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45 Years After Stay at Polanski's Chalet, a 'Time Bomb'

Former model claims 'extremely violent' rape at hands of director in 1975, when she was 18

(Newser) - A new accusation has emerged against Roman Polanski, this time from a Frenchwoman who says the film director raped her in 1975, when she was 18. The Guardian reports that former model Valentine Monnier gave her account to Le Parisien , claiming she was staying at Polanski's ski chalet with... More »

Player Booted Over Sex Assault Allegations Goes After NFL

Antonio Brown says he'll never play for league again, then says he actually wants to

(Newser) - After the New England Patriots released Antonio Brown in September amid sexual assault allegations, the wide receiver didn't exactly take it well online, putting up posts (which he mostly took down later) ranting against the NFL. Now, after a brief hiatus from publicly airing his grievances, Brown was back... More »

Cops: Woman Escapes Assault in Brutal Way

Police say she severed alleged assailant's penis in Greenville, SC

(Newser) - A registered sex offender is out on bond after allegedly assaulting a woman, who police say defended herself by severing his penis with her teeth. A naked woman fled a house in Greenville, SC, on Aug. 8 before finding help at a Waffle House, where employees gave her clothes, reports... More »

No Rape Convictions for 5 Men: Victim Was Unconscious

Lesser sentences lead to outrage in Spain

(Newser) - There was outrage in Spain on Thursday as five men were sentenced to between 10 and 12 years in prison for sexual abuse in a case involving a 14-year-old girl. As the BBC reports, the court acquitted the men of the more serious charge of sexual aggression, which would've... More »

After College Rape Allegation, Cops Went After Accuser

Charges now dropped against her in controversial University of Kansas case

(Newser) - Charges were dropped Monday in a controversial University of Kansas case involving a rape allegation. In this case, however, the controversy arose because police ended up investigating the accuser and not the accused, reports the Washington Post . Details and coverage:
  • The allegation: In September 2018, a 30-year-old grad student told
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Comic Who Faced Weinstein: I Laughed at a 'Monster'

Kelly Bachman explains what was going through her mind during last week's incident at NYC bar

(Newser) - The comedian who confronted Harvey Weinstein during her set at a Manhattan bar last week was heckled, booed, and ultimately booted from the venue. Now Kelly Bachman is speaking out again, this time via an opinion piece in the New York Times in which she says she's "proud"... More »

Cop Who Got Light Sentence After Rape Allegations Not in the Clear

Curtis Arganbright faces 10 years on new federal charge of assaulting woman in custody

(Newser) - A former Denver-area police officer who served 90 days in jail after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his custody could still end up in a federal prison. Former Westminster police officer Curtis Arganbright faces up to 10 years in prison on a new charge of violating the... More »

Eye Reflection in Selfie Was All Her Stalker Needed

Hibiki Sato charged with attacking Japanese pop star: cops

(Newser) - Celebrities, and anyone else hoping not to be found by creeps on the internet, can learn from an alarming stalking case out of Japan. According to media reports, a member of the J-pop group Tenshitsukinukeniyomi was sexually assaulted at her Tokyo apartment building last month after a fan figured out... More »

2 New Names Emerge in Epstein Drama

Jennifer Araoz updates her lawsuit with fresh accusations

(Newser) - Four women regularly helped Jeffrey Epstein orchestrate his sexual assaults, according to newly updated court documents . Jennifer Araoz, who first pointed a finger at Epstein in July and filed suit in August, named the accused: Ghislaine Maxwell, publishing heiress and Epstein companion; Lesley Groff, Epstein's secretary; Rosalyn Fontanilla, his... More »

Book on Trump: We Logged 26 'Unwanted' Sexual Encounters

'All the President's Women' is out later this month, with new allegations

(Newser) - It's a big day for upcoming books with explosive sexual allegations. Esquire is out with an excerpt from All the President's Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator, a book by journalists Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy that pulls from more than 100 interviews to chart... More »

Girl, 15, Suspended for Warning About 'Rapist in Our School'

Aela Mansmann, parents are appealing the 3-day punishment

(Newser) - Dozens of high school students walked out of classes near Portland, Maine, on Monday in support of a teen who warned about "a rapist in our school" and was then suspended for bullying. "I definitely am ashamed to say I go to Cape Elizabeth High School with this... More »

Cops: Groom Sexually Assaulted Bridesmaid 2 Days Before Wedding

Pennsylvania man is facing multiple charges

(Newser) - Two days before his wedding, police say a Pennsylvania groom sexually assaulted a bridesmaid, the Morning Call reports. The wedding party had been rafting on the Delaware River—and, perhaps not surprisingly, drinking—on Aug. 30, and the 29-year-old bridesmaid told police she was so intoxicated she kept falling off... More »

Epstein Accuser: There's Another Guilty Party in All This

Artist Maria Farmer says Victoria's Secret CEO Leslie Wexner is also responsible

(Newser) - A Jeffrey Epstein accuser says billionaire fashion mogul Leslie Wexner is also responsible for her sexual assault—because she lived on his Ohio estate and was manhandled by his security after it happened, the Washington Post reports. An artist, Maria Farmer says she had gotten a job creating two paintings... More »

8K Rape Kits Were Finally Tested. Nearly a Quarter Had a 'Hit'

Results in Florida could potentially spur leads in thousands of unsolved cases

(Newser) - Officials in Florida have finally made headway with a huge backlog of the state's rape kits, and out of the thousands that have been tested over the past four years or so, a significant number of "hits" have emerged from a DNA database. The Tallahassee Democrat and Orlando ... More »

Queer Eye Star Reveals His Private Pain

Jonathan Van Ness talks about his upcoming memoir, 'Over the Top'

(Newser) - Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness is baring his soul a few days before the release of his new memoir, People reports. The fabulous 32-year-old opened up about his history of sexual assault, drug addiction, HIV—and now, nightmares. "I've had nightmares every night for the past three... More »

Brown Calls It a Career

The former New England Patriots receiver says he won't return to the NFL

(Newser) - Looks like Antonio Brown and his agent see things a little differently. The former New England Patriots receiver—who was let go by the team amid sexual abuse allegations—took to Twitter on Sunday to say he was done with the NFL, USA Today reports. "Will not be playing... More »

For 7% of US Women, First Sex Experience Isn't Voluntary

Forced or coerced intercourse in early teens could have long-term health repercussions

(Newser) - The first sexual experience for 1 in 16 US women was forced or coerced intercourse in their early teens, encounters that for some may have had lasting health repercussions, a new study suggests. The experiences amount to rape, the authors say, although they relied on a national survey that didn'... More »

Dems Use Same Word Reacting to Kavanaugh Allegations

At least 4 are calling for his impeachment

(Newser) - Several Democratic presidential candidates on Sunday lined up to call for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the face of a new, uninvestigated, allegation of sexual impropriety when he was in college, the AP reports. Kavanaugh was confirmed last October after emotional hearings in the Senate over... More »

Patriots Receiver's Stormy Month Just Got Worse

Antonio Brown accused of rape just days after leaving Raiders due to another controversy

(Newser) - Antonio Brown has had a tumultuous month. After a reported verbal to-do at a practice in early September with the Oakland Raiders, Brown asked to be released and then signed with the New England Patriots. Now, a new problem for the 31-year-old wide receiver: a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in... More »

In 'Rare Move,' 3 Elite Navy SEALs Are Fired

'Due to a loss of confidence that resulted from leadership failures'

(Newser) - In July, a Navy SEAL team was sent home early from Iraq amid allegations of sexual assault and unauthorized drinking. Shortly after that, Rear Adm. Collin Green warned , "We have a problem" in regard to the culture underlying not only SEAL Team 7, but throughout the entire special-operations force.... More »

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