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Chef Charged With Indecent Exposure at Women's Event

SC's Mike Ray is seeking counseling after allegedly dropping his pants

(Newser) - Someone should tell Mike Ray that if he wants to be the "life of the party," he should try wearing a lampshade on his head, not dropping trou. At least not at an event for women-owned businesses, which is where WYFF reports the South Carolina chef allegedly decided... More »

Silverman: CK Masturbated in Front of Me, With My Blessing

Sarah Silverman is already walking back her new tale of her old friend

(Newser) - "Can you love someone who did bad things?" That was the query Sarah Silverman posed a year ago when her longtime pal, fellow comic Louis CK , got caught in the #MeToo maelstrom after admitting he'd masturbated in front of women. On Monday, on Howard Stern's SiriusXM show,... More »

Named Among 'S---ty Media Men,' Writer Hits Back

Stephen Elliott suing for $1.5M in damages

(Newser) - The women who anonymously contributed to a list of men in media accused of sexual misconduct could have their identities revealed if writer Stephen Elliott gets his way. He's one of 74 males included in the Google spreadsheet "S---ty Media Men" that circulated last October , and he filed... More »

Rose McGowan: I Spent 20 Years 'Plotting Revenge' for Weinstein

Actress also blasts Hollywood 'losers,' denies she called #MeToo 'a lie'

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Rose McGowan commemorated the anniversary of #MeToo, "one of the hardest years of my life" and "a year of triggering for so many." As for the movement itself, an interview in the Sunday Times Magazine over the weekend painted the 45-year-old actress as coming down... More »

Trump on 'Wacky' Al Franken: He Folded 'Like a Wet Rag'

President made his remarks at Minnesota rally Thursday night

(Newser) - It's been almost a year since Al Franken left the Senate after sexual misconduct allegations were lobbed against him by several women, and it's been nearly that long since President Trump last tweeted about the former Minnesota senator. On Thursday night, however, Trump paid a visit to Franken'... More »

16-Year-Old Gets 4.5 Years in Jail for Kissing 13-Year-Old

Turkish judge throws teen in the slammer for hugging, kissing girl in schoolyard

(Newser) - An expert report cites the "impulse of puberty" for a teen's actions that brought him to trial, but that excuse didn't get the 16-year-old off the hook for a sexual assault charge. The boy's crime of apparent passion, per Gulf News , was kissing a 13-year-old girl,... More »

Comey: Week Deadline Is 'Idiotic,' but FBI Can Do It

'It's not as hard as Republicans hope it will be'

(Newser) - If lawmakers really want to know the truth behind the Brett Kavanaugh allegations, giving the FBI only a week to conduct an investigation is "idiotic," James Comey writes in a New York Times op-ed—but he has faith in the agency's abilities. "If truth were the... More »

Ford to Describe Most Terrifying Moment of Alleged Attack

Details of assault 'have been seared into my memory'

(Newser) - Millions of Americans— including President Trump —will be watching Thursday's high-stakes Senate Judiciary Committee starting at 10am Eastern. In a hearing room that seats a few dozen spectators, Christine Blasey Ford, who says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, will be the... More »

5th Accusation to Hit Kavanaugh Is Recanted

As he calls the 4th 'total Twilight Zone'

(Newser) - Brett Kavanaugh firmly denied a fourth and a fifth allegation of sexual misconduct—one of which was later recanted—in a Tuesday conference call with Senate Judiciary Committee investigators, according to a transcript released late Wednesday. In one claim, made in an anonymous letter sent to Republican Sen. Cory Gardner,... More »

Here's What Kavanaugh's 3rd Accuser Alleges

Julie Swetnick's sworn declaration is released by Michael Avenatti

(Newser) - Michael Avenatti on Wednesday tweeted a copy of a sworn declaration from Julie Swetnick—the third woman to accuse Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. In it, she describes meeting Kavanaugh and Mark Judge—friends so close they were "joined at the hip"—around 1980 or 1981 at a... More »

GOP Congressman Makes 'Inappropriate' Joke About RBG, Lincoln

SC rep Ralph Norman's 'groping' humor isn't going over well

(Newser) - "Scattered nervous laughter" was the first response to a joke a GOP congressman made during an election debate in South Carolina on Thursday, notes Roll Call . But disgust and "condemnation" took over afterward toward what some called an "inappropriate" reference to sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court... More »

Anita Hill Offers Advice to Senators

Have a neutral investigation done, and don't rush

(Newser) - The Senate Judiciary Committee has invited Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, to testify on Monday . Too soon, writes Anita Hill in the New York Times . In an op-ed offering senators advice on how to proceed from her unique perspective, Hill suggests that senators first employ a neutral,... More »

A Famous Alum Backs Kavanaugh's Accuser

Julia Louis-Dreyfus signs letter in support of Christine Blasey Ford

(Newser) - Julia Louis-Dreyfus has joined more than 200 other alumnae of Maryland’s Holton-Arms School in signing an open letter in support of Christine Blasey Ford, a Holton graduate who accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers. "We believe Dr. Blasey Ford and... More »

Kavanaugh: My Accuser Is Wrong

Kellyanne Conway says the woman should not be ignored or insulted

(Newser) - Brett Kavanaugh doubled down Monday on his denial of a sexual misconduct allegation going back to his high school days. "This is a completely false allegation," Kavanaugh said in a statement cited by CNN . "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or... More »

Kavanaugh's Accuser Is Willing to Testify Before Senate

GOP senator Jeff Flake says she should be heard before a vote takes place

(Newser) - Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court no longer appears to be a sure thing. After detailed accusations from a woman who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both teenagers were published Sunday, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee said he was... More »

Terry Crews Gets 'Accountability' From Alleged Assaulter

Actor posts apology from agent Adam Venit after announcement of Venit stepping down from WME

(Newser) - Terry Crews long ago got his apology from the Hollywood agent he says groped him at a 2016 party. Now he's sharing Adam Venit's atonement letter, which Crews says he received in March, with the world. On Twitter Friday, Crews posted the full letter , in which Venit notes... More »

Billionaire Founder of JD.com Arrested on Sexual Misconduct Claims

Liu Qiangdong released, but investigation continues

(Newser) - A Chinese billionaire was arrested in Minneapolis late Friday on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct, the AP reports. Liu Qiangdong, also known as Richard Liu, founder of Beijing-based e-commerce site JD.com, was released Saturday. Minneapolis police wouldn't give details due to the ongoing investigation and told Reuters charges... More »

A Somber Colbert Does Not Have His Boss' Back

Amid Leslie Moonves scandal, host says accountability must apply to everyone

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert returned from vacation Monday and addressed the sexual misconduct allegations against his boss, CBS exec Leslie Moonves. In this video clip , Colbert says he doesn't know what the fallout will be, because "in a situation like this, I'd normally call Les," per Deadline . In... More »

Former FEMA Official Accused of Disturbing Behavior

Corey Coleman allegedly harassed subordinates, hired frat brothers

(Newser) - The conduct of FEMA's former personnel chief was definitely sleazy and possibly criminal, according to a damning internal investigation seen by the Washington Post and the AP . Corey Coleman—who resigned weeks ago, before the investigation concluded—allegedly sexually harassed subordinates, hired unqualified fraternity brothers and women he met... More »

After Bombshell Allegations, Moonves' Wife Defends Him

Julie Chen says CBS exec is 'kind, decent and moral'

(Newser) - Leslie Moonves has at least one high-profile defender in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations leveled against the CBS head honcho. It's his wife, Julie Chen, reports People . “I have known my husband, Leslie Moonves, since the late ’90s, and I have been married to him for... More »

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