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2nd Woman Recounts Pickup Line by Hoffman - Page 2

'Wendy, have you ever been intimate with a man over 40?' she recalls him saying at meeting
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2017 12:50 PM CDT

  • British stunner: The fallout has reached the highest ranks of British politics with the resignation of defense chief Michael Fallon, who apologized for repeatedly touching a female reporter's leg during a dinner in 2002, reports Bloomberg. And CNN adds that more allegations against him were expected. What was "acceptable 15, 10 years ago is clearly not acceptable now," he said. The fallout is widening across party lines in Britain as women come forward with stories.
  • Old Vic knew? Multiple people who worked at the Old Vic theater in London tell the Guardian that the theater hushed up stories of Spacey groping and otherwise acting inappropriately toward young men. "We were all involved with keeping it quiet," one former Old Vic employee says. (An actor says he had some "nasty encounters" with Spacey at Old Vic.)
  • Anita Hill's take: The woman who accused Clarence Thomas of harassment when he was a Supreme Court nominee thinks the Hollywood charges are resonating because people know the "casting couch" reputation and thus find the stories believable, she tells the New Yorker. When the accusations are against a political figure, as hers were, they often get viewed through a partisan political lens. The key now, she says, is to "transfer the believability" from celebs to everyday women.
  • Toughen the laws: It's time to strengthen the nation's sexual harassment laws, writes Erwin Chemerinsky at the Sacramento Bee. He offers some suggestions: "Congress can amend or add to federal anti-discrimination law by explicitly authorizing suits against alleged harassers," and confidentiality agreements in settlement of sexual harassment claims should be outlawed.
(Read more sexual harassment stories.)

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