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Warren Has a Contract for Bloomberg to Sign

Document releases former employees from NDAs

(Newser) - A legal expert has written a contract that Michael Bloomberg can sign to release former Bloomberg employees from nondisclosure agreements—and her name is Elizabeth Warren. The senator, who passed the bar examination in 1976 and has taught law at several universities, unveiled the contract at a CNN town hall... More »

Ousted CEO Sues Grammys

Deborah Dugan describes harassment, conflicts of interest at Recording Academy

(Newser) - Ousted days before the Grammys , former Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan is hitting back. In a 46-page complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Dugan claims she was put on leave after complaining of "egregious" conflicts of interest; a "boys' club" mentality; and sexual harassment by the... More »

Woman Boards Plane, Gets Text: 'Want to Sit Next to Me?'

Ashley Barno accuses American Airlines of negligent hiring after enduring harassment

(Newser) - Ashley Barno was waiting to board an American Airlines flight from San Diego to Chicago when the texts flooded in. An unknown sender said hello, complimented Barno's appearance, and noted he'd been watching her at San Diego International. "You are looking very gorgeous in grey top today!... More »

Investigation Follows Lawmaker's Comments to Reporter

State senator told journalist she 'could have a lot of fun' with visiting high school boys

(Newser) - What Allison Donahue wanted was to ask a Michigan state senator whether he was a member of a Facebook group that put up posts advocating violence against Democrats and Muslims. What she got from Peter Lucido, who was hosting students from an all-boys school at the time, was a suggestion... More »

Director Detained in France's Shocking #MeToo Accusation

Adele Haenel accused Christophe Ruggia last year, now he's in custody

(Newser) - A French filmmaker is in custody while authorities investigate accusations that he sexually abused an actress when she was between 12 and 15 years old, the AP reports. Director Christophe Ruggia was detained for questioning Tuesday based on allegations last year by actress Adele Haenel , according to the Paris prosecutor'... More »

Investigation Finds Allegations Against Smiley Covering Years

PBS commissioned outside report on sexual harassment accusations

(Newser) - For years, Tavis Smiley had sexual relationships with guests and staff members on his talk show, in addition to sexually harassing and inappropriately touching women, a PBS report says. The 500-page report was based on an external investigation commissioned by PBS and released Friday, Deadline reports, as part of the... More »

Assistant Says Mayor Is Firing Her for Ending Relationship

Suspended employee fights dismissal

(Newser) - Melanie McDade-Dickens was "an exemplary employee," her lawyer says, with no marks on her record until she told her boss—the mayor—that she was ending their romantic relationship. That got her escorted out of Inglewood City Hall and suspended in July; in November she got a letter... More »

Uber Will Pay $4.4M to End Sexual Harassment Probe

Female employees could be eligible for payouts

(Newser) - Uber will establish a $4.4 million fund to settle a federal investigation into allegations that the San Francisco company allowed a rampant culture of sexual harassment, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Wednesday. The agreement ends an investigation launched in 2017 in which the commission found reasonable cause... More »

Harvey Weinstein: 'My Work Has Been Forgotten'

He complains that his legacy of helping female directors has been overshadowed

(Newser) - Alleged rapist Harvey Weinstein would prefer to be referred to as legendary Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The 67-year-old, who is accused of assaulting or harassing at least 80 women, displayed a jarring lack of self-awareness in a New York Post interview, complaining that he feels like the "forgotten man"... More »

Gretchen Carlson Urges Fox to Release Her From NDA

'I want my voice back'

(Newser) - Gretchen Carlson says that three years after suing former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes for sexual harassment, she finds herself in a surreal situation: Her story has been turned into a movie and a TV mini-series, but she's banned from talking about her experiences. "Three years ago, receiving... More »

Fox Nation Host Files Sexual Harassment Suit

Britt McHenry says complaints were ignored

(Newser) - Roger Ailes is gone, but the sexual harassment allegations at Fox News live on. Fox Nation host Britt McHenry filed a lawsuit against the network and former co-host George "Tyrus" Murdoch on Tuesday, saying Murdoch harassed her and Fox failed to deal with her complaints, the New York Times... More »

New Harassment Complaint Riles CBS

Broti Gupta, a young writer, says she felt forced to quit her job

(Newser) - Two women have quit their jobs after yet another sexual harassment complaint at CBS, the New York Times reports. Broti Gupta, a writer on Carol's Second Act, complained in September that executive producer David Hunt—husband of the show's star, Patricia Heaton—got handsy with her on two... More »

A #MeToo Moment on Survivor

Contestant Dan Spilo accused of being too handsy

(Newser) - Reality TV got quite real Wednesday night during a double episode of Survivor, with an unexpected dose of #MeToo. People reports on the "major scandal" to touch the CBS show involving contestant Dan Spilo, a 48-year-old Hollywood talent manager, and some of his fellow tribe members. Multiple contestants accused... More »

French Movie Industry Has Shocking #MeToo Moment

Actress Adele Haenel says director Christophe Ruggia sexually harassed her when she was a child

(Newser) - A French actress who's won two of her country's Oscars just dropped a #MeToo shocker. The BBC reports Adele Haenel, 30, now says that between the ages of 12 and 15 she was sexually harassed and inappropriately touched by Christophe Ruggia, the director of her first film, The ... More »

Former Fox Employees Want to Be Released From NDAs

Gretchen Carlson, Julie Roginsky talk to CBS This Morning

(Newser) - NBC said last week it would release former employees from their non-disclosure agreements if asked, and now six former Fox News employees are asking that network to do the same. Among those employees are Gretchen Carlson and Julie Roginsky, who spoke to CBS News about their request. "The way... More »

Principal, 15 Others Sentenced to Death for Killing Student

Bangladesh woman had refused to drop sexual harassment charges

(Newser) - A court in eastern Bangladesh sentenced the principal of an Islamic school and 15 others to death on Thursday over the killing of an 18-year-old woman who was set on fire for refusing to drop sexual harassment charges against the principal. Judge Mamunur Rashid found Principal Siraj Ud Doula and... More »

Top Warren Staffer Fired Over 'Multiple Complaints'

National Organizing Director Rich McDaniel is let go

(Newser) - Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign has dismissed its national organizing director following "multiple complaints" of inappropriate behavior, the AP reports. Spokeswoman Kristen Orthman says the campaign received complaints about Rich McDaniel over the past two weeks and retained outside counsel to conduct an investigation. McDaniel was fired after the... More »

Al Franken Hit With an Anonymous Accusation

Her story was contained inside a larger NYMag story

(Newser) - This week's New York Magazine cover story looks at women and men who went public with their stories of sexual assault and harassment—and what happened next. For one woman, the "next" never happened. Explaining that "not everyone speaks out," the piece introduces a woman who... More »

Makeup Artist: I Used Mirror as a Shield Against Charlie Rose

Gina Riggi hits 77-year-old with lawsuit, claiming sexual harassment, 'abusive behavior'

(Newser) - New troubles for Charlie Rose , this time from his former longtime makeup artist. USA Today and the Washington Post report on a complaint filed by 62-year-old Gina Riggi, who says she worked as an independent contractor for Rose for more than 20 years and was subjected to "a pattern... More »

Gizmo to Deter Groping Sells Out in 30 Minutes

Device in Japan leaves a temporary mark in special ink

(Newser) - Just how bad is the problem of groping on public transportation in Japan? A new device meant as a deterrent sold out in a trial run of 500 in just 30 minutes, reports CNN . The device allows women to leave a mark of sorts on gropers—the idea is that... More »

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