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Miss USA Lets It Rip in Resignation Letter

She accuses CEO and President Laylah Rose of creating a toxic work environment

(Newser) - We no longer have to read between the lines to understand why Miss USA Noelia Voigt suddenly resigned this week . The first title holder in the pageant's history to voluntarily step down accuses Miss USA CEO and President Laylah Rose of disparaging her and ignoring a case of sexual...

Intelligence Panel Criticizes CIA Over Sexual Misconduct Cases

Lawmakers say new law legislation will increase transparency

(Newser) - A congressional committee Monday criticized the CIA's handling of sexual misconduct allegations in its ranks, saying victims have been deterred from coming forward and were aware of "little to no accountability or punishment for the perpetrators of the assaults or harassment." After interviewing more than two dozen...

Famous WWII Pic Once More a 'Political Lightning Rod'

Memo said Eisenstaedt's V-J Day pic 'The Kiss' would be pulled from VA venues; VA chief says no

(Newser) - The Veterans Affairs secretary has reversed a department memo that aimed to ban VA displays of the iconic "V-J Day in Times Square" photograph of a Navy sailor kissing a woman he didn't know on the streets of New York at the end of World War II. Secretary...

Real Housewives Star: Cohen Asked Me to Watch Him Have Sex

Brandi Glanville details allegation in response to sexual assault claims

(Newser) - Former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville has made a claim of sexual harassment against Andy Cohen, the show's executive producer. In 2022, an "obviously inebriated" Cohen sent Glanville a video message stating "his intention to sleep with another Bravo star that night while thinking...

Cuomo Gets Some Bad News From the DOJ

Agency finds former New York governor sexually harassed 13 employees over 8-year period

(Newser) - Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has so far escaped any criminal charges related to accusations of sexual misconduct against him, but he likely won't be pleased with the upshot of a now-concluded Department of Justice probe. As part of a Friday civil rights settlement with New York state,...

Man Who Inspired Anti-Trafficking Film Sued Over Alleged Sex Abuse

Tim Ballard, subject of 'Sound of Freedom' movie, is hit with complaint by 5 women

(Newser) - Five women on Monday sued the founder of an anti-child-trafficking group that inspired a popular movie this year, alleging he sexually manipulated, abused, and harassed them on overseas trips designed to lure and catch child sex traffickers. Tim Ballard's life story and work with Operation Underground Railroad inspired Sound ...

MSU Head Coach Fired for 'Moral Turpitude'

Mel Tucker admitted masturbating during phone call with sexual assault prevention activist

(Newser) - Michigan State University has officially fired head football coach Mel Tucker for breaking the moral turpitude clause of the record $95 million contract he signed in 2021. Tucker was suspended earlier this month following a USA Today report on sexual harassment allegations from Brenda Tracy, a rape survivor and activist...

Woman Describes Alleged Disturbing Encounter With Russell Brand

Says the comedian exposed himself to her, then joked about it on radio show

(Newser) - In the wake of sexual assault accusations against Russell Brand , a woman is describing a disturbing encounter she says she had with the comedian in 2008. While working in Los Angeles at a media company housed in a building also used by the BBC for its LA office, she says...

Man Accused of Groping Reporter During Broadcast

Incident has added to outrage over sexism in Spain

(Newser) - A man who appeared to grope a reporter during a live broadcast in Spain has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. Video shows the man apparently groping Isa Balado's rear as she reported on a robbery in Madrid on Tuesday, Reuters reports. She tried to continue the broadcast...

In This City, an App Keeps Beach Harassers at Bay

Safer Plage app sends mediators to contend with obnoxious beachgoers in Marseille, France

(Newser) - Women in one French resort community are sick of being harassed while getting some rays on the beach—and now, there's an app to help them fend off such harassment. Time Out reports that the Safer Plage (Safer Beach) app has been downloaded more than 1,300 times since...

Women Say Culture Is Toxic at Antarctica Post

AP conducts a lengthy investigation of sexual harassment, assault at a very remote outpost

(Newser) - The howling winds and perpetual darkness of the Antarctic winter were easing when mechanic Liz Monahon at McMurdo Station grabbed a hammer. If those in charge weren't going to protect her from the man she feared would kill her, she figured she needed to protect herself. So she kept...

Backup Dancers Accuse Lizzo of Sexual Harassment

Lawsuit says singer, management team created hostile work environment

(Newser) - Lizzo is being sued by three former backup dancers who allege that the singer's private treatment of her staff was severely at odds with her public persona. Crystal Williams, Arianna Davis, and Noelle Rodriguez filed a lawsuit against Lizzo, her production company, and dance team captain Shirley Quigley Tuesday,...

After Groping Ruling, Italians Share Unsettling Videos

Judges acquitted man because groping of teen only lasted around 10 seconds

(Newser) - "Palpata breve," meaning "a brief groping," and the #10secondi hashtag are trending on social media in Italy after the acquittal of a school janitor accused of groping a 17-year-old girl. The teen, a student at a Rome high school, said the man put his hand inside...

Ex-Aide: Giuliani Bullied Me Into Sex, Sold $2M Pardons

Former employee sues in New York, seeking $10M

(Newser) - A former employee of Rudy Giuliani claims he "continually pressured her into sex" as part of a wide-ranging lawsuit, which also details alleged efforts to sell presidential pardons for $2 million. Noelle Dunphy, who served as director of business development for several companies owned by Giuliani beginning in January...

#MeToo Bill Curbing NDAs Becomes Law
Biden Signs
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Biden Signs NDA Limits Into Law

Legislation came out of #MeToo movement and was pushed by Gretchen Carlson

(Newser) - President Biden signed into law on Wednesday legislation limiting the sweep of confidentiality agreements that can be used to keep victims of sexual harassment in the workplace from speaking out. The president tweeted that the legislation will "increase access to justice," Deadline reports. The legislation, which came out...

Lawmaker Sues Over Photo of Campaign Manager's Erection

Florida Rep. Jackie Toledo alleges sexual harassment by Fred Piccolo

(Newser) - A Florida lawmaker accuses her former campaign manager, a high-profile Republican strategist in the state, of sending her "unwanted, unsolicited, inappropriate, and grossly offensive" texts in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed Monday. The suit filed in Hillsborough County by Republican state Rep. Jackie Toledo includes various images that she...

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

28 Arrested in Viral Video of Men Beating Women in Restaurant

Footage of women brutally attacked put gender-based violence back in spotlight

(Newser) - Update: Twenty-eight people have been charged in the June assault on multiple women at a restaurant in China that sparked outrage regarding violence against women in the country. Authorities say the incident and charges are connected to gang activity in the area, the Washington Post reports. Authorities had previously said...

Browns QB Deshaun Watson Suspended for 'Egregious' Conduct

He's out for 6 games and banned from using non-club-directed massage therapy

(Newser) - This story has been updated with Robinson's remarks. Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson was suspended for six games Monday after being accused by two dozen women in Texas of sexual misconduct during massage treatments, in what a disciplinary officer said was behavior "more egregious than any before reviewed...

Amid Misconduct Probe, WWE's McMahon Is Retiring

With nary a mention of sexual harassment investigation, longtime CEO steps down at 77

(Newser) - World Wrestling Entertainment impresario Vince McMahon announced Friday he is retiring amid an investigation into alleged misconduct involving the flamboyant showman who turned a small wrestling company into a worldwide entertainment business. In a brief statement, McMahon said he is retiring as the company's chairman and CEO. He noted...

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