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Weinstein Lawyer Slams the '1-800-Get-Harvey Hotline'

Prosecutors say retrial for disgraced media mogul may happen in November; new charges possible

(Newser) - Manhattan prosecutors told a judge Tuesday they're anticipating a November retrial for Harvey Weinstein as they continue to investigate possible new sexual-assault charges against the disgraced media mogul. Assistant District Attorney Nicole Blumberg said prosecutors haven't yet brought their findings to a grand jury and said she couldn'...

French Director Charged With Raping 2 Women

Actress says Benoit Jacquot groomed her when she was 16, he was 52

(Newser) - French film director Benoit Jacquot has been charged with rape and banned from directing minors or having any other contact with them. The 77-year-old was charged Wednesday with raping actresses Julia Roy, 34, and Isild Le Besco, 41, years ago, the New York Times reports. Jacquot was charged with raping...

Spacey on New Allegations: 'I Can't Go Through This Again'

Upcoming documentary is said to feature men with new accusations of inappropriate behavior by actor

(Newser) - Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey has denied new allegations of inappropriate behavior from men who will feature in a documentary on British television that's due to be released next week. In an online interview with journalist Dan Wootton, Spacey said he has never done anything illegal and admitted that he...

Suit Accusing Warren Beatty of Sexual Coercion Dismissed

Lawsuit did not name Beatty, but clearly identified him nonetheless

(Newser) - A judge has tossed a lawsuit that accused Warren Beatty—though without explicitly naming him—of coercing sexual contact with a teen some 50 years ago. The Guardian reports the suit filed in November 2022 by Kristina Hirsch "clearly referenced" Beatty by describing the defendant as "a renowned...

Depardieu on Rape, Sexual Assault Claims: It 'Gets to Me'

In open letter, French actor insists 'I have never, ever abused a woman'

(Newser) - Gerard Depardieu is facing down rape and sexual assault claims that stretch back years, and he's remained mostly reticent about the accusations. Now, the 74-year-old French actor has penned an open letter pushing back on the allegations and insisting that "I finally want to tell you my truth,...

YouTube Lays Down Hammer on Russell Brand

Social media platform won't let comedian, accused of sexual assault, make money off his channels

(Newser) - Russell Brand's agency has bid him farewell , and promoters have called off his remaining comedy tour dates in the UK in the wake of new sexual-assault allegations against him, and now YouTube has delivered its own blow: The social media platform has blocked the 48-year-old comedian's main channel,...

Protesters Strip, Disrupt Woody Allen Premiere
Not Everyone Was Happy
at Woody Allen Premiere
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Not Everyone Was Happy at Woody Allen Premiere

Protesters scuffled with cops, slammed organizers for featuring directors accused of sexual abuse

(Newser) - There was chaos on the red carpet at the 80th Venice International Film Festival on Monday as protesters scuffled with police while shouting "Abusers!" and "No rape culture!" The Italian film festival is premiering new films by three directors accused of sexual misconduct: Woody Allen, Roman...

Brooke Shields Reveals Assault by Hollywood Exec

It happened some 30 years ago

(Newser) - "I thought I was getting a movie, a job," says Brooke Shields of the fateful night more than 30 years ago that she dined with an unnamed Hollywood exec. She needed it, having been unable to land much work at the time. Instead, she ended up being sexually...

2 Years After Sex Abuse Scandal, Armie Hammer Speaks

Actor denies criminal wrongdoing, but he says he's here to 'own my mistakes, take accountability'

(Newser) - There hasn't been much word out of the Armie Hammer camp for nearly two years in the wake of sexual assault accusations that left him a Hollywood pariah . Now, the 36-year-old actor is speaking out in his first interview since the scandal, taking on the allegations and noting, "...

Weinstein Trial Gets a Surprise Potential Witness

Judge gives OK for prosecutors to call Mel Gibson to testify in support of 'Jane Doe No. 3'

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein's rape trial in Los Angeles may see an unexpected witness. Variety reports that on Friday in a motions hearing, Judge Lisa B. Lench gave prosecutors the OK for Mel Gibson to be called to testify against the disgraced movie producer, in support of accusations made by "...

Cuba Gooding Jr. Hears His Fate in Forcible Touching Case

Accusers miffed actor won't be getting jail time, thanks to his compliance with plea agreement

(Newser) - As the forcible touching case against Cuba Gooding Jr. faded to black Thursday with no jail time for the movie star, some of the dozens of women who've accused him of groping, unwanted kissing, and other inappropriate behavior criticized the outcome as a slap on the wrist—and a...

'Jane Doe No. 4' in New Weinstein Trial Is Known Name

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, married to Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom, will testify

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein's trial kicked off Monday in Los Angeles, with the disgraced movie producer facing down 11 counts of sexual assault spurred by allegations from five women, in incidents said to have taken place between 2004 and 2013. One of those women, who will testify as "Jane Doe...

Lawyer: Spacey Accuser Was 'Frozen' as Actor Lay on Him

Anthony Rapp is expected to testify himself as civil trial on alleged sex abuse continues in NY

(Newser) - If Kevin Spacey was bothered by the testimony this week of a man who says the actor sexually abused him when he was 14 and Spacey was 26, the 63-year-old actor didn't show it. NBC News reports Spacey "seemed relaxed" on the first day of his civil trial...

Kevin Spacey Goes on Trial in New York Thursday

Anthony Rapp alleges actor tried to abuse him when he was 14

(Newser) - Almost five years after Rent star Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of trying to molest him when he was 14 years old, Spacey's trial is set to begin in a federal court in New York City. Rapp is seeking $40 million in compensatory and punitive damages in the civil...

In Antarctica, Sexual Misconduct Is a 'Fact of Life'
In Antarctica,
Sexual Misconduct
Is a 'Fact of Life'
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In Antarctica, Sexual Misconduct Is a 'Fact of Life'

National Science Foundation report: Sexual assault, harassment ongoing at US research bases

(Newser) - Sexual misconduct is alive and well on all seven continents. That's one takeaway from a new report commissioned by the National Science Foundation that concentrates on such accounts coming in from the bottom of the Earth. It identified an "ongoing, continuing" issue of "sexual harassment, stalking, and...

Kevin Spacey Faces New Sexual Assault Charges
Kevin Spacey: I'm Going
to UK to Clear My Name
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Kevin Spacey: I'm Going to UK to Clear My Name

Actor says he is 'confident' he will be cleared of latest abuse allegations

(Newser) - Update: Kevin Spacey says he will travel to Britain to defend himself in court against new allegations of sexual abuse and is "confident" he'll be cleared. In a statement released by his attorney on Tuesday, the actor said he will "voluntarily appear in the UK as soon...

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...

University President Fired For 'Inappropriate Relationship'

Mark Schlissel has been removed as president of the University of Michigan

(Newser) - The president of the University of Michigan has been fired by the school's board of regents following an investigation into an alleged “inappropriate relationship with a university employee. Per the Detroit Free Press , Dr. Mark Schlissel was removed by a unanimous vote announced Saturday evening following a Dec....

Serena Williams: 'We Must Not Stay Silent' on Peng Shuai

WTA chairman weighs pulling organization out of China

(Newser) - US tennis legend Serena Williams has joined the chorus of calls demanding to know #WhereIsPengShuai. "This must be investigated and we must not stay silent," Williams tweeted Thursday, adding she was "devastated and shocked" by the situation with the Chinese tennis player. "I hope she is...

Tennis Star Alleges Sex Assault: 'I Feel Like a Walking Corpse'

China quashes discussion of Peng Shuai allegations

(Newser) - Chinese authorities have squelched virtually all online discussion of sexual assault accusations apparently made by a Chinese professional tennis star against a former top government official, showing how sensitive the ruling Communist Party is to such charges. In a lengthy social media post that disappeared quickly, Peng Shuai wrote that...

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