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Fearing Rush of Abuse Suits, Archdiocese to File Chapter 11

New Maryland law removes statute of limitations

(Newser) - The Archdiocese of Baltimore announced Friday that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization days before a new state law goes into effect removing the statute of limitations on child sex abuse charges and allowing victims to sue their abusers decades after the fact. The step will "allow the...

Protesters Strip, Disrupt 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...

Court Revives Sex Abuse Lawsuits vs. Michael Jackson

2 accusers will get a new day in court

(Newser) - A California appeals court on Friday revived lawsuits from two men who allege Michael Jackson sexually abused them for years when they were boys. A three-judge panel from California's 2nd District Court of Appeal found that the lawsuits of Wade Robson and James Safechuck should not have been dismissed...

Sexual Abuse Survivors Sue Prison Dubbed the 'Rape Club'

Lawyer says abuse at federal women's prison is continuing despite arrests, convictions

(Newser) - Eight survivors of sexual abuse at a federal women's prison dubbed "the rape club" have filed a class-action lawsuit against guards, officials, and the Bureau of Prisons, saying the agency was aware of "rampant staff sexual misconduct" at FCI Dublin for decades but failed to act. The...

Northwestern Accusations Include Other Sports

Former quarterback says head coach enabled culture of racism

(Newser) - Allegations of hazing that first surfaced in Northwestern University's football program broadened Wednesday, with private attorneys saying male and female athletes in two other sports reported misconduct. The athletes also suggested that sexual abuse and racial discrimination in the football team were so rampant that coaches had to know...

In Houston Suburb, a 'Very, Very Evil, Evil Thing'

Couple accused of kidnapping teen, holding her captive for a month

(Newser) - An 18-year-old woman was sexually abused over the course of a month while held against her will in a Texas neighborhood before escaping her restraints and running for help, according to police. A resident of the Houston suburb of Humble tells KHOU that a "shaking" barefoot woman showed up...

Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Rape Trial Stopped Right Before It Started

Actor settles with woman who said he raped her in New York hotel room a decade ago

(Newser) - Just as a trial was to begin, it was revealed Tuesday that Cuba Gooding Jr. has settled accusations that he raped a woman in a New York City hotel a decade ago, according to court records. The actor had insisted through lawyers that his encounter with the woman was consensual...

Menendez Brothers Push for New Trial Based on Old Letter
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Old Letter Brings New Questions on the Menendez Brothers

'Every night I stay up thinking he might come in,' a fearful Erik Menendez wrote of his father

(Newser) - Lawyers for the infamous Menendez brothers believe fresh evidence warrants a new trial some 27 years following the pair's convictions for murdering their parents in 1989. The evidence comes in the form of a "newly discovered" letter and testimony from another alleged victim of sexual abuse at the...

Pope Confirms Adults Can Be Abuse Victims

Change in church law now applies to lay leaders

(Newser) - Pope Francis on Saturday updated a 2019 church law aimed at holding senior churchmen accountable for covering up sexual abuse cases, expanding it to cover lay Catholic leaders and reaffirming that vulnerable adults and not just children can be victims of abuse when they are unable to freely consent. With...

Tiger Woods' Ex Is Making Big Allegations

One of her 2 lawsuits claims golfer committed sexual abuse

(Newser) - Tiger Woods not only tricked his ex into leaving the couple's shared home but also allegedly committed sexual abuse, according to court documents. Erica Herman, who dated Woods from 2017 to October 2022, first alleged Woods' homestead trust broke an oral tenancy agreement that allowed her to stay at...

Actor Turned Alleged Sex Cult Leader Now Also Faces Charges in Canada

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

(Newser) - Canadian police confirmed Tuesday they are pursuing a criminal case against a former Dances With Wolves actor who was arrested last week and charged in Nevada with sexually abusing and trafficking Indigenous women and girls. Nathan Chasing Horse, who also goes by Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, was taken into...

'This Guy Stalked Me and Groomed Me When I Was a Child'

'LA Times' talks to woman who says she conversed for years as a young teen with Austin Edwards

(Newser) - Austin Edwards is dead, as are three others he murdered in November in California after catfishing one victim's teen daughter . But his story has been revived once more, thanks to a woman now speaking out who says the former Virginia cop similarly groomed her, pressuring her to share nude...

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...

Man Sentenced for Faking Death to Avoid Sex Charges

Jacob Blair Scott is already serving an 85-year sentence for abusing 14-year-old

(Newser) - A man has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for faking his own death in Alabama to avoid criminal charges of impregnating a teenage girl in his home state of Mississippi. Jacob Blair Scott was sentenced Monday in Alabama, the AP reports. US District Judge Jeffrey Beaverstock set the...

US Paralympic Swimming Champion Allegedly Sexually Abused Teammate

Lawsuit filed against Robert Griswold, 25

(Newser) - Robert Griswold, a 25-year-old US Paralympic champion swimmer, is accused of grooming a younger teammate with intellectual and developmental disabilities starting last year, then sexually abusing him at the Tokyo Games last summer. A lawsuit filed against Griswold, who has cerebral palsy, also accuses him of continuing the abuse at...

Warren Beatty Accused of Sexually Abusing Teen Girl in 1973

Lawsuit does not name Beatty, but clearly identifies him nonetheless

(Newser) - It appears Warren Beatty is now among the Hollywood men accused in recent years of sexual abuse. The actor is not explicitly named in the lawsuit filed this week, but the suit identifies the defendant as having been nominated for an Oscar for playing Clyde in Bonnie & Clyde, which...

UC to Pay $243.6M Over Gynecologist's Alleged Abuse
Ex-UCLA Gynecologist
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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...

Emotional Spacey Tells Court He Was Raised by a 'Neo-Nazi'

Actor takes stand for first time in New York trial

(Newser) - Kevin Spacey denied the sexual abuse allegations against him Monday in testimony that included an emotional description of an upbringing he described as "humiliating and terrifying." "I have never talked about these things publicly," Spacey said in federal court in New York, NBC News reports. "...

After Telling School of Accused Priest on Payroll, a Giant Fine

New Orleans attorney Richard Trahant says he'll appeal the $400K payment to archdiocese

(Newser) - A lawyer who alerted a Catholic high school to past sexual misconduct by its chaplain has been fined $400,000 for violating confidentiality rules by speaking out. Attorney Richard Trahant says he'll appeal the decision handed down Tuesday, which gives him 30 days to pay the Archdiocese of New...

NHL Has a New Scandal to Contend With

Tampa Bay Lightning suspends Ian Cole after woman alleges he sexually abused her as a minor

(Newser) - The Tampa Bay Lightning suspended defenseman Ian Cole pending an investigation into allegations made on social media that he sexually abused a woman when she was a minor. The Lightning said Sunday night they were fully cooperating with the NHL on an investigation and were making the decision to suspend...

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