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Comedian Denies 'Horrific' Rape, Harassment Allegations

Bryan Callen is taking a break from podcast

(Newser) - Comedian Bryan Callen says he "categorically and absolutely" denies allegations of rape or sexual misconduct from four women—but he will be taking a break from weekly podcast The Fighter and the Kid, which he co-hosts with former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub. After reports of alleged misconduct going back... More »

Comedian Accused of Rape, Harassment

4 women tell Los Angeles Times of misconduct involving Bryan Callen stretching back to 1999

(Newser) - Comedian Bryan Callen is facing allegations of sexual misconduct—including one rape claim—weeks after allegations surfaced against his best friend, fellow comedian Chris D’Elia. Katherine Fiore Tigerman, who tells the Los Angeles Times that The Goldbergs actor raped her in 1999, came forward after reading about misconduct claims... More »

Madeleine McCann Probe Leads to 'Hidden Cellar'

'It's gruesome and I find it chilling'

(Newser) - A site involved in the Madeleine McCann investigation has led authorities to a "hidden cellar," Sky News reports. German police discovered the deep, 50-foot-wide hole in an allotment garden at a holiday chalet in Seelze, roughly 5 miles northwest of Hanover. Little else is known, but police say... More »

Super Bowl Winner Convicted of 'Unconscionable' Crime'

Dana Stubblefield faces 15 years to life for raping disabled babysitter

(Newser) - A former Super Bowl winner and NFL defensive rookie of the year has been found guilty of raping a developmentally disabled woman following a nine-month trial. A jury in Santa Clara County convicted former San Francisco 49ers star Dana Stubblefield of rape by force, oral copulation by force, false imprisonment,... More »

Ghislaine Maxwell Has a High-Profile Defender

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz makes a case for her, and for himself

(Newser) - Turns out Ghislaine Maxwell—who apparently dodged authorities until her arrest this week—has a rather powerful ally. "We never saw her do anything inappropriate," writes Alan Dershowitz at the Spectator . "We knew her only as Jeffrey Epstein's thirty-something girlfriend." The celebrity attorney often saw... More »

MythBusters' Adam Savage Is Hit by a Major Accusation

But Savage's mother says she supports her son

(Newser) - Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage is facing a terrible accusation—and from his sister, no less. Miranda Pacchiana filed a lawsuit Tuesday in New York state accusing her brother of "repeatedly" sexually abusing her as a child, USA Today reports. According to the suit, Savage "would repeatedly rape Miranda... More »

Ron Jeremy Accused of Raping 3 Women

Adult film star faces multiple charges of rape, sexual assault

(Newser) - One of the most prolific actors in adult movie history is facing rape and sexual assault charges that could send him to prison for up to 90 years. Ron Jeremy has been charged in California with raping three women and sexually assaulting a fourth in separate incidents between 2014 and... More »

After Danny Masterson's Arrest, Remini Calls Out Scientology

'Your days of getting away with it is coming to an end!'

(Newser) - Leah Remini had a strong response to news of actor and Scientologist Danny Masterson's arrest on rape charges : "Praise the lord!" Remini has loudly criticized the Church of Scientology since her exit in 2013, and last August she sat down with two women who accused Masterson of... More »

Danny Masterson Arrested on Multiple Rape Charges

The former 'That 70s Show' actor faces up to 45 years in prison

(Newser) - Actor Danny Masterson has been hit with three charges of rape for incidents ranging from 2001 to 2003, Los Angeles prosecutors said Wednesday. The former That 70s Show actor is accused of raping three women at his Hollywood Hills home: a 23-year-old sometime in 2001, a 28-year-old in April 2003... More »

Weinstein Accused of Raping Teen

Plus 3 more newly alleged rapes

(Newser) - Four new rape accusations against Harvey Weinstein have emerged in a lawsuit, Variety reports. The accusers allege the movie mogul sexually assaulted them between 1984 and 2013; one of them says she was about 17 years old when Weinstein invited her to his hotel room to talk about her potential... More »

Cop Accused of Trading Leniency for Sexual Favors

He's been charged with third-degree rape

(Newser) - A rookie cop in Louisiana has been charged with malfeasance and third-degree rape over his alleged actions during a March 20 traffic stop. A woman accused Port Barre officer Darwin Fontenot, 21, of forcing her to have sex after stopping her for speeding, the Lafayette Daily Advertiser reports. The Port... 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 »

Neighbor Arrested 40 Years After Calif. Woman's Murder

Philip Wilson, 71, identified via familial DNA, accused of killing 20-year-old Robin Brooks

(Newser) - Since 1980, Maria Arrick has hoped her sister's killer would be caught. A day before the 40th anniversary of Robin Brooks' rape and murder, police in Sacramento, Calif., apparently found their man. Brooks' 71-year-old former neighbor, Philip Wilson, was arrested at his Sacramento home on Thursday and charged with... More »

India Hangs 4 Men for Gang Rape That Stunned Country

Victim died 2 weeks after 2012 bus rape

(Newser) - Four men sentenced to death for the gruesome gang rape and murder of a woman on a New Delhi bus in 2012 were hanged Friday, concluding a case that exposed the scope of sexual violence against women in India and prompted horrified Indians to demand swift justice. The men were... 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 »

Polanski Won a Big Award. They Stood Up–but Not to Clap

Actresses walk out after Polanski, accused of child rape in '70s, wins best director at Cesars in France

(Newser) - France had its version of the Academy Awards Friday night, and, not surprisingly, there was some controversy surrounding Roman Polanski. The 86-year-old director—who didn't attend the Cesars because he was afraid he'd be "lynched," per Reuters —won big, taking home best director for his... More »

Rose McGowan on Weinstein: 'The Trash Has Been Taken Out'

Weinstein accusers rejoice after verdict

(Newser) - It was a day some of Harvey Weinstein's many accusers thought they would never see: The 67-year-old, once one of Hollywood's most powerful men, was convicted of sex crimes and taken from a courtroom in handcuffs. The trial was seen as a "watershed moment for the #MeToo... More »

After Guilty Verdict, Weinstein Didn't Make It to Jail

He was rerouted to Bellevue Hospital with chest pains

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein's first night in jail after being found guilty of rape and sexual assault has apparently been delayed. A few hours after the verdict was read out in a New York City courtroom, the 67-year-old rapist was being transferred to the infirmary at Rikers Island in an ambulance... 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 »

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