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Witness: Amber Heard Threw Punches, Bottles

Former assistant claims actress falsified abuse details

(Newser) - Johnny Depp's security chief is backing the actor's claims that ex-wife Amber Heard abused him, as opposed to the other way around. In a witness statement released Thursday as he appeared at UK High Court, Sean Bett, a former Los Angeles sheriff's deputy who's worked for... More »

In the UK, a First on Child Discipline

Scotland bans smacking children

(Newser) - In Scotland, adults are more protected against assault than children are, as parents and caregivers are allowed to use "reasonable" physical force for disciplinary purposes. That's about to change: On Thursday, the country's Parliament voted 84-29 to ban all physical punishment for kids, including spanking, slapping, smacking,... More »

Schneiderman's 'Stunning' Fall Took 2 Hours, 59 Minutes

New York attorney general is leaving office Tuesday after allegations of physical abuse

(Newser) - The New Yorker published its story alleging that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman physically abused four women at 6:47pm Eastern on Monday, and Schneiderman announced his resignation at 9:46pm, not quite three hours later, notes CNN media writer Brian Stelter. It was a "stunning" turn of... More »

Report: Abuse at Nursing Homes Often Unknown to Police

28% of incidents go unreported: government audit

(Newser) - More than 1 in 4 cases of possible sexual and physical abuse against nursing home patients apparently went unreported to police, says a government audit that faults Medicare for failing to enforce a federal law requiring immediate notification. The Health and Human Services inspector general's office issued an "... More »

Ex-Congregants Reveal Horrifying Abuse at NC Church

Word of Faith Fellowship has thwarted investigators for decades

(Newser) - From all over the world, they flocked to the tiny town of Spindale, NC, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lured by promises of inner peace and eternal life. What many found instead: years of terror—waged in the name of the Lord. Congregants of the Word of... More »

Her Prison Job Terrified Her. What Was Scary Were the Guards

Employees kept quiet about abused inmates at Dade Correctional Institution

(Newser) - Harriet Krzykowski felt abandoned—and terrified. A new counselor at Dade Correctional Institution's mental-health ward in 2010, the then-30-year-old heard about guards taunting and starving inmates, so she told her superior. That's when guards began abandoning Krzykowski in areas packed with potentially dangerous prisoners. "It scared the... More »

Why You Won't See Dr. Dre Abuse Women in Compton

Dee Barnes says women are casualties of manipulated history

(Newser) - Like many, Dee Barnes says she cringed watching the now-famous video of a cop punching an unarmed grandmother, but her reaction was personal. "That must have been how it looked as Dr. Dre straddled me and beat me mercilessly on the floor of the women's restroom at the... More »

Chicago Man: Police Did the Unthinkable at 'Black Site'

Homan Square continues to get hammered for alleged abuse

(Newser) - The Guardian has been relentlessly pursuing a story out of Chicago—the subject of Homan Square, an alleged PD "black site" where suspects are reportedly taken to be brutally interrogated. Now a 13th man has shared with the paper his own allegations of abuse at the hands of officers... More »

Battered Woman Serving Longer Sentence Than Her Abuser

Convicted for 'allowing' ex to abuse their child

(Newser) - Tondalo Hall was allegedly being abused by her boyfriend, Robert Braxton Jr. Yet when Braxton broke the ribs and femur of their 3-month-old daughter, he served just two years in prison, while Hall was sentenced to 30 years for allowing the abuse to happen. She was one of 28 mothers... More »

Into the Wild Story Driven by Domestic Abuse: Sisters

Chris McCandless fled abusive father, sisters say

(Newser) - Chris McCandless' journey into the Alaskan wild wasn't only about his love for nature, his sisters say. It was also inspired by his desire to escape a brutal home life in which his father lashed out verbally and physically, they tell ABC News . Chris' sister Carine says she only... More »

Violence Can Prematurely Age Children

It shortens telomeres, new study finds

(Newser) - It goes without saying that violence has a negative impact on children—but a new study suggests that it can actually age their DNA by as much as seven to 10 years. Researchers examined children's telomeres—DNA sequences found at the ends of chromosomes that keep the chromosomes from... More »

GOP Sheriff Ran School Plagued by Sex Abuse: Documents

Paul Babeu ran DeSisto School in Massachusetts, later shut down

(Newser) - The Arizona sheriff and Congressional candidate recently caught in a scandal over his gay lover once ran a boarding school that was shut down over abuse allegations, KNXV-TV reports. Paul Babeu was headmaster of the DeSisto School in Stockbridge, Mass., from 1999 to 2001—a time when physical and sexual... More »

Oksana: Mel 'Hit Me, Choked Me'

She recounts alleged abuse at his hands

(Newser) - Oksana Grigorieva recounted to Larry King last night how Mel Gibson "hit me, and choked me in front of my son, and brandished a gun at me." Grigorieva and King listened to one of the infamous taped conversations between Gibson and his babymama, and Grigorieva told King that... More »

Oksana: I Thought Mel Would Kill Me

Grigorieva opens up in first interview since it all hit the fan

(Newser) - The Mel Gibson-Oksana Grigorieva circus gets a bit of credibility as Grigorieva gives her first interview—to that classiest of celebrity weeklies, People . “I thought he would kill me,” Grigorieva says of the infamous fight during which Gibson allegedly hit her. She also claims he once brandished a... More »

It's Not the First Time Oksana's Claimed Abuse

Sources say Grigorieva also accused Timothy Dalton

(Newser) - The Mel Gibson-Oksana Grigorieva drama drags on—and now sources are coming forward (anonymously, of course) to claim that this isn’t the first time Grigorieva has accused a babydaddy of abuse. “Multiple sources” tell TMZ she previously complained to Gibson and her lawyers that Timothy Dalton, the father... More »

Inside the Nasty Getty Divorce

Spousal support could be hundreds of thousands a month

(Newser) - Peter and Jacqui Getty enjoyed a posh, globetrotting life—the kind of life that included matching Mercedes S500s and a $1 million bed. Now they are embroiled in an equally epic divorce, one of Hollywood’s worst. “It’s like Dynasty, California edition,” one friend tells the Daily... More »

Brooke, Charlie Want Divorce

Denise Richards could also get involved in Mueller-Sheen mess

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller's marriage is "beyond awful," and both want a divorce when Sheen's court case ends. "The marriage is a nightmare,” a source tells Radar . “But each one is worried about ways the other one can hurt them." Meanwhile, Denise Richards... More »

Rihanna Goes Topless for GQ

Singer talks Chris Brown assault, says she didn't call 911

(Newser) - In the wake of her assault at the hands of ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, Rihanna has a new, edgier sound and look—just check out the cover—and she talks about both with GQ . Eight months later, finally talking about the assault is “very liberating,” she says, recalling that,... More »

Chris Brown: I'm Paying for What I Did

Singer apologizes to Rihanna on air, says he regrets assault

(Newser) - Chris Brown apologized to Rihanna on BET’s 106 & Park yesterday, adding that he’s “embarrassed” by the assault. The singer says he doesn’t agree with his ex-girlfriend's decision to discuss the incident on 20/20, but “I can only be a man and just accept the... More »

Rihanna: 'I Was Battered, I Was Bleeding'

'I fended him off with my feet,' she says of Chris Brown attack

(Newser) - As he hit her, Rihanna says, Chris Brown had “no soul in his eyes,” and he left her bleeding and swollen. The singer didn't hold back in the second part of her interview with Diane Sawyer on today’s Good Morning America , saying, "All I kept thinking... More »

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