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Ex-Bosses Go on Trial After Office Suicides

France Telecom's former CEO, Didier Lombard, is among them

(Newser) - Several top executives of a French telecom are slated to stand trial for employees who killed themselves in what prosecutors have called a culture of "moral harassment," the BBC reports. France Telecom's former CEO, Didier Lombard, and six managers are facing $35,000 fines and two years... More »

Millie Bobby Brown Vanishes From Twitter After Anti-Gay Memes

'Stranger Things' actress had been object of homophobic meme, hashtag campaign

(Newser) - She's taken on the Demogorgon, but Twitter trolls may have been too much. Variety reports that Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven in the Netflix series Stranger Things, has either deactivated or deleted her @milliebbrown Twitter account, and it may be linked to a proliferation of memes painting the... More »

Arrested Development Interview 'Got Under My Skin'

Linda Holmes of NPR explains why this story is so particularly bad

(Newser) - If you're not familiar with this week's controversy involving the cast of Arrested Development, the short version is this: During an interview, Jessica Walter described the verbal abuse she endured from Jeffrey Tambor as the worst in her 60-year career, while male cast members, particularly Jason Bateman, repeatedly... More »

Photo of Female Worker Bound in Duct Tape Horrifies Scotland

DeeAnn Fitzpatrick says male co-workers at government agency created toxic environment

(Newser) - She said her co-workers made fun of her for having a miscarriage, hurled sexist and racist language at her and others, and then, the final straw: They duct-taped her to a chair and gagged her. Now, per the New York Times , DeeAnn Fitzpatrick will get her day in court. The... More »

After Defense of Harassment, Jason Bateman Apologizes

He'd defended Jeffrey Tambor's attack on Jessica Walter

(Newser) - Jason Bateman is apologizing a day after an emotional interview with the cast of Arrested Development was published by the New York Times ahead of the show's fifth season. It touched upon allegations of sexual misconduct against star Jeffrey Tambor, as well as his admission earlier this month, via... More »

They Had One Date. She Texted Him 65K Times

'Love is an excessive thing,' says accused stalker Jacqueline Ades

(Newser) - Online dating sites offer the chance to find a soulmate. Or a stalker. Or allegedly both, as with this case out of Arizona. "I felt like I met my soulmate," says 31-year-old Jacqueline Ades, recalling a single date she had with a man she met on millionaire dating... More »

Fred Savage Sued Over Alleged On-Set Behavior

But the actor and Fox deny the claims

(Newser) - A female costumer on The Grinder—a Fox sitcom canceled in 2016 after just one season—is suing Fred Savage, who starred in the show alongside Rob Lowe, alleging harassment and even violence. But both Savage and Fox are hitting back strongly against the claims. Youngjoo Hwang says Savage treated... More »

Melania Trump Publicly Launches Cyberbullying Initiative

First lady had promised to make online harassment one of her priorities, will hold first public event

(Newser) - Melania Trump is hosting executives from major online and social media companies to discuss cyberbullying and internet safety, more than a year after saying that would be her issue as first lady. The meeting Tuesday marks her first public event on the topic, a choice some observers have questioned given... More »

Chris Matthews Reprimanded for Harassing Producer in '99

Accuser was paid package by NBC following investigation

(Newser) - Add another name to the exhaustive list of men in media being accused of harassing behavior at work. On the heels of NBC’s dismissal of Matt Lauer for sexual misconduct, the Daily Caller reports that old dirt has been dug up about Hardball’s Chris Matthews. An MSNBC... More »

Bill O'Reilly Settled With Her. Now She's Suing

Rachel Witlieb Bernstein claims he, Fox News didn't stick to terms of settlement

(Newser) - Bill O'Reilly settled with six women over harassment allegations, and one of them says she hasn't said a word—until now. As the New York Times explains, these types of settlements typically include iron-clad confidentiality and nondisparagement clauses. Rachel Witlieb Bernstein says it was O'Reilly who didn'... More »

Married Prof Met Firefighters on Tinder, Then Things Got Ugly

Melissa Ann Santana arrested on charges of felony stalking, making false statements

(Newser) - She went by the names Ann, Amanda, and Kendall on Tinder—and some Arizona firefighters apparently swiped the wrong way. The Washington Post has the bizarre story of former Northern Arizona University professor Melissa Ann Santana, who was arrested Oct. 30 on charges of felony stalking and making false... More »

After Twitter Yanks Verified Status, She Cites Holocaust

That from Laura Loomer, who along with Richard Spencer and others lost the blue tick

(Newser) - A few Twitter users lost the coveted blue tick on Wednesday after Twitter released new guidelines regarding verified accounts. The move came after the company was attacked for granting verified status to Jason Kessler, who put together the white nationalist rally that rocked Charlottesville in August (and issued this "... More »

Model Says Her Legs Are Getting Her Rape Threats

Arvida Byström poses for Adidas ad with unshaved legs

(Newser) - A Swedish model says she's faced an onslaught of online harassment after daring to pose for an Adidas advertising campaign with unshaved legs, the BBC reports. "Literally I've been getting rape threats in my DM inbox," 26-year-old Arvida Byström writes on Instagram . The ad for... More »

Google CEO Calls Off Meeting Amid Alt-Right Fears

Workers said they were worried about harassment

(Newser) - Google CEO Sundar Pichai planned to address the controversy over an anti-diversity memo at an all-employee town hall meeting—but he called it off after workers said they were worried about online harassment. Pichai said questions from employees had been leaked and their identities had been published on alt-right websites,... More »

Twitter Not Suspending Trump's Account Over CNN Tweet

Many are calling for president to be banned from the social media service

(Newser) - Following President Trump's latest tweet controversy, many are flocking to Twitter to suggest the POTUS be banned from the social media service, Elite Daily reports. Users are suggesting that Trump's tweets, including the recent one showing a WWE wrestling video in which he appears to clobber "CNN,... More »

Trooper Allegedly Tried to Get a Date, Got Arrested Instead

Eric Richardson accused of lying about 'harassing' stops

(Newser) - A New Jersey state trooper is accused of repeatedly pulling over women in order to pressure them into a date. Sound familiar? That's because another NJ state trooper was accused last year of doing the very same thing , though in a different part of the state. In this case,... More »

Man Who Says He's Sick of Being Honked at Files Suit

Ohio's Garrick Krlich says city workers have honked at his home for decade to harass him

(Newser) - Friends driving by your house and honking a friendly hello: cool. City and county officials and employees honking for almost 10 years as they drive by to get back at you for placing a bid on a house: not so cool. Per Courthouse News Service , that's the claim of... More »

Speech Began With 'What a Traitorous B----!' An Ovation Followed

Sandra Jansen rallies colleagues against harassment

(Newser) - It's not often that a room full of bickering lawmakers rises together in a standing ovation, but then it's not often one begins a political speech with "What a traitorous b----!" That's exactly what a Canadian lawmaker did in the Alberta legislature on Tuesday. Sandra... More »

Game Developer Sues Online 'Harassers' for $18M

Digital Homicide founders say they've been stalked, harassed, and threatened online

(Newser) - Carping about a video game online to other players may be routine in the gaming world, but being sued by the game's developer isn't. But that's what may be in store for some online commenters who complained about Arizona's Digital Homicide Studios, a game-maker founded by... More »

NJ GOP Candidate Reportedly Calls for Journalist's Rape

Mike Krawitz claims his account was hacked

(Newser) - A Republican running for office in New Jersey allegedly told a Daily Beast journalist he hoped she'd be raped. After she shared a story about Donald Trump's ex-wife, Marla Maples, reporter Olivia Nuzzi says Mike Krawitz sent her threatening messages reading , "I. Hope. Somebody. Rapes. You. Today.... More »

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