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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, "...

Dances With Wolves Actor Arrested in Sex Cult Case

Authorities say Nathan Chasing Horse used his 'medicine man' position to abuse young girls

(Newser) - Las Vegas police on Tuesday arrested and raided the home of a former actor turned alleged cult leader accused of sexually assaulting young Indigenous girls during a period spanning two decades, according to police records obtained by the AP . Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, who goes by Nathan Chasing Horse,...

Brooke Shields Details Struggle After Rape

In documentary, actress says she hopes her account helps others

(Newser) - In a new documentary, Brooke Shields says that when she was raped in a hotel room in her 20s, she called on her experience as a sexualized child star. "God knows I knew how to be disassociated from my body," she says. "I'd practiced that."...

Man Gets 72 Years for 1984 Crimes He Says He Can't Recall

Michael Sharpe, who claims memory issues, sexually assaulted 4 women, prosecutors said

(Newser) - A 71-year-old Connecticut man who received the maximum sentence of 40 to 72 years in prison for kidnapping four women in 1984 apologized in court Monday, despite saying he had no recollection of his crimes. "I don’t know what happened," said Michael Sharpe, whom police identified as...

New Suit Says Cosby Drugged, Assaulted Woman in 1986
Cosby, NBC Face New Lawsuit

Cosby, NBC Face New Lawsuit

Woman's filing says she was drugged, sexually assaulted in 1986

(Newser) - A woman who alleges Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 1986 sued the comedian-actor, NBCUniversal, and other companies Friday in New York, where five other women filed a similar lawsuit earlier this month. Stacey Pinkerton says she was a 21-year-old flight attendant and model that year when she...

MLB Suspends Trevor Bauer for 324 Games
Trevor Bauer's
324-Game
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Trevor Bauer's 324-Game Suspension Reduced

Dodgers pitcher will be reinstated immediately, MLB says

(Newser) - Trevor Bauer can return to Major League Baseball after an independent arbitrator on Thursday reduced his record 324-game suspension to 194 games. Bauer, the LA Dodgers pitcher who was accused of sexual assault last year, had appealed his suspension, which caused him to miss the entire 2022 season, or 144...

Los Angeles Jury Finds Weinstein Guilty of Rape

Jurors can't agree on several counts, including allegations by Jennifer Siebel Newsom

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein was found guilty Monday of rape at a Los Angeles trial in another #MeToo moment of reckoning, five years after he became a magnet for the movement. After deliberating for nine days over more than two weeks, the jury of eight men and four women reached the verdict...

Vatican Cardinal Files Defamation Suit Against Accuser

Marc Ouellet says in countersuit that woman's sex assault claims 'tarnished' his global reputation

(Newser) - A Vatican cardinal sued a Canadian woman for defamation in a Canadian court on Tuesday after she accused him of sexual assault while he was archbishop of Quebec. Cardinal Marc Ouellet, head of the Vatican's bishops office, is seeking $74,000 in compensatory damages for "injury to his...

2 Cosby Show Guest Actors Join Sexual Assault Lawsuit

5 women are suing actor under new NY law

(Newser) - Two actors who appeared on The Cosby Show are among five women suing Bill Cosby under a New York law that suspends the statute of limitations for lawsuits over decades-old sexual assault allegations. Lili Bernard, who says Cosby drugged and raped her on multiple occasions, appeared as a patient in...

Suit: Billionaire Raped Me at Epstein's Mansion

Cheri Pierson sues Apollo Global Management co-founder Leon Black, Epstein's estate

(Newser) - A woman claims billionaire Leon Black raped her in a "brutal attack" at the Manhattan home of Jeffrey Epstein. In a lawsuit filed Monday, Cheri Pierson says she was "in desperate need of money" when she agreed to massage the co-founder and former CEO of Apollo Global Management...

Televangelist's Jail Sentence Is Jaw-Dropping

Turkish cult leader Adnan Oktar gets 8,658 years behind bars

(Newser) - It doesn't look like Adnan Oktar is getting out of prison anytime soon. The 66-year-old Turkish televangelist—notorious for his rants against evolution and the "British deep state," and for surrounding himself with young women he called "kittens"—found out his fate Wednesday in an...

New Sex Assault Charges for Kevin Spacey

7 charges in UK stem from alleged assaults on one man from 2001 to 2004

(Newser) - Kevin Spacey is now charged with sexually assaulting a fourth man in Britain. The actor who formerly ran London's Old Vic Theatre has pleaded not guilty to five sexual offenses against three men , now in their 30s and 40s, between 2005 and 2013, with the case headed to trial...

Cornell Suspends Frat Parties After Alleged Druggings

Multiple students were reportedly 'roofied' this fall in off-campus housing

(Newser) - Cornell University announced Monday that all frat parties and social events have been suspended following an alleged sexual assault and multiple reports of students being drugged at off-campus housing. Per NBC News , Cornell’s Intrafraternity Council made the decision after an emergency meeting Sunday night. Earlier that day, campus police...

Scrubs Producer Allegedly Lured Women to Photo Shoots, Raped Them

Eric Weinberg pleaded not guilty Tuesday

(Newser) - Eric Weinberg, executive producer for the hit TV show Scrubs, was denied bail on Tuesday after pleading not guilty to sexually assaulting five women whom prosecutors said he lured to photo shoots, the AP reports. Weinberg was arrested earlier this month after being charged with 18 felony counts including rape,...

Cops: Rideshare Driver Kidnapped, Raped Women

John Pastor-Mendoza charged with 41 felonies involving 10 victims

(Newser) - A rideshare driver in Denver raped or attempted to rape at least 10 women between 2018 and this year and there may be more victims, authorities say. John Pastor-Mendoza, 41, has been charged with 41 felonies, including 10 counts of kidnapping his victim to commit a sexual offense and eight...

UC to Pay $243.6M Over Gynecologist's Alleged Abuse
Ex-UCLA Gynecologist
Convicted of Sexual Abuse
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Ex-UCLA Gynecologist Convicted of Sexual Abuse

Dr. James Heaps was found guilty on some counts, not guilty on others

(Newser) - Update: The former UCLA gynecologist embroiled in a sexual abuse scandal was on Thursday convicted of some of the 21 counts he faced, which involved accusations from seven women. Dr. James Heaps, 65, was found guilty of five counts of sexually abusing female patients and not guilty on seven other...

Jury Backs Spacey in Sexual Assault Trial

Panel deliberates less than 90 minutes in suit brought by fellow actor

(Newser) - A Manhattan jury found Kevin Spacey not liable Thursday for battery in a sexual abuse lawsuit brought by a fellow actor. The panel of six men and six women deliberated for less than 90 minutes, NBC News reports. When the verdict was read in court, Spacey hugged one of his...

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...

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