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YouTube Lays Down Hammer on Russell Brand

Social media platform won't let comedian, accused of sexual assault, make money off his channels

(Newser) - Russell Brand's agency has bid him farewell , and promoters have called off his remaining comedy tour dates in the UK in the wake of new sexual-assault allegations against him, and now YouTube has delivered its own blow: The social media platform has blocked the 48-year-old comedian's main channel,...

Fallout Begins for Russell Brand
Russell Brand
Dropped by Agency

Russell Brand Dropped by Agency

Fallout begins after sexual assault allegations

(Newser) - The day after allegations of sexual assault against Russell Brand were made public, the comedian's agency severed all ties with him. "Russell Brand categorically and vehemently denied the allegation made in 2020, but we now believe we were horribly misled by him," Tavistock Wood Management Agency said...

After Arrest, OB-GYN Was Allowed to Keep Working at Columbia

Robert Hadden got 20 years for abusing women, but it's Ivy League's role that's raising eyebrows

(Newser) - In July, OB-GYN Robert Hadden was sentenced to 20 years behind bars after being convicted of federal sexual abuse charges, with hundreds of victims reportedly left in his wake. A disturbing new deep dive from ProPublica , however, reveals that the prison sentence came despite, not thanks to, Hadden's employer...

Russell Brand Faces Allegations of Sexual Assault

Comedian says his relationships have always been consensual

(Newser) - Four women have accused Russell Brand of rape and sexual assault, allegations revealed Saturday in a joint investigation by UK news outlets. The actor and comedian denied the accusations, saying his relationships have been "always consensual," the BBC reports. The women said they were assaulted between 2006 and...

Women Say Culture Is Toxic at Antarctica Post

AP conducts a lengthy investigation of sexual harassment, assault at a very remote outpost

(Newser) - The howling winds and perpetual darkness of the Antarctic winter were easing when mechanic Liz Monahon at McMurdo Station grabbed a hammer. If those in charge weren't going to protect her from the man she feared would kill her, she figured she needed to protect herself. So she kept...

'I Froze:' Understanding the Common Rape Response
'I Froze:'
the Common
Rape Response

'I Froze:' Understanding the Common Rape Response

'New York Times Magazine' explores the unconscious reflex of 'tonic immobility'

(Newser) - "I froze." Those words, or something close to them, are frequently heard from rape victims after the assault, writes Jen Percy in the New York Times Magazine . They often lead to judgments from investigators and even loved ones. You didn't fight back? Victims might similarly judge themselves....

Kevin Spacey Weeps as He's Found Not Guilty
Kevin Spacey Weeps
as He's Found Not Guilty

Kevin Spacey Weeps as He's Found Not Guilty

Actor is acquitted of sexual assault charges by a London jury

(Newser) - Kevin Spacey didn't just get emotional inside a London courtroom Wednesday when he was acquitted of sexual assault. Spacey shook the hands of several jurors on his way out of the building and kissed two security guards on the cheek before making a statement, per the New York Times ...

Spacey Latched on 'Like a Cobra': Accuser

One man says he awoke to find the actor performing oral sex on him

(Newser) - Kevin Spacey took a dramatic pause in his testimony Thursday and appeared to almost choke up as he recalled the "intimate" and "somewhat sexual" friendship he shared with a man now accusing the actor of violently groping him. "I never thought that [the man] I knew would...

Judge Throws Out Sex Case Against Reality TV Doctor

Prosecutor had tried to drop the charges earlier over lack of evidence

(Newser) - Sex charges against a reality TV show doctor and his girlfriend, who had been accused of drugging and raping women in California, have been dismissed. The assault with intent to commit a sexual offense charges against Dr. Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Riley were dropped Friday, the AP reports. Superior Court...

Accuser: Spacey Hit on Me After Goof With His Dog

Actor's sex assault trial continues in the UK

(Newser) - As Kevin Spacey's sex assault trial continues in the UK, the jury on Tuesday heard a recorded police interview given by one of the alleged victims. The Guardian reports that in the interview, the man described being with friends at a pub in the Cotswolds and meeting Spacey there....

Kevin Spacey Faces His Jury
Kevin Spacey Faces His Jury

Kevin Spacey Faces His Jury

Sex assault trial begins at London's Southwark Crown Court

(Newser) - Kevin Spacey looked calm as he arrived at London's Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday to face charges that could see him jailed for life. The Oscar-winning actor, who smiled and waved at reporters, has said he is confident he'll be cleared of all 12 sex offense charges related...

'Global Hero' in Film Hit With Sexual Assault Claim

Tenoch Huerta drops out of film to focus on 'restoring my reputation'

(Newser) - Black Panther: Wakanda Forever actor Tenoch Huerta has dropped out of an upcoming Netflix film to focus on "restoring my reputation" following an accusation of sexual assault. Saxophonist María Elena Ríos described Huerta as "an abuser, manipulator and sexual predator" in recent tweets and accused Poder...

Conor McGregor Accused of Sexual Assault at NBA Finals

UFC fighter allegedly trapped woman in bathroom, forced oral sex, attempted anal rape

(Newser) - The Miami Heat's mascot may not be the only person hurt by Conor McGregor at Game 4 of the NBA finals. A woman has accused the UFC star of "violently" sexually assaulting her in a Kaseya Center bathroom following the June 9 game, per TMZ . In letters sent...

Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Rape Trial Stopped Right Before It Started

Actor settles with woman who said he raped her in New York hotel room a decade ago

(Newser) - Just as a trial was to begin, it was revealed Tuesday that Cuba Gooding Jr. has settled accusations that he raped a woman in a New York City hotel a decade ago, according to court records. The actor had insisted through lawyers that his encounter with the woman was consensual...

Bill Cosby Faces Another New Lawsuit
Bill Cosby
Sued by

Bill Cosby Sued by Another Accuser

And there are possibly more to come

(Newser) - As some states have passed laws extending the statute of limitations for alleged sexual abuse victims to sue, Bill Cosby finds himself facing new sexual assault lawsuits. Cosby, who was released from a Pennsylvania prison in 2021 after a court vacated his sexual assault conviction in that state in a...

Ex-Aide: Giuliani Bullied Me Into Sex, Sold $2M Pardons

Former employee sues in New York, seeking $10M

(Newser) - A former employee of Rudy Giuliani claims he "continually pressured her into sex" as part of a wide-ranging lawsuit, which also details alleged efforts to sell presidential pardons for $2 million. Noelle Dunphy, who served as director of business development for several companies owned by Giuliani beginning in January...

Brooke Shields Reveals Assault by Hollywood Exec

It happened some 30 years ago

(Newser) - "I thought I was getting a movie, a job," says Brooke Shields of the fateful night more than 30 years ago that she dined with an unnamed Hollywood exec. She needed it, having been unable to land much work at the time. Instead, she ended up being sexually...

Actor Turned Alleged Sex Cult Leader Now Also Faces Charges in Canada

Authorities say Nathan Chasing Horse used his 'medicine man' position to abuse young girls

(Newser) - Canadian police confirmed Tuesday they are pursuing a criminal case against a former Dances With Wolves actor who was arrested last week and charged in Nevada with sexually abusing and trafficking Indigenous women and girls. Nathan Chasing Horse, who also goes by Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, was taken into...

2 Years After Sex Abuse Scandal, Armie Hammer Speaks

Actor denies criminal wrongdoing, but he says he's here to 'own my mistakes, take accountability'

(Newser) - There hasn't been much word out of the Armie Hammer camp for nearly two years in the wake of sexual assault accusations that left him a Hollywood pariah . Now, the 36-year-old actor is speaking out in his first interview since the scandal, taking on the allegations and noting, "...

Brooke Shields Details Struggle After Rape

In documentary, actress says she hopes her account helps others

(Newser) - In a new documentary, Brooke Shields says that when she was raped in a hotel room in her 20s, she called on her experience as a sexualized child star. "God knows I knew how to be disassociated from my body," she says. "I'd practiced that."...

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