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Cops: Cabbie Raped 12-Year-Old Passenger

Rafael Martinez, 32, is facing multiple charges

(Newser) - A New York cabbie was arrested Tuesday for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in the backseat of his car, People reports. A police source says Rafael Martinez, 32, picked up the girl in his livery cab Monday to take her home from her grandmother's—and, according to the girl,...

Feds: We Just Arrested 3 R. Kelly Associates

Authorities say witnesses were being bribed, harassed, and intimidated

(Newser) - Three alleged R. Kelly associates are now, like him, behind bars—accused of trying to manipulate women who accuse him of sex crimes, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Federal prosecutors say they've charged Richard Arline Jr., 31, Donnell Russell, 45, and Michael Williams, 37, in separate schemes of trying to...

Accuser: Bill Clinton Was With 2 'Young Girls'
Accuser: Bill Clinton
Was With 2 'Young Girls'
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Accuser: Bill Clinton Was With 2 'Young Girls'

'Orgies were a constant thing,' says Virginia Giuffre

(Newser) - Jeffrey Epstein's most prominent accuser says she once saw Bill Clinton with "two young girls" on an island used for sex orgies, Newsweek reports. In newly unsealed court documents, Virginia Giuffre responds to a lawyer who asked whether she recalled Epstein talking about the former president owing him...

Madeleine McCann Probe Leads to 'Hidden Cellar'

'It's gruesome and I find it chilling'

(Newser) - A site involved in the Madeleine McCann investigation has led authorities to a "hidden cellar," Sky News reports. German police discovered the deep, 50-foot-wide hole in an allotment garden at a holiday chalet in Seelze, roughly 5 miles northwest of Hanover. Little else is known, but police say...

Ghislaine Maxwell Has Secret Spouse: Prosecutor

The accused sex offender won't reveal her husband's name, it seems

(Newser) - Ghislaine Maxwell might have had company while hiding out all this time. Prosecutors say the accused sex offender is secretly married and refuses to reveal the name of her spouse, the New York Post reports. "In addition to failing to describe in any way the absence of proposed co-signers...

MythBusters' Adam Savage Is Hit by a Major Accusation

But Savage's mother says she supports her son

(Newser) - Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage is facing a terrible accusation—and from his sister, no less. Miranda Pacchiana filed a lawsuit Tuesday in New York state accusing her brother of "repeatedly" sexually abusing her as a child, USA Today reports. According to the suit, Savage "would repeatedly rape Miranda...

Danny Masterson Arrested on Multiple Rape Charges

The former 'That 70s Show' actor faces up to 45 years in prison

(Newser) - Actor Danny Masterson has been hit with three charges of rape for incidents ranging from 2001 to 2003, Los Angeles prosecutors said Wednesday. The former That 70s Show actor is accused of raping three women at his Hollywood Hills home: a 23-year-old sometime in 2001, a 28-year-old in April 2003...

Felon to Be Released Due to Gender Change

Josie Smith will be released due to lack of male hormones

(Newser) - It's all in the hormones, apparently. A convicted sex criminal won't be serving a full prison sentence in Iowa after changing gender identity from male to female, KYouTV reports. Joseph Matthew Smith—now Josie Smith—was sent to prison in December 2015 after molesting up to 15 children,...

Cops: Woman Posed as Boy, Seduced Teen Girls

Gemma Watts, 21, may have sexually assaulted up to 50 victims, police say

(Newser) - A 21-year-old UK woman has been accused of posing as a teen boy, grooming four teen girls online, then meeting up with and sexually assaulting them—and cops say she could have as many as 50 victims all together. Per the BBC , police say Gemma Watts pretended she was 16-year-old...

Weinstein's Trial Starts, and It's Already Complicated


As Weinstein
Trial Starts,
Big New
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As Weinstein Trial Starts, Big New Charges

He is charged with rape in California as New York case is getting underway

(Newser) - The # MeToo movement was born of sexual misconduct and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein from dozens of women—and on Monday, the disgraced film producer's criminal trial began in Manhattan. If convicted, Weinstein faces a long prison sentence. If acquitted, however, his legal trouble may not be over:...

Cops Make Huge Find in Pedo Suspect's Closet

The German case makes international news

(Newser) - Police searching the home of a suspected pedophile got a huge surprise when they opened a closet—and found a missing teenage boy, Deutsche Welle reports. Police stumbled on the 15-year-old Friday in Recklinghausen, a small city in Germany, and identified him as someone who vanished from a shelter in...

Epstein Video Turns Up
Epstein Prison Video Emerges

Epstein Prison Video Emerges

Nicholas Tartaglione's lawyer is 'very pleased'

(Newser) - Looks like there's video footage of Jeffrey Epstein's cell after all. This after federal prosecutors said earlier in the week that footage around his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan had gone missing, CNBC reports. "We are very pleased the video was preserved, as we...

Lawyer to British Royal: Your Name Was Used as Bait

Gloria Allred writes striking letter to Prince Andrew

(Newser) - Dear Prince Andrew: Your name was used in an attempt to lure a 15-year-old girl to a sex fiend's Caribbean hideaway. That's the upshot of a letter written to the British royal by a Jeffrey Epstein accuser's lawyer, the New York Post reports. "Your Royal Highness,...

Before His Hearing, R. Kelly Couldn't Be Found

The singer pleads not guilty in a New York federal court

(Newser) - Perhaps not a big surprise, but R. Kelly pleaded not guilty Friday on multiple charges and was denied bail. The singer appeared in a New York federal court on a five-count indictment involving alleged sex crimes, including sexual exploitation of underage girls, while two girlfriends attended "for moral support"...

Eminent Lawyer Has TMI Moment on Fox News

Alan Dershowitz defends his 'perfect sex life'

(Newser) - Alan Dershowitz surprised TV viewers Thursday with a defense of his "perfect, perfect sex life." Appearing on Fox News, the celebrated lawyer denied having sex with a minor who claims she was prostituted by convicted sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein, the New York Post reports. The accuser, Virginia Giuffe,...

15-Year-Old Told Him She'd Been Raped. Then, This

Neil David Kimball is probably facing a 3-year sentence

(Newser) - This time, Neil David Kimball is likely going to prison. Accused of raping a teenage girl, the veteran LA detective pleaded guilty last week to lighter charges that should trigger a three-year sentence—after he skirted charges on two earlier allegations, the New York Times reports. The Ventura County district...

Bill Clinton: I Knew Nothing of Epstein's 'Terrible Crimes'

He admits traveling with financier

(Newser) - Bill Clinton—one of numerous powerful people with links to Jeffrey Epstein—says he flew on the financier's plane, but knew nothing about his "terrible crimes." In a statement, the former president said that when he flew on Epstein's plane, he was unaware of the crimes...

He Molested 11-Year-Old Girl. He'll See No Time Behind Bars

The girl tested positive for chlamydia after sexual encounter with Joseph Meili of Missouri

(Newser) - Joseph Meili's lawyer is praising a "just outcome" for his client in a case prosecutors slam as one of "willful ignorance." And the 22-year-old Missouri man's crime is a heinous one: Per the Springfield News-Leader and Washington Post , Meili pleaded guilty last week to third-degree...

5-Year-Old Left Paralyzed by Rape Shocks a Nation

Her case highlights the struggle of prosecuting sex crimes in Sierra Leone

(Newser) - At first no one knew why the 5-year-old girl could no longer move her legs or control her urine. For months she lay on the ground, unable to walk or play. Some blamed witchcraft but the real reason was more horrific: The child had been brutally raped and left paralyzed...

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Won't Keep Her $500K

Activist Nadia Murad will be donating it to help sex crime survivors

(Newser) - If any Nobel Prize winners strive for the award solely for the money, Nadia Murad isn't among them. The Hill reports the 25-year-old Yazidi human rights activist, who shared this year's Peace Prize with Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege, will be giving her $500,000 portion of the Nobel...

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