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Bieber Files Suit: Evidence in My Favor Is 'Indisputable'

26-year-old star is fighting back against sexual assault claims

(Newser) - He said the sexual assault claims against him were "factually impossible." Now, Justin Bieber is determined to prove it. Per legal docs obtained by TMZ , the 26-year-old Canadian singer has filed suit against two Jane Does ostensibly named "Danielle" and "Kadi" who claimed on social media... More »

Bieber Calls Sexual Assault Claim 'Factually Impossible'

2 women post on Twitter about alleged attacks

(Newser) - Two women came forward on Twitter over the weekend with sexual assault claims against Justin Bieber, spurring a response from the 26-year-old Canadian pop star on the same platform—for one of the allegations, at least. Per USA Today , the first accusation came Saturday evening from someone named "Danielle"... More »

Woody Allen Takes a Swing at His Son's Work

The filmmaker calls Farrow's reporting 'shoddy'

(Newser) - With Ronan Farrow on the ropes, his dad is taking a shot of his own. "People are beginning to realize that it isn't just in relation to me that his journalism has been kind of shoddy," Woody Allen tells the Telegraph . "And I'm not so... More »

Judge Banned After Telling Woman to 'Close Your Legs'

NJ Superior Court Judge John Russo can't preside over courtroom anymore

(Newser) - A judge who suggested that a woman seeking a restraining order could "close your legs" to prevent a sexual assault was removed from the bench Tuesday by the New Jersey Supreme Court and permanently barred from presiding over a courtroom. The unanimous decision cited "repeated and serious acts... More »

Epstein 'Madam': Don't Make Me Answer

Ghislaine Maxwell wins a key victory in US court

(Newser) - Looks like Ghislaine Maxwell can breathe a sigh of relief. The alleged madam—who's accused of procuring girls for Jeffrey Epstein's underage sex ring—was granted a stay in questioning Friday for a civil suit filed by a female accuser, Fox News reports. A federal magistrate judge, Debra... More »

Tara Reade's Attorney Just Made a Big Announcement

Douglas Wigdor is dropping Biden accuser as his client, but he's offering few details

(Newser) - The attorney working with Tara Reade, the former Joe Biden Senate staffer who alleged he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s, said Friday he's no longer representing her, just two weeks after he first began working with her. Douglas Wigdor said the decision wasn't a reflection on the... More »

NFL Player: I Was Sexually Assaulted on a United Flight

2 men say attendants ignored their complaints

(Newser) - An NFL player and a second man say they were sexually harassed and assaulted during a late-night flight—and United Airlines flight attendants failed to take their complaints seriously. In a lawsuit filed Monday, the player, identified only as John Doe 1, says he was on a flight from Los... More »

Former WWE Champ Accused of Horrific Sexual Assault

Jose A. Rodriguez Chucuan, aka Alberto Del Rio, arrested in Texas

(Newser) - A professional wrestler is facing charges after a woman accused him of a horrific, hours-long assault, News 4 San Antonio reports. Jose A. Rodriguez Chucuan, 42, known to wrestling fans as Alberto Del Rio, was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, after a woman told police that Chucuan beat her on... More »

Kevin Spacey Compares Your Pain to His Pain

The actor compares his banishment to the pandemic lockdown

(Newser) - Kevin Spacey is back in the news for the first time in months—this time for comparing his professional exile to the lockdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, Mediaite reports. "I don't often like to tell people that I can relate to their situation because I think it... More »

Advocates Vow to Fight New Campus Sexual Assault Rules

DeVos overhaul gives alleged perpetrators more rights

(Newser) - Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has released the department's overhaul of how schools and colleges should handle sexual misconduct complaints—and while some controversial proposals have been watered down, victims' rights groups are still vowing to fight the new rules. Under the new guidelines, which replace some Obama-era policies that... More »

Man Gets 7 Life Sentences for Horrific 3-Week Assault

Nicholas John Crilley is going away for a long time

(Newser) - What Nicholas John Crilley did is hard to read about—so if you have any doubt, please stop here. The Australian was sentenced Friday to seven life sentences for torturing, raping, beating, and burning a woman over three unimaginable weeks, 7 News reports. The 34-year-old's attacks left her so... More »

Biden Accuser: My Report Didn't Say 'Sexual Assault'

Tara Reade says she 'chickened out' at the last minute

(Newser) - Tara Reade, the former Senate staffer who alleges Joe Biden sexually assaulted her 27 years ago, says she filed a limited report with a congressional personnel office that did not explicitly accuse him of sexual assault or harassment. "I remember talking about him wanting me to serve drinks because... More »

Biden Goes on the Record About Tara Reade Accusation

'No, it's not true'

(Newser) - After what the New York Times says were "intensive discussions" within Joe Biden's campaign on how he should best address former aide Tara Reade's sexual assault allegations against him, the former vice president appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe program Friday morning to directly speak to the... More »

Biden to Address the Elephant in the Room

Democratic presidential candidate will discuss Tara Reade's allegations Friday morning

(Newser) - Joe Biden will finally address the sexual assault allegations lobbied against him by former aide Tara Reade. Politico reports the Democratic presidential contender will appear on MSNBC's Morning Joe Friday to break his silence on the matter. Co-host Mika Brzezinski said he would appear at the top of the... More »

Biden Allegations a 'Huge Deal That's Not Going Away'

Candidate is under pressure to address Tara Reade's accusation of sexual assault

(Newser) - Joe Biden has yet to personally address a former aide's allegations that he sexually assaulted her in 1993 , and women's rights groups are running out of patience. Several women's groups prepared a letter earlier this month urging the candidate to address Tara Reade's allegations, but they... More »

2 Women Come Forward to Back Joe Biden Accuser's Story

Former neighbor, colleague say Tara Reade talked to them about alleged harassment

(Newser) - Two more people have come forward to say Tara Reade , the woman who says Joe Biden sexually assaulted her when she was his aide in 1993, talked to them about the alleged incident at the time. "This happened, and I know it did because I remember talking about it,... More »

NYT Grilled by NYT Over Biden Allegations

Editor Dean Baquet defends delay in story about alleged sexual misconduct

(Newser) - Allegations of sexual assault against Joe Biden by a former Senate aide, Tara Reade, got mainstream traction over the weekend when the New York Times , the Washington Post , and NBC News joined the outlets reporting on them. But critics (including supporters of Bernie Sanders and of Supreme Court Justice... More »

Prosecutors Add Felony Charge to Weinstein Case

California officials say they'll keep adding counts if new allegations surface

(Newser) - Los Angeles County prosecutors have added another charge, felony sexual battery by restraint, to their case against Harvey Weinstein. They said the charge involves a 2010 attack at a Beverly Hills hotel, NBC reports. The victim had been interviewed last year, prosecutors said, and provided information in March confirming that... More »

Ex-Biden Aide Makes Harrowing Accusation

Tara Reade has more to tell about her old boss

(Newser) - "You're nothing to me." A former Joe Biden aide says those words are still ringing in her ears after he allegedly sexually assaulted her in 1993, the Huffington Post reports. The accuser, Tara Reade, went on a podcast this week and said Biden kissed her, thrust his... More »

Ex-Scottish Leader Acquitted on All Sex Crime Charges

Jury decided 1 charge was 'not proven'

(Newser) - Former Scottish leader Alex Salmond was acquitted Monday of a series of sexual offenses , including one of attempted rape. An Edinburgh jury deliberated for more than five hours before returning not guilty verdicts on 12 charges and returned a not proven verdict on a charge of sexual assault with intent... More »

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