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Lawsuit: Sean Combs Raped, Threatened to Blacklist Woman

She said promise of mentorship turned into 'aggressive, coercive, and abusive relationship'

(Newser) - A woman who says she was sexually assaulted by Sean Combs in four "terrifying" encounters has become the latest person to file a lawsuit against the rapper, bringing the total to seven in six months. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, April Lampros said she was a student at New...

Scrubs Producer Faces Multiple Life Sentences in Rape Trial

The 28 counts against Eric Weinberg include sexual battery, sexual penetration by force

(Newser) - A writer and producer on the hit TV show Scrubs will stand trial on 28 counts of rape, sexual battery, and other charges, a judge ruled Tuesday. Eric Weinberg was initially charged in 2022 with sexually assaulting five women he allegedly lured to photoshoots at his home between 2014 and...

Spain's Ex-Soccer Chief Is in More Trouble Over That Kiss

Luis Rubiales will stand trial, faces prison

(Newser) - The former president of Spain's soccer federation, who partly overshadowed Spain's victory in the Women's World Cup final in August when he planted an unwanted kiss on the lips of a player, will stand trial on two charges. In January, a Spanish judge concluded the kiss was...

Paula Abdul, Idol Settle Sex Assault Case

She's to face alleged attacker Nigel Lythgoe at a trial set for next year

(Newser) - Paula Abdul has tentatively settled her sexual assault and harassment claims with the production companies behind American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance—but not with alleged attacker Nigel Lythgoe, whom she is to face at trial. Abdul sued in December , alleging producer Lythgoe groped her in an...

Depardieu Faces New Legal Trouble

Faces New
Legal Trouble

Depardieu Faces New Legal Trouble

Famed French actor is reportedly in custody over sexual assault allegations

(Newser) - French media are reporting that actor Gerard Depardieu is in police custody for questioning about allegations made by two women that he sexually assaulted them on movie sets. Broadcaster BFMTV and the daily Le Parisien reported that the 75-year-old actor was summoned Monday morning by Paris police and placed in...

Prosecutors Tease New Trial for Weinstein
LA Prosecutors: Weinstein
Won't Get Same Break Here
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LA Prosecutors: Weinstein Won't Get Same Break Here

In New York, meanwhile, former movie mogul may face a new trial

(Newser) - Reactions are pouring in after the New York Court of Appeals overturned former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's 2020 convictions for first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape on Thursday, finding the inclusion of testimony from accusers about uncharged conduct violated his right to a fair trial . Among those speaking...

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...

Trevor Bauer's Accuser Faces Extortion Charge

Player says 'this entire situation has been a massive lie'

(Newser) - An Arizona woman who accused former major league pitcher Trevor Bauer of sexual assault has been charged with defrauding the baseball player. An indictment unsealed Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court charges the woman with fraud and theft by extortion, both felonies, but doesn't provide details about the accusations....

Israeli Hostage Details Sexual Assault by Hamas

Amit Soussana tells 'NYT' she was forced into sexual act at gunpoint, beaten, tortured

(Newser) - President Biden has condemned the sexual violence said to have been perpetrated by Hamas during the Oct. 7 attack on Israel, and late last year, the New York Times provided a detailed account of the systemic use of sexual abuse the militant group is said to have carried out. Then,...

Lawmakers OK Bill Nixing Marital Loophole for Sex Assault

Legislation now heads to desk of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to sign

(Newser) - Certain sexual assaults against a spouse would be criminalized in West Virginia for the first time under a bill passed Friday by the Republican-dominated House of Delegates. The bill would remove marriage as a defense to first- and third-degree sexual assault. The House passed the bill without debate on a...

Illinois Removes Judge Who Reversed Rape Conviction

Robert Adrian abused his position, oversight body says

(Newser) - An Illinois judge whose decision to reverse the conviction of a man he found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl drew outrage has been removed from the bench. The Illinois Courts Commission found that Adams County Judge Robert Adrian circumvented the law and engaged in misconduct, the AP reports. The...

Judge Tosses Sexual Assault Suit Against Steven Tyler

Ruling says New York City law on old accusations doesn't apply to this case

(Newser) - Steven Tyler's accuser waited too long to bring a sexual assault lawsuit against the Aerosmith lead singer, a federal judge has ruled in dismissing the case. US District Judge Lewis Kaplan decided Wednesday that Jeanne Bellino's filing does not meet the conditions of the New York City law...

Florida Passes Bill to Release Epstein Transcripts

Measure to unseal records from 2006 grand jury is headed to governor's desk

(Newser) - The transcripts of a 2006 grand jury that investigated Jeffrey Epstein 's sexual assaults of underage girls will be released to the public under a bill heading to Florida's governor after it was unanimously passed by the Legislature. The bill, which passed the Senate on Wednesday after earlier...

Well-Known Rock Climber 'Lured' Victims to Yosemite: Prosecutors

Charles Barrett convicted of sexually assaulting one woman, but others have accused him

(Newser) - A professional rock climber well-known in California used his status to lure victims to Yosemite, where he sexually assaulted them, federal prosecutors said during his trial. Charles Barrett, 38, was on Tuesday convicted of sexually assaulting one woman, but three other women who testified at his trial say he assaulted...

US Tourists: We Were Drugged, Raped in Bahamas

2 women from Kentucky say resort employee offered them tainted drinks

(Newser) - Two women from Kentucky say they were drugged and raped after leaving a Carnival cruise ship to visit a Bahamas resort on Sunday. The two women, both 31, were lounging at the resort in Freeport, Grand Bahama, when they were approached by an employee who offered them a two-for-one drink...

Police Chief Apologizes in Hockey Sex Assault Case

Chief 'not happy' it took nearly 6 years for arrests to be made

(Newser) - It took more than five years for the NHL players accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Ontario in 2018 to be arrested , and now Canadian police are apologizing to the woman. "I want to extend, on behalf of the London Police Service, my sincerest apology to the victim,...

4 NHLers Charged With Sexual Assault

5 members of Canada's 2018 world junior team surrender to police in London, Ontario

(Newser) - Five professional hockey players who were members of Canada's 2018 World Junior Championships team have been charged with sexual assault in London, Ontario. Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart, Calgary Flames forward Dillon Dube, New Jersey Devils center Michael McLeod, Devils defenseman Cal Foote, and former Ottawa Senators forward Alex...

Artist: I Was Sexually Assaulted While Performing Nude in Famed Exhibit

He's now suing MoMA, saying museum didn't take action

(Newser) - A performer who appeared naked in a show by world-renowned performance artist Marina Abramovic at New York City's Museum of Modern Art is suing the museum, saying it failed to take action after he was sexually assaulted multiple times by attendees during the performances nearly 14 years ago, the...

Lawsuit Accuses Vince McMahon of Sex Trafficking
WWE Founder

WWE Founder McMahon Resigns

This following a suit accusing company's founder of sexually assaulting former employee

(Newser) - Vince McMahon has cut ties with the WWE. The AP reports that the wrestling giant's 78-year-old founder resigned his position Friday as executive chair of the board of TKO Group Holdings, WWE's parent company, a day after former WWE staffer Janel Grant filed a suit accusing McMahon and...

Judge Rules on Soccer Honcho's 'Unconsented' Kiss

Luis Rubiales, Spain's former soccer chief, must head to trial, per Thursday ruling

(Newser) - After sullying his nation's Women's World Cup victory, former Spanish soccer chief Luis Rubiales will face trial for kissing forward Jenni Hermoso without her consent at the final. Judge Francisco de Jorge ruled on Thursday that Rubiales' kiss was "unconsented and carried out unilaterally and in a...

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