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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 »

Here's What Weinstein Said Before Being Sentenced

Fallen movie mogul gets 23 years

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein's sentencing hearing began at 9:30am ET Wednesday in New York, and within just about 90 minutes the disgraced movie mogul had been sentenced to 23 years in prison. He had faced between five and 29 years—the higher end of which, NBC New York noted before... More »

Woman Claims Timothy Hutton Raped Her at 14

Actor says he never met Sera Johnston, who he says tried to extort him

(Newser) - A former model and child actor has accused Timothy Hutton of raping her when she was just 14 in the 1980s—though he says he never met the woman. Canadian Sera Johnston told BuzzFeed on Monday that she was raped by her idol, and then by his friend, after meeting... More »

Harvey Weinstein Guilty of Rape, Sent to Jail

But he will likely end up in the infirmary for now

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein was convicted Monday of rape and sexual assault against two women and could be sent to prison for decades, sealing his dizzying fall from powerful Hollywood studio boss to archvillain of the #MeToo movement, per the AP . He was convicted on charges stemming from a 2006 sexual assault... More »

Judge Warns Weinstein Ahead of Jury Deliberations

Prosecution accuses lead attorney of jury tampering

(Newser) - Tuesday should've marked a quiet start to jury deliberations in Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault trial. Instead, the drama continued with prosecutors accusing Weinstein's lead attorney Donna Rotunno of jury tampering. Rotunno—previously accused of violating a judge's order about publicly discussing the case —penned an... More »

Cops: OSU Players Raped Her. Then a Video Was Made

Amir Riep, Jahsen Wint accused of Feb. 4 assault at Columbus apartment

(Newser) - Two Ohio State football players have been suspended following their arrests on felony rape and kidnapping charges. Cornerback Amir Riep and safety Jahsen Wint, both 21, are charged with rape with the threat of force and kidnapping with engaging in sexual activity stemming from an incident on Feb. 4. According... More »

Weinstein Lawyer Stirs Up Trouble With Interview

Donna Rotunno says she would never put herself 'in any vulnerable circumstance ever'

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein's defense lawyer has kicked up a hornet's nest by saying she "would never put herself" in the position of being sexually assaulted, the New York Post reports. "I have not because I would never put myself in that position," Donna Rotunno told New ... More »

Elizabeth Smart Says She Was Assaulted Again and Is 'Sick of It'

Former captive reports sexual abuse took place during a flight

(Newser) - Utah kidnapping and rape survivor Elizabeth Smart said Thursday that she was sexually assaulted on an airplane last year while she was sleeping. Smart, now a 32-year-old mother of three, referenced her kidnapping from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 in describing her reaction to the attack to CBS ... More »

Weinstein Accuser: He Trapped Me in Hotel Bathroom

Lauren Young says movie mogul groped her breast, masturbated

(Newser) - As Harvey Weinstein stripped off his clothes, pulled down her dress, and groped her breast in a hotel bathroom in 2013, Lauren Marie Young says he also offered a chilling excuse for his lewd behavior: "This is what all actresses do to make it." Young's account of... More »

Jurors Get an Eyeful: Nude Pictures of Weinstein

It's not clear why photos taken by Manhattan DA's office were passed around

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein's rape trial took what the New York Post calls a "cringeworthy" turn on Tuesday, with jurors being shown at least five nude photos of the 67-year-old disgraced film producer, including one full-frontal shot. Per Reuters , a photographer for the Manhattan DA's office testified he took... More »

US Issues Warning on Sexual Assault in Spain

More American students, travelers are becoming victims, embassy warns

(Newser) - The US Embassy in Madrid has issued a warning to American citizens after what it says has been "a steady increase in the number of sexual assaults nationally over the past five years." The embassy says this includes a rise in sexual assault "against young US citizen... More »

There's a Big Issue With Rape Case Against Reality TV Doctor

Prosecutors will drop charges after finding key video evidence does not exist

(Newser) - Prosecutors are dropping charges that a doctor who appeared on a reality TV show and his girlfriend raped and drugged women in California after finding key video evidence never actually existed, an official said Tuesday. Orthopedic surgeon Grant Robicheaux of Newport Beach—who previously appeared on a Bravo TV show... More »

'I Felt Like I Was in Hell': An Exposé of Victoria's Secret

The New York Times interviews 50 company insiders about a 'toxic' culture

(Newser) - Victoria's Secret has "Angels," but there was a devil too—and his name was Ed Razek. That's according to a New York Times article based on interviews with over 50 company insiders, who describe an established culture of harassment, bullying, and misogyny at the lingerie company.... More »

Fugitive Accused of Faking His Own Suicide Is Caught

Jason Blair Scott allegedly raped his stepdaughter and now faces life in prison

(Newser) - A man faked his own death in an attempt to avoid penalty for raping his stepdaughter, who was found to be pregnant with his child, according to the US Marshals Service, which is now celebrating "the fastest apprehension of a fugitive in the 37-year history of the 15 Most... More »

Trump Accuser Goes to Court for President's DNA

E. Jean Carroll says a match with her dress would prove her case

(Newser) - Lawyers for a woman who accuses President Trump of raping her in the 1990s asked Thursday for a DNA sample, seeking to determine whether his genetic material is on a dress she says she was wearing at the time. Advice columnist E. Jean Carroll’s lawyers served notice to a... More »

Rosie Perez: Actress Told Me Weinstein Raped Her

Annabella Sciorra was afraid to go the police, her friend testifies

(Newser) - Do the Right Thing actress Rosie Perez testified Friday that fellow screen star Annabella Sciorra told her in the mid-1990s that Harvey Weinstein had raped her but that she couldn't go to the police because "he'd destroy me." Taking the stand at the former Hollywood mogul'... More »

How 29-Year-Old's Arrest Led to Alleged 'Pillowcase Rapist'

Authorities believe Robert Eugene Koehler was building a 'dungeon' under his Florida home

(Newser) - More details are trickling out on a Florida man police believe raped more than 40 women in the Miami area over a five-year stretch in the '80s. In a Thursday presser, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said the DNA of registered sex offender Robert Eugene Koehler has been... More »

On Eve of Weinstein Trial, Cries of 'The Rapist Is You!'

Mogul's move to get trial delayed fails as witness testimony set for Wednesday

(Newser) - Opening arguments and the first witness testimony should come Wednesday in Harvey Weinstein's criminal trial in New York, which brings with it the possibility of life in prison. A day earlier, Weinstein's defense team aired a strategy of injuring his accusers' credibility, claiming they boasted of having slept... More »

He Allegedly Raped 44 Women in 5 Years

Suspected 'Pillowcase Rapist' nabbed in Florida

(Newser) - Police in Florida believe they've found the notorious "Pillowcase Rapist" who attacked more than 40 women at knifepoint over five years in the 1980s. Robert Eugene Koehler, a registered sex offender and mechanic from Palm Bay, was arrested Saturday after a DNA hit, reports the Miami Herald . The... More »

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