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NFL Says Deshaun Watson Should Be Suspended

The decision will be made by the league's disciplinary officer

(Newser) - The NFL has recommended an indefinite suspension of at least a year for Deshaun Watson, the Cleveland Browns QB embroiled in numerous sexual misconduct allegations. The announcement came ahead of a hearing in which former federal judge Sue L. Robinson—who serves as the NFL's disciplinary officer—will rule...

Rep. Tom Reed Calls It Quits
Rep. Tom Reed Calls It Quits

Rep. Tom Reed Calls It Quits

GOP lawmaker gave no reason,, but he was dogged by a sexual misconduct allegation

(Newser) - New York Congressman Tom Reed is resigning, leaving office more than seven months before the end of his term. Reed said last year that he would not seek reelection after he was accused of sexual misconduct , but he announced in a speech on the floor of the US House that...

Batali's Sex Misconduct Trial Starts, With One Decision Made

Celebrity chef opts for judge to decide his fate, not a jury

(Newser) - Celebrity chef Mario Batali has waived his right to a jury trial and is opting to have a judge decide his fate in his sexual misconduct trial in Boston. Batali confirmed the decision to Boston Municipal Court Justice James Stanton as the trial opened Monday morning, per the AP . In...

Cuba Gooding Jr. Faces February Trial
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Enters Guilty Plea
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Cuba Gooding Jr. Enters Guilty Plea

Actor accused of groping women will avoid prison sentence

(Newser) - Update: Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday in a deal with prosecutors to one count of forcible touching, avoiding prison time after being accused of groping three women. He admitted to the judge that he "kissed the waitress on her lips" without her consent at a New York...

Louis CK's Grammy Win Sets Off a Backlash

'So much for cancel culture,' is a familiar refrain on social media

(Newser) - One of the most notable Grammys doled out Sunday night went to a performer who was not there to collect it in person: Louis CK won for best comedy album five years after a sexual misconduct scandal rocked his career, reports NPR . The win was not part of the televised...

Team Welcomes Quarterback Accused by 22 Women

Deshaun Watson proclaims innocence after Texas grand juries declined to indict him

(Newser) - Deshaun Watson maintained his innocence and strongly denied committing any sexual misconduct despite allegations made by 22 women against the Cleveland Browns' new starting quarterback. At his introductory news conference on Friday, Watson showed little emotion while saying he's done nothing illegal, the AP reports. "I've never...

Grand Jury: Texans QB Won't Face Criminal Charges

Masseuses have sued Deshaun Watson over allegations of sex harassment, assault

(Newser) - Update: Thanks to a grand jury decision this week, Deshaun Watson won't be indicted in Texas after lawsuits brought by nearly two dozen women who accuse him of harassment and sexual assault. ESPN reports that, for more than six hours on Friday, prosecutors from the Harris County DA's...

Liberty U Professor Arrested, Accused of Abducting Student

He's charged with sexual battery, too, as school faces lawsuit from 12 women

(Newser) - A professor at the conservative Christian Liberty University in Virginia has been accused of abduction and sexual battery of a student. William Atwell, an associate professor of American Sign Language, was arrested on Nov. 20 in connection with an accusation of sexual battery on Sept. 15 and abduction on Nov....

In Interview Transcripts, a 'Pugilistic and Paranoid' Cuomo

NY AG Letitia James releases transcripts from probe into sex harassment claims against ex-gov

(Newser) - The 515-page transcript from an 11-hour interview with former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been released, and it shows an alternately defiant and aloof interviewee who denies the sexual harassment accusations against him. The documentation of the July 17 conversation between Cuomo and Joon Kim and Anne Clark, the...

Twitter Suspends Account of Barstool Sports Founder

Dave Portnoy is on campaign for 'revenge' against Insider.com over allegations of sexual misconduct

(Newser) - After Insider.com published an article accusing Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy of sexual misconduct, Portnoy adamantly denied the allegations and fired back on Twitter: "Here is what people have to know about me," he wrote . "If you wrong me I will burn you to the ground....

Dave Portnoy: 'I've Never Done Anything Weird With a Girl'

Barstool Sports founder says he's never done 'anything remotely nonconsensual'

(Newser) - Dave Portnoy, founder and president of Barstool Sports, is no stranger to controversy. Last year, after a Twitter thread highlighted video clips in which he used the N-word, supported a colleague's use of blackface, and said he assumed Colin Kaepernick was Arab and therefore "an ISIS guy,"...

Mario Batali Enters Plea on Assault Charge
Mario Batali
Will Go on
Trial in April
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Mario Batali Will Go on Trial in April

Celebrity chef pleaded not guilty to allegation he forcibly kissed, groped woman at eatery in 2017

(Newser) - Update: Celebrity chef Mario Batali's trial on a sexual misconduct charge in Boston has been set for April 11, Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins' office said Tuesday after a hearing. Batali pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery on allegations that he forcibly kissed and groped a...

If California Bill Passes, No More 'Stealthing' During Sex
First State Bans
'Stealthing' During Sex
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First State Bans 'Stealthing' During Sex

Legislation classifies nonconsensual removal of condom as sexual battery

(Newser) - Update: California on Thursday became the first state to prohibit "stealthing," the nonconsensual removal of a condom during sex, when Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law that defines the act as sexual battery, the AP reports. Our original story from Feb. 9, 2021, follows:

Fox Worker's Suit: Napolitano Harassed Me, Kudlow Uses Slurs

Network says it has 'parted ways' with Napolitano amid new sexual harassment claims

(Newser) - Fox News has dumped legal analyst Andrew Napolitano, on the heels of a lawsuit alleging the former New Jersey Superior Court judge sexually harassed a Fox Business production assistant. Deadline and Adweek report that employee, 27-year-old John Fawcett, filed his complaint against the network in New York on Monday, seeking...

Unapologetic Smiley Buys Radio Station for a Comeback

PBS fired host in 2017 after allegations

(Newser) - Three years after workplace misconduct allegations cost veteran TV and radio talk show host Tavis Smiley his job and a national forum, he wants to return to the air. Smiley, who continues to deny the claims of unwanted sexual behavior that led PBS to drop his long-running show, is attempting...

Seth Rogen: I Won't Work With James Franco, for Now

Longtime Franco friend, co-star is speaking out after sexual misconduct claims

(Newser) - Seth Rogen has been a longtime collaborator and buddy of fellow actor James Franco, stretching back to the late '90s, when they both appeared in the sitcom Freaks and Geeks, and extending into more recent co-starring turns in such films as Pineapple Express, The Interview, and The Disaster Artist....

Hall of Famer Alomar Reacts to Getting the Boot From MLB

Ex-Blue Jays player 'disappointed' on firing after probe into 2014 sexual misconduct allegation

(Newser) - MLB has cut ties with Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar, ending his contract as a league consultant in Puerto Rico and as an ambassador for the Toronto Blue Jays after an investigation into a 2014 sexual misconduct allegation. That puts the 53-year-old Alomar on the league's permanently ineligible list,...

Gaetz: 'Sexual Conduct' Probe Is Based on False Allegations

Republican says federal investigation is linked to an extortion scheme

(Newser) - Rep. Matt Gaetz has confirmed that he is under federal investigation for "sexual conduct with women"—but he says the allegations "are as searing as they are false." The conservative Florida Republican confirmed the investigation to Axios hours after the New York Times reported that investigators...

Woman Says Cuomo Kissed Her While Inspecting Flood Damage

'I felt like I was being manhandled,' latest accuser says

(Newser) - An upstate New York woman said Monday that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo grabbed her face and kissed her cheek at her home during a visit to inspect local flood damage, becoming the latest woman to accuse the embattled governor of inappropriate behavior. Sherry Vill made the allegations during a...

Thomas Middleditch at Center of Club's Misconduct Claims

'Silicon Valley' star accused of groping woman, owners accused of ignoring complaints

(Newser) - Add Silicon Valley star Thomas Middleditch to the list of celebs who've been accused of sexual misconduct. Hannah Harding says she was at the Cloak & Dagger—a now-closed Goth nightclub in Hollywood "where a cast of experimental artists performed eerie, sexually charged ceremonies each week," per...

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