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Roommate Armed With Bacteria, Needles 'Essentially Went Mad'

Janie Lynn Ridd injected friend with E.coli, insulin

(Newser) - A Utah woman had so much faith in her roommate that she made her the beneficiary of a $500,000 life insurance policy. In turn, the roommate knocked out the woman with sedatives and injected her with insulin and E.coli, reports the Deseret News . "She essentially went mad,... More »

Under Fire, Texas Tech Fires Coaches

Players said they were punished if their heart rate wasn't high enough during games

(Newser) - After reports of pervasive abuse in its women's basketball program, Texas Tech has fired head coach Marlene Stollings and assistant Nikita Lowry Dawkins. The firings were prompted by 10 players accusing the school of permitting a culture of verbal and emotional abuse and sexual harassment. The players' claims were... More »

Olympic Gymnast Posts of Abuse After Coach Suspended

Laurie Hernandez took to Instagram after Wednesday's ruling on Maggie Haney

(Newser) - USA Gymnastics on Wednesday suspended coach Maggie Haney for eight years over allegations of verbal and emotional abuse. A three-person panel found the former coach of Olympic champion Laurie Hernandez had "engaged in severe aggressive behavior toward a minor that included teasing and ridiculing" and failed "to provide... More »

More Nike Athletes Speak Out on Weight 'Obsession'

Amy Yoder Begley says she was told she had 'the biggest butt on the starting line'

(Newser) - Nike says it had no prior knowledge of elite runner Mary Cain's claims that she developed osteoporosis, broke five bones, missed her period for three years, and began having suicidal thoughts as Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar pushed her to lose weight, per the Guardian . But it says it... More »

Youth Ranch Raided After Complaint About Nail Gun

Children allegedly 'hit, kicked ... spit on' at Montana's Ranch for Kids

(Newser) - Montana has removed 27 children from a home for troubled youth after reports of abuse, including one mentioning a nail gun shot at a child, per NBC News . "No child should have to experience what multiple sources have alleged has happened at the Ranch for Kids" in Rexford, near... More »

Depp's Latest on Heard: She Pooped in My Bed

Actor firing back at ex-wife, saying she was the 'perpetrator' and he was the 'victim'

(Newser) - The ball was in Johnny Depp's court, and he just hurled it. Following a $50 million defamation lawsuit the 55-year-old actor filed earlier this year against ex-wife Amber Heard, the 33-year-old actress offered her rebuke in the form of an April motion outlining what she says was a litany... More »

Court: Arrest Warrant Out for Stan Lee's Former Manager

Keya Morgan accused of elder abuse against late comic book legend

(Newser) - It's been just over six months since Stan Lee died , but controversy still swirls around the late Marvel Comics leader's ex-manager and business partner. Reuters reports that the latest in the saga involving Keya Morgan includes five counts of elder abuse filed against him Friday, including charges of... More »

Amber Heard's New Claim: I Was Abused by 'the Monster'

Actress alleges ex Johnny Depp became 'delusional and violent' when drinking, on drugs

(Newser) - The Johnny Depp–Amber Heard saga churns on. Last month, the former slammed the latter with a $50 million defamation lawsuit , with Depp insisting Heard's claims of domestic violence were a "hoax." Now the 32-year-old actress is outlining those abuse claims, with a motion filed Thursday that... More »

US Warns World Court to Stay Away From Americans

Pompeo warns against inquiries into soldiers in Afghanistan or elsewhere

(Newser) - The US will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court personnel who try to investigate or prosecute alleged abuses committed by US forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday. The Hague-based court, the first global tribunal for war crimes, said it would continue to... More »

Steven Tyler Opens Another Home to Help Abused Girls

Aerosmith singer says the project 'does my heart and my soul good'

(Newser) - Janie's got a new home. Steven Tyler of Aerosmith has helped establish a refuge for abused girls near Memphis. "This does my heart and my soul good," Tyler said at the dedication Monday. WJHL reports Tyler donated $500,000 to renovate Janie's House, which is named... More »

Iowa Senator: I Was Assaulted by Ex, Raped in College

In the wake of her divorce, startling revelations from Joni Ernst

(Newser) - Disturbing allegations have emerged in the wake of Joni Ernst's divorce, thrusting her straight into the middle of the #MeToo movement. The 48-year-old Iowa senator's divorce from Gail Ernst, 65, was finalized earlier this month, and in their divorce documents, the Republican accuses her spouse of 26 years... More »

Chinese Company Forced Workers to Eat Roaches

3 managers jailed over bizarre punishments

(Newser) - Sales staff at a home renovation company in the Chinese city of Zunyi had a choice: Meet their sales targets, or face punishments including being forced to eat cockroaches and drink urine. Police investigated the company after reports and video surfaced of the cruel and bizarre punishments, the BBC reports.... More »

Former Hostage Says Husband Abused Her in Captivity

Canadian Joshua Boyle loses custody of children

(Newser) - Caitlan Coleman, the American woman held hostage in Afghanistan for 5 years , says her own husband made the ordeal much worse. In court papers obtained by the Ottawa Citizen , the 32-year-old Coleman says Joshua Boyle, her 34-year-old Canadian husband, became mentally and physically abusive, confining her to a shower stall... More »

Abuse Allegations Surface Days Before Minn. Primary

Rep. Ellison denies abusing ex-girlfriend

(Newser) - An ex-girlfriend has made disturbing allegations of domestic abuse against US Rep. Keith Ellison, days before the Democrat faces a five-way primary for Minnesota attorney general. Karen Monahan says a Facebook post made by her son, who said he'd seen video of Ellison dragging her off a bed and... More »

Porter's Ex-Wife: Trump Called Me a Liar, 'I Forgive' Him

'The truth exists whether the president accepts it or not'

(Newser) - Jennie Willoughby wasn't surprised when President Trump implied she was lying about claims ex-husband Rob Porter abused her. Based on a Saturday tweet noting a "mere allegation" ruins the "falsely accused," Trump believes "abuse is something to be questioned and doubted" but "the truth... More »

Aflac Workers Cry Foul on Company's Practices

They allege widespread, companywide abuse and fraud—including charging workers for stuffed ducks

(Newser) - It has boasted about being called one of the world's most ethical companies, but based on what nine ex-Aflac employees are saying, the insurance company known for its annoying-sounding duck (once voiced by Gilbert Gottfried) may be anything but. The Intercept talked to the former workers, and current ones,... More »

Harding's Mom: Tonya 'Doesn't Know What Isn't a Lie Anymore'

LaVona Golden speaks to ABC News for TV special on her figure-skater daughter

(Newser) - In the movie I, Tonya, the film on the life of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding, a shocking scene depicts a moment when Harding's mother threw a steak knife at her daughter, sticking in Harding's arm, during an argument. Now, in an interview with ABC News that aired... More »

'The Most Horrible Thing': R. Kelly's Ex Speaks Out

Kitti Jones says he beat her, coerced her into sex against her will with others

(Newser) - More bad news for R. Kelly, in the form of yet another lengthy story alleging abusive treatment of women. In this case, former girlfriend Kitti Jones tells Jason Newman, writing for Rolling Stone , about their two-year relationship. Among the details:
  • After she quit her job to move into one of
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Janet Jackson's Brother: Her Ex Called Her Names 'Every Day'

Wissam Al Mana verbally abused Janet, Randy Jackson says

(Newser) - Janet Jackson was verbally abused by soon-to-be-ex-husband Wissam Al Mana while the two were together, the singer's older brother Randy tells People in a new interview. "It came on later in the relationship, verbal abuse and being [made to feel like] a prisoner in her own home,"... More »

Abuse of Disabled People Blamed on 'Paranormal Activity'

Federal report details widespread abuse at Colorado facility

(Newser) - “It’s much worse than we thought. It seems like every system of oversight failed," the head of a nonprofit group for people with developmental disabilities tells the Denver Post . The Post has gotten its hands on a federal report detailing widespread and upsetting abuse at the Pueblo... More »

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