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Academy Prez Faces Multiple Claims of Sexual Harassment

John Bailey being investigated by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

(Newser) - The man overseeing the Academy's response to the #MeToo movement is now facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment, sources tell Variety and the Hollywood Reporter . The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences opened a probe into its president, John Bailey, Wednesday after receiving three harassment claims regarding him.... More »

Arnold Accuses Oil Companies of 'Knowingly Killing' People

Schwarzenegger says he's going after Big Oil for 'first-degree murder'

(Newser) - Like Big Tobacco, Big Oil has been complicit in "knowingly killing people all over the world," due to the global warming caused by fossil fuels, and they're about to be held accountable for it, per one of California's most high-profile ex-governors. Arnold Schwarzenegger recorded a live... More »

The Army Would Please Like These Kisses to Stop

No more smooching soldiers on St. Patrick's Day in Savannah

(Newser) - The Army wants to halt a favorite St. Patrick's Day shenanigan in Savannah that for decades has left marching soldiers with cheeks smeared in bright red lipstick. Roughly 200 soldiers from nearby Fort Stewart plan to take part in the March 17 parade, which organizers say could draw 500,... More »

US Forest Service Chief Retires Amid Sex Misconduct Claims

Tony Tooke says it's best to 'make way for a new leader' after PBS investigation

(Newser) - After just six months on the job, the head of the US Forest Service is stepping down after a PBS probe revealed not only claims of sexual harassment and assault throughout the agency in general, but also accusations of misconduct against Tony Tooke himself, PBS reports. Tooke's retirement, which... More »

Oscars Kick Off With #MeToo, Politics, and ... a Jet Ski

Watercraft up for grabs for shortest acceptance speech, per Jimmy Kimmel

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel kicked off the 90th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre, his second turn hosting, by first riffing on last year's Academy Awards—specifically, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway messing up the best picture announcement . "This year when you hear your name called, don't get up... More »

Magazine Raises Idea of Impeaching Thomas

Jill Abramson makes the case in 'New York' because of his 'lies' under oath

(Newser) - Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson authors a controversial new cover story for New York magazine, and the headline pretty much explains all: "The Case for Impeaching Clarence Thomas." The lengthy piece revisits the Supreme Court justice's infamous confirmation hearings, along with the allegations of... More »

#MeToo Lawmaker Faces 'Spin the Bottle' Accusation

Staffers say there was pressure to drink in Cristina Garcia's office

(Newser) - A former aide is suing California assemblywoman and #MeToo advocate Cristina Garcia, claiming the Democrat fired him for not wanting to play "spin the bottle" in her hotel room after a night of heavy drinking at a fundraiser in 2014. David John Kernick says he was written up for... More »

Trump: Lives Being 'Shattered' by Assault Allegations

'There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone'

(Newser) - President Trump on Saturday seemed to frame the downfall of a pivotal aide accused of abusing his wives as a character assassination, adding to the tumult that has engulfed the White House, splintered staff, and imperiled chief of staff John Kelly. Trump vented in a tweet that appeared to take... More »

Lawmaker, #MeToo Advocate Under Investigation for Groping

The 'hypocrisy was really hard to stomach,' says alleged victim

(Newser) - One of the women featured in Time's December issue honoring the #MeToo movement is herself facing multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, who chairs the Legislative Women's Caucus, has risen to national prominence with her advocacy for victims of sexual assault and harassment, counting herself... More »

Upton: I Had 2 Options—Wiggle Away or Punch CEO of Guess

Supermodel details allegations against Paul Marciano in interview with 'Time'

(Newser) - Kate Upton didn't offer specifics when she posted a #MeToo tweet about Guess co-founder Paul Marciano last month, but now she's talking in an interview with Time . The supermodel says Marciano's pattern of sexual assault and harassment, which photographer Yu Tsai confirms he witnessed, took place starting... More »

State Lawmaker Earns Dubious Honor With a #MeToo Burn

Arizona Rep. Don Shooter may be first state lawmaker to be voted out for sex misconduct

(Newser) - The Arizona House voted Thursday to expel a Republican lawmaker after a report ordered by legislative leaders of his own party showed he engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment toward women. Rep. Don Shooter of Yuma is believed to be the first state lawmaker in the US to be... More »

Supermodel Kate Upton Goes After Fashion Giant

She accuses Guess co-founder Paul Marciano of 'sexually and emotionally' harassing women

(Newser) - Kate Upton, a former face of the fashion brand Guess, has taken to social media to accuse co-founder Paul Marciano of "sexually and emotionally" harassing women. "It's disappointing that such an iconic women's brand @GUESS is still empowering Paul Marciano as their creative director #metoo,"... More »

After Girl's Death, Evidence Suggests a Serial Killer of Kids

Pakistan rocked by brutal rape and killing of Zainab Ansari

(Newser) - The brutal rape and killing of Zainab Ansari, a 7-year-old girl whose body was left in a garbage dump, has unleashed a wave of revulsion around Pakistan, revealing a string of child abductions and killings by a suspected serial predator and generating outrage at a culture of silence surrounding sexual... More »

Ann Curry: Harassment Was Pervasive at NBC

She is 'not surprised' by the Matt Lauer allegations

(Newser) - Ann Curry for the first time addressed the sexual harassment scandal involving her former NBC co-host Matt Lauer, and one quote from her Wednesday interview on CBS This Morning is getting much attention: "I am not surprised by the allegations." Curry, while attempting to be tactful ("I'... More »

Does Coercion Equal 'Rape'? 2 Takes on Aziz Ansari

Bari Weiss says allegation trivializes #MeToo movement

(Newser) - When Sezin Koehler first read that Aziz Ansari made a date feel "violated," she thought, "This isn't sexual assault. This is several bad dates I have been on in the past." It was then that Koehler remembered what she calls a "scarily similar" encounter—... More »

Neeson: Allegations Against Hoffman Are 'Childhood Stuff'

He calls sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood 'a bit of a witch hunt'

(Newser) - Echoing sentiments shared by French actress Catherine Deneuve earlier this week, Liam Neeson on Friday called sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood "a bit of a witch hunt," the Guardian reports. The actor, during an interview on Ireland's The Late Late Show, used Garrison Keillor and Dustin Hoffman... More »

Cosby Shakes Hand, Makes #MeToo Comment

Comedian brought up #MeToo at Wednesday dinner

(Newser) - Bill Cosby referenced the #MeToo movement after a dinner at an Italian restaurant in Philadelphia on Wednesday, reports the AP . The 80-year-old comedian was dining with an old friend and his publicist, and some members of the media were invited to document the event. The Philadelphia Inquirer —which dubbed... More »

#MeToo Dress Code Is Moving to Capitol Hill

Rep. Jackie Speier, other Dems encouraging black attire for President Trump's State of the Union

(Newser) - The red carpet turned dark at the Golden Globes on Sunday, where the majority of celebrities dressed in all black to recognize the sexual misconduct issue in Hollywood marked by the "#MeToo" and "Time's Up" movements. Now it's Congress' turn, with an invite from the House... More »

Colbert Asks Franco About Sexual Misconduct Allegations

'I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy'

(Newser) - James Franco was one of the "ladies and remaining gentlemen" Seth Meyers welcomed to the Golden Globes on Sunday—but he has been facing accusations of sexual misconduct ever since. During the awards show, Ally Sheedy called out the actor/director in a now-deleted series of #MeToo tweets, wondering why... More »

Actress Who Wore Red Takes Flak After Globes

Blanca Blanco didn't like being shamed for color choice on a night noting Me Too movement

(Newser) - Nearly every star attending the Golden Globes wore black as a statement against sexual misconduct in Hollywood—so one red dress didn't blend in on the red carpet. Actress Blanca Blanco ditched the black dress code for a red cutout dress and soon saw heat on social media. Others... More »

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