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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 »

In 'Party Town,' an Alleged Gang Rape. Now, Accuser Is Sentenced

Teen gets 4-month suspended sentence for lying about Cyprus rape; she says retraction was coerced

(Newser) - A judge in Cyprus says he's giving a "second chance" to a young woman who came before his bench, handing down a four-month sentence that's been suspended for three years after she was convicted of lying about being gang-raped. Per the BBC and the Sun , the unidentified... 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 »

She Made an Explosive Claim. Now She Faces Jail Time

British teen who alleged July gang-rape found guilty of making false claims

(Newser) - An unnamed British 19-year-old made an explosive claim in July: that she was gang-raped by 12 Israelis in a hotel room in Cyprus. On Monday she was found guilty of "public mischief," or lying to officials about the rapes—which she now maintains did happen. Inside a case... 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 »

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 »

Crowd Cheers Police After 4 Rape Suspects Killed

Police in India say they were trying to escape

(Newser) - Indian police on Friday fatally shot and killed four men suspected of raping and killing a woman in southern India, leading some to celebrate their deaths as justice in a case that has sparked protests across the country. The men, who were in police custody and had not been formally... 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 »

Two K-Pop Stars Guilty of Rape; One Shared Video

Female victims were too drunk to resist assaults

(Newser) - Two K-pop stars will spend the next several years behind bars—punishment for raping women who were too drunk to resist. Jung Joon-young, a singer-songwriter who rose to fame on a TV talent show, and Choi Jong-hoon, a former member of the boy band FT Island, burst into tears Friday... More »

Suspect Killed Student Who Ignored Catcalls: Prosecutors

Suspect followed Chicago woman to her car, prosecutors say

(Newser) - A 19-year-old University of Illinois at Chicago student was sexually assaulted and murdered by a man angry that she didn't respond to his catcalls, prosecutors say. At a hearing Monday, prosecutors said 26-year-old suspect Donald Thurman spotted Ruth George as she walked past a bus stop on campus around... 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 »

Rape Victim to Judge's $150K Restitution Idea: Uh, No

Bruce Bennett offered to reduce 12-year sentence for Sedrick Hills if he financially compensated victim

(Newser) - A rape victim's response to what a Louisiana judge likely thought was a generous offer: No thanks. The AP reports District Court Judge Bruce Bennett made the surprising overture Thursday right after he'd sentenced 44-year-old Sedrick Hills to 12 years behind bars for raping the woman, now 31,... More »

Ronan Farrow: Let's Revisit Bill Clinton Rape Claim

Remember Juanita Broaddrick?

(Newser) - Ronan Farrow brought up an old rape accusation Friday on Real Time with Bill Maher—one against a former president. It came up after Maher asked how Bill Clinton would have weathered the Monica Lewinsky scandal in today's #MeToo culture, Fox News reports. "Could Bill Clinton, if he... 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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Female Comic Sees Weinstein at Bar, Works Him Into Set

Kelly Bachman and an audience member who confronted him got kicked out

(Newser) - Two people say they were kicked out of a New York City bar on Wednesday for addressing the "elephant in the room": Harvey Weinstein seated at a nearby table with young women. "It's Freddy Krueger in the room, if you will. I didn't know that we... More »

He Had a Rape Bag. She Had a Watch

And that Apple Watch did one thing very well

(Newser) - Looks like the Apple Watch came in handy for three people in dire straits. One, dubbed Anna by CBC News , awoke in her Calgary apartment in April to find a dark figure moving around. Per court testimony Tuesday, John Joseph Macindoe had broken in with a "rape bag" including... 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 »

Lauer's Accuser Responds to His 1,400-Word Letter

'A case study in victim blaming,' says Brooke Nevils

(Newser) - Brooke Nevils says Matt Lauer's lengthy response to her going public with the rape allegation that led to his ouster from the Today show in 2017 was an attempt "to bully a former colleague into silence," but "I am not afraid of him now." In... More »

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