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Ex-Biden Aide Makes Harrowing Accusation

Tara Reade has more to tell about her old boss

(Newser) - "You're nothing to me." A former Joe Biden aide says those words are still ringing in her ears after he allegedly sexually assaulted her in 1993, the Huffington Post reports. The accuser, Tara Reade, went on a podcast this week and said Biden kissed her, thrust his... More »

Here's What Weinstein Said Before Being Sentenced

Fallen movie mogul gets 23 years

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein's sentencing hearing began at 9:30am ET Wednesday in New York, and within just about 90 minutes the disgraced movie mogul had been sentenced to 23 years in prison. He had faced between five and 29 years—the higher end of which, NBC New York noted before... More »

Lewinsky Affair Eased His Anxiety, Clinton Says

'Nobody thinks they’re taking a risk,' former president says in documentary, 'Hillary'

(Newser) - Being president is stressful, Bill Clinton says, and his affair with Monica Lewinsky was one way he had of "managing my anxieties." The pressure of the job left him feeling like a boxer who'd just gone 30 rounds, the Daily Mail reports, and he said the affair... More »

Jury to Former PBS Host: You Owe at Least $1.5M

Tavis Smiley loses court case over sexual-misconduct claims

(Newser) - Tavis Smiley suffered a crushing legal blow Wednesday when jurors decided he has to pay at least $1.5 million to PBS over relationships with six female employees, the Washington Post reports. The Washington, DC, jury needed about 1 1/2 days to determine that the former talk-show host had violated... More »

Ronan to Woody Allen Publisher: 'Imagine This Were Your Sister'

Hachette, which is publishing Allen's new memoir, also published Farrow's 'Catch and Kill'

(Newser) - Ronan Farrow and Woody Allen share the same book publisher, but Farrow wasn't happy to recently find out about this bond with his estranged father. Apropos of Nothing, Allen's new memoir due out April 7, is being published by Hachette, also the publisher for Farrow's Catch and ... More »

Woman Claims Timothy Hutton Raped Her at 14

Actor says he never met Sera Johnston, who he says tried to extort him

(Newser) - A former model and child actor has accused Timothy Hutton of raping her when she was just 14 in the 1980s—though he says he never met the woman. Canadian Sera Johnston told BuzzFeed on Monday that she was raped by her idol, and then by his friend, after meeting... More »

Polanski Won a Big Award. They Stood Up–but Not to Clap

Actresses walk out after Polanski, accused of child rape in '70s, wins best director at Cesars in France

(Newser) - France had its version of the Academy Awards Friday night, and, not surprisingly, there was some controversy surrounding Roman Polanski. The 86-year-old director—who didn't attend the Cesars because he was afraid he'd be "lynched," per Reuters —won big, taking home best director for his... More »

#MeToo Didn't Affect Trial, Weinstein Juror Says

Unsealed documents show judge wouldn't kick foreman out for smiling at prosecutor

(Newser) - The jury that convicted Harvey Weinstein of rape and sex assault did not consider the trial's implications for the #MeToo movement, one of the jurors said in an interview aired Friday. "No, zero, absolutely zero," juror Drew Malbin said on CBS This Morning. "Because it’s... More »

Weinstein Lawyer Stirs Up Trouble With Interview

Donna Rotunno says she would never put herself 'in any vulnerable circumstance ever'

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein's defense lawyer has kicked up a hornet's nest by saying she "would never put herself" in the position of being sexually assaulted, the New York Post reports. "I have not because I would never put myself in that position," Donna Rotunno told New ... More »

Jurors Get an Eyeful: Nude Pictures of Weinstein

It's not clear why photos taken by Manhattan DA's office were passed around

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein's rape trial took what the New York Post calls a "cringeworthy" turn on Tuesday, with jurors being shown at least five nude photos of the 67-year-old disgraced film producer, including one full-frontal shot. Per Reuters , a photographer for the Manhattan DA's office testified he took... More »

On Eve of Weinstein Trial, Cries of 'The Rapist Is You!'

Mogul's move to get trial delayed fails as witness testimony set for Wednesday

(Newser) - Opening arguments and the first witness testimony should come Wednesday in Harvey Weinstein's criminal trial in New York, which brings with it the possibility of life in prison. A day earlier, Weinstein's defense team aired a strategy of injuring his accusers' credibility, claiming they boasted of having slept... More »

Director Detained in France's Shocking #MeToo Accusation

Adele Haenel accused Christophe Ruggia last year, now he's in custody

(Newser) - A French filmmaker is in custody while authorities investigate accusations that he sexually abused an actress when she was between 12 and 15 years old, the AP reports. Director Christophe Ruggia was detained for questioning Tuesday based on allegations last year by actress Adele Haenel , according to the Paris prosecutor'... 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 »

Terry Gilliam Rips Into #MeToo, and That's Not All

The Monty Python alum says Harvey Weinstein's victims made 'choices'

(Newser) - Terry Gilliam, offensive? The Monty Python alum seems to relish the role, smiling as he tosses off explosive opinions—and his latest Independent interview is no different. "People work so hard to be offended now," says the 79-year-old. "I don't know why I'm doing it.... More »

Kevin Spacey Has a Holiday Message

Kill them with kindness, apparently? Or maybe a fire poker

(Newser) - If this holiday season sees you a little too full on peace and love and a little too low on treacherous, murderous politicians or people on the wrong end of the #MeToo movement, then Kevin Spacey is inexplicably here with a video for you. "You didn’t really think... 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 »

Gretchen Carlson Urges Fox to Release Her From NDA

'I want my voice back'

(Newser) - Gretchen Carlson says that three years after suing former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes for sexual harassment, she finds herself in a surreal situation: Her story has been turned into a movie and a TV mini-series, but she's banned from talking about her experiences. "Three years ago, receiving... More »

Cuba Gooding Jr. Now Has 22 Accusers

Prosecutors reveal 7 new accusers in new court filing

(Newser) - A new court filing reveals seven more allegations against Cuba Gooding Jr., bringing the total number of women accusing the actor of groping to 22. The New York Times got a copy of the new filing and describes some of the alleged encounters, which date back to 2003:
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Louis CK Talks About Scandal During Overseas Show

Comedian is on an international tour

(Newser) - Two years after being swept up in the #MeToo movement and acknowledging sexual misconduct with multiple women, comedian Louis CK took to the stage at a nearly packed basketball arena outside Tel Aviv, Israel, where the audience seemed ready to let it go, per the AP . "How have your... More »

50-Year-Old Accusations Lead to a Lifetime Ban

George Morris, 81, was a legend in equestrian sport

(Newser) - A giant of equestrian sport has been banned for life over sexual-misconduct allegations dating back some 50 years, the New York Times reports. The expulsion of George Morris, 81, was announced Tuesday. "No matter how big a figure is in their sport, or how old the allegations, nobody is... More »

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