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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 »

Girl Sends Hair-Raising Message on Snapchat

3 suspects are arrested in California kidnapping case

(Newser) - A teenage girl used Snapchat to send her friends a horrifying message: She'd been kidnapped. Seems her friends used the app to spot her location and then called the cops, who rushed to the E-Z 8 Motel on Tuesday and arrested a man as he left the premises, NBC... More »

Weinstein Jury Is Set, as Judge Slams Defense

'Nothing you said makes logical sense to me,' he says in rejecting bid for private jury screening

(Newser) - A jury of seven men and five women was selected Friday for Harvey Weinstein's criminal trial in New York after an arduous, two-week process, setting the stage for testimony to begin in the next week. The final tally mostly erased a gender imbalance that, just hours earlier, led to... More »

Andrew Yang's Wife: 'Pervy' Doctor Sexually Assaulted Me

Husband says victims 'deserve our belief, support, and protection'

(Newser) - Andrew Yang's wife is sharing her story of sexual assault, one that's pushed her to join a lawsuit against Columbia University and former OB-GYN Robert Hadden. Evelyn Yang says she was seven months pregnant with her first child in 2012 when "pervy" Hadden proceeded to "undress... More »

Director Detained in France's Shocking #MeToo Accusation

Adele Haenel accused Christophe Ruggia last year, now he's in custody

(Newser) - A French filmmaker is in custody while authorities investigate accusations that he sexually abused an actress when she was between 12 and 15 years old, the AP reports. Director Christophe Ruggia was detained for questioning Tuesday based on allegations last year by actress Adele Haenel , according to the Paris prosecutor'... More »

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... More »

Weinstein: Judge Should Be Out Over Texting Jab

Lawyers say judge made 'inflammatory' remark

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault trial is in still in the jury selection phase , but the former Hollywood bigwig wants a new judge already. CNN reports that Weinstein attorney Arthur Aidala filed a letter Wednesday asking New York County Judge James Burke to recuse himself after making "prejudicial and... More »

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:... More »

Ex-SEALs Are Guarding Ghislaine Maxwell: Source

Jeffrey Epstein's old friend is reportedly hiding in safe houses

(Newser) - Jeffrey Epstein's alleged former madame hasn't fallen off the Earth—she's just very well-protected, according to unnamed sources popping up in the tabloids. "She is not in the US, she moves around," an unidentified source tells the New York Post about Ghislaine Maxwell, 58. "... More »

Paul Haggis Must Face 'Hate Crime' Accusation

Haleigh Breest's accusation against him can stand, court rules

(Newser) - A movie director's alleged rape of a colleague is now an alleged hate crime. On Thursday, a New York appeals court ruled that accuser Haleigh Breest can proceed with her claim that Paul Haggis perpetrated a gender-motivated hate crime when he allegedly raped her in 2013, per the Hollywood ... More »

Suit: Flight Attendants Ignored Women After Sexual Assaults

One passenger says she wasn't allowed to switch seats

(Newser) - A federal lawsuit says that flight attendants ignore requests for help from two women who said they were sexually assaulted on Frontier Airlines flights. The flight attendants did not report the assaults, the suit says, and in one instance wouldn't let the woman switch seats, the Denver Post reports.... More »

Journo Wins Big #MeToo Case Against Powerful TV Anchor

Judge: Account of Japan's Shiori Ito, who accused Noriyuki Yamaguchi of rape, 'trustworthy'

(Newser) - A 30-year-old freelance journalist in Japan who accused a high-powered TV journalist of rape won about $30,000 in damages in a Tokyo court Wednesday, in what she calls a "milestone" for Japan, per the New York Times . Judge Akihiro Suzuki said he found Shiori Ito's account, laid... More »

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,... More »

More Than 3K Sexual Assaults Were Reported in 2018: Uber

Passengers and drivers were victims, company says

(Newser) - More than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during US Uber rides in 2018, the company said in a long-awaited safety report. That figure includes 229 rapes across the company's 1.3 billion rides. Uber noted that drivers and riders were both attacked, and that some assaults occurred between... More »

'Lawlessness' as Woman Is Set on Fire in Another Rape Case

23-year-old in India was attacked by men she accused of sexually assaulting her, police say

(Newser) - An Indian woman who accused two men of rape was set on fire—allegedly by those same men—on her way to a court hearing in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. The 23-year-old, who suffered burns on up to 90% of her body, is now "fighting for her life,"... More »

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 »

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