op-ed. Goldberg reviews the claims against him made by various women and arrives at the conclusion stated in the op-ed's headline: "... More »

'Unbelievable' Rape Case of Nicki Minaj's Brother Wraps Up

Jelani Maraj convicted of sexually assaulting 11-year-old girl, could receive 25 years to life in prison

(Newser) - The brother of rapper Nicki Minaj was convicted Thursday of predatory sexual assault after being charged with repeatedly raping an 11-year-old girl at his Long Island home. Jurors delivered their verdict on the second day of deliberations in Jelani Maraj's trial. The charges carry the potential for 25 years... More »

Leading Islamic Scholar Accused of Raping 2 Women

Tariq Ramadan is on leave of absence from Oxford

(Newser) - One of the world's leading Islamic scholars is on a leave of absence from the University of Oxford amid allegations that he raped two women. Tariq Ramadan, the Swiss-born grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, has denied the allegations made by the two women in France and filed... More »

Gossip Girl Star Accused of Raping Actress

Kristina Cohen says Ed Westwick raped her at his home

(Newser) - Another big name has been drawn into the Hollywood sexual assault scandal: Ed Westwick, the English actor who played Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl. Actress Kristina Cohen says Westwick raped her three years ago, Vulture reports. A producer she was dating at the time brought her to Westwick's house,... More »

Latest Accusation Could Send Weinstein to Prison

Paz de la Huerta says he raped her twice in 2010

(Newser) - The latest accusation against Harvey Weinstein could represent prosecutors' best chance to send him to prison. Boardwalk Empire actress Paz de la Huerta says Weinstein raped her twice in New York in 2010, which is within the state's statute of limitations, and the NYPD said Friday it is gathering... More »

Beverly Hills Cops Investigating Toback, Weinstein

They say they have received 'multiple complaints' about both men

(Newser) - Legal problems are multiplying for Harvey Weinstein and James Toback: The Beverly Hills Police Department said Tuesday that it is investigating "multiple complaints" involving Weinstein, who has been accused of sexually assaulting or harassing scores of women, Deadline reports. The department later issued an almost identical statement about director... More »

Producers Guild Slaps Weinstein With Lifetime Ban

This is unprecedented, PGA says

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein has been banned for life from the producers guild. The Producers Guild of America announced Monday that Weinstein had resigned his membership, and the group opted to impose a lifetime ban on him, the AP reports. The guild called it an unprecedented step. The guild's board of... More »

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 »

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