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LA County DA: Unseal Secret Transcript in Polanski Case

Filmmaker's lawyers say testimony of ex-prosecutor could free Polanski in 1977 sex abuse case

(Newser) - Twice, Roman Polanski's legal team has tried to resolve his sexual abuse case in the US, to no avail. They're hoping the third time will be the charm, as the current Los Angeles County district attorney has agreed to unseal an important transcript that his predecessors have kept...

Ghislaine Maxwell Could Get 55 Years in Prison

She wants 5 years; prosecutors say her claim of being a scapecoat is 'absurd and offensive'

(Newser) - The "shockingly predatory" Ghislaine Maxwell should be sentenced to 30 years up to the maximum 55 years for helping Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse four teenage girls over a decade, federal prosecutors write in a sentencing memorandum filed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court. The 60-year-old played an "instrumental role...

Kevin Spacey Faces New Sexual Assault Charges
Kevin Spacey: I'm Going
to UK to Clear My Name
UPDATED

Kevin Spacey: I'm Going to UK to Clear My Name

Actor says he is 'confident' he will be cleared of latest abuse allegations

(Newser) - Update: Kevin Spacey says he will travel to Britain to defend himself in court against new allegations of sexual abuse and is "confident" he'll be cleared. In a statement released by his attorney on Tuesday, the actor said he will "voluntarily appear in the UK as soon...

Report Details Abuse Coverup by Southern Baptist Leaders

Members denounce 'astonishing and infuriating' treatment of sexual abuse victims

(Newser) - An outside investigation released Sunday by the Southern Baptist Convention found that survivors of sexual abuse were ignored, or worse, for decades by clergy. The almost 300-page report mostly addresses leaders' handling of reported abuse, the Washington Post reports, but includes details on individual cases. "While stories of abuse...

Report: Sexual Abuse Went 'Unabated' at Boston K-8 School

Officials recommend 'failed' Mission Hill School be closed

(Newser) - Boston's Mission Hill School ignored allegations of sexual abuse and bullying for years, according to a scathing new report, which has resulted in the recommendation that the autonomous K-8 school in Jamaica Plain be permanently closed. An investigation by law firm Hinckley Allen was launched after five families claimed...

Vatican Overhaul Strengthens Sexual Abuse Investigations
Pope Overhauls Bureaucracy

Pope Overhauls Bureaucracy

Vatican changes include strengthening sexual abuse investigations

(Newser) - Pope Francis released his long-awaited overhaul of the Holy See bureaucracy on Saturday that envisages greater decision-making roles for the laity and gives new institutional weight to efforts to fight clerical sex abuse. The 54-page text, titled "Praedicate Evanglium," or "Proclaiming the Gospel," replaces the founding...

With New Law, Philippines Creates 'Line That Adults Cannot Cross'

President Duterte signs bill raising age of consent from 12 to 16 to help prevent sex abuse, rape

(Newser) - For decades, activists in the Philippines have been lobbying to get a law passed that would raise the age of sexual consent from 12 to 16. Finally, their efforts have paid off. On Monday, the office of President Rodrigo Duterte announced he'd signed a bill into law that officially...

Decades Later, Jerry Lewis&#39; Co-Stars Are Still Haunted
Decades Later, Jerry Lewis'
Co-Stars Are Still Haunted
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Decades Later, Jerry Lewis' Co-Stars Are Still Haunted

They speak to 'Vanity Fair' about sexual abuse by the actor

(Newser) - Comedian Jerry Lewis had film audiences laughing, but often not the women who starred alongside him. Several of the late comedian's female co-stars tell Vanity Fair that he subjected them to degrading mistreatment, including sexual assault. Karen Sharpe, who played Lewis' love interest in 1964's The Disorderly Orderly,...

Pope: I Actually Was at Meeting on Priest Accused of Abuse

Benedict had originally said he hadn't attended, blames discrepancy on 'editing' mistake

(Newser) - Update: Pope Benedict XVI has repeatedly denied wrongdoing in the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal, but there's been a shift in at least one story. Per the Catholic News Agency and CNN , the pontiff had originally told investigators he hadn't attended a January 1980 meeting of archdiocesan...

Doctor's Decades of Abuse to Cost University of Michigan $490M

Settlement reached over sex assaults at hands of Dr. Robert Anderson

(Newser) - The University of Michigan has agreed to a $490 million settlement with more than 1,000 people, mostly men, who say they were sexually assaulted by Dr. Robert Anderson during his nearly four-decade career as a sports doctor at the school. The university on Wednesday said 1,050 people will...

Ruling Puts Prince Andrew on Path to Civil Trial

Judge decides Giuffre's earlier settlement doesn't keep royal from being sued

(Newser) - Britain's Prince Andrew has almost run out of possibilities for keeping Virginia Giuffre's sexual abuse lawsuit against him from going to trial. US District Judge Lewis Kaplan in New York on Wednesday turned down Andrew's request to dismiss the case because of the terms of a 2009...

Rep Suggests Ghislaine Maxwell &#39;Too Fragile&#39; to Testify
Defense Rests
Without Testimony
From Maxwell
updated

Defense Rests Without Testimony From Maxwell

Defendant tells judge prosecution hasn't proven its case

(Newser) - Update: This file has been updated with the defense resting its case. Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers wrapped up their case Friday in her New York trial on charges that she helped Jeffrey Epstein recruit and sexually abuse underage girls. The jury did not hear from the defendant, the AP reports....

Larry Nassar Abuse Victims Reach $380M Settlement

USA Gymnastics, USOPC agree on deal with hundreds of victims

(Newser) - The legal wrangling between USA Gymnastics and the victims of sexual abuse by former national team doctor Larry Nassar, among others, is over. The fight for substantive change within the sport's national governing body is just beginning. A federal bankruptcy court in Indianapolis on Monday confirmed a $380 million...

Jail Time 'Not Appropriate' for Rapist Who Assaulted 4 Teens

Western New York judge stuns victims with 8 years of probation for Christopher Belter, 20

(Newser) - Christopher Belter was facing eight years behind bars after pleading guilty in 2019 to rape and sexual abuse involving four teen girls at his family's mansion in Western New York. Instead, a Niagara County judge this week gave the 20-year-old eight years of probation, stunning everyone in the courtroom,...

British Royal Asks US Judge to Dismiss Abuse Lawsuit

Prince Andrew says he's innocent, and also covered by 2009 settlement

(Newser) - Prince Andrew’s lawyers are asking for a lawsuit against him in the US to be dismissed. Virginia Roberts Giuffre is suing the British royal in New York, CNN reports. The prince denies the allegations—and also says the lawsuit violates the terms of an existing settlement agreement that allowed...

&#39;John Doe&#39; NHL Player Speaks Out in Abuse Case
2nd-Winningest NHL Coach
Resigns Amid Scandal
updated

2nd-Winningest NHL Coach Resigns Amid Scandal

Joel Quenneville was head coach in Chicago when assistant coach allegedly assaulted player

(Newser) - Update: Longtime NHL coach Joel Quenneville is out of a job over a sexual abuse scandal. Quenneville, who resigned as coach of the Florida Panthers, was coaching the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010 when young player Kyle Beach was allegedly assaulted by an assistant coach. Beach says the team did nothing...

Report: French Catholic Church Showed 'Cruel Indifference'

Commission finds 330K children may have been sexually abused by clergy, laypeople since 1950

(Newser) - A new report slams the Catholic Church for "cruel indifference," with clergy in France accused of sexually abusing an estimated 216,000 children since 1950. Jean-Marc Sauve, head of the inquiry commissioned by the French Catholic Church, says most of the victims over the past seven decades were...

Jury Deliberates in R. Kelly Trial
Jury Deliberates
in R. Kelly Trial

Jury Deliberates in R. Kelly Trial

Accusers stayed for the 'lavish lifestyle,' defense says, while prosecutor calls him a predator

(Newser) - R. Kelly's fate is now in a jury's hands, after weeks of lurid testimony in his sexual misconduct trial. A jury of seven men and five women began deliberating racketeering and sex-trafficking charges against the R&B superstar Friday, the AP reports. Prosecutors and defense attorneys finished their...

Sexual Abuse Suit Against Prince Andrew Reaches Court


Prince Andrew
Gets Served,
This Time
in the US
UPDATED

Prince Andrew Gets Served, This Time in the US

Virginia Giuffre accuses him of sexual assault

(Newser) - Update: Lawyers for an accuser of Prince Andrew say they he has again been served with a sexual assault lawsuit, this time in the US. Attorneys for Virginia Giuffre sent the papers to Andrew's attorney in Los Angeles, Andrew Brettler, via email and FedEX, and both were received on...

Witness: I Accidentally Saw R. Kelly Abusing Aaliyah

Accuser says she witnessed incident in 1993, when Aaliyah would've been just 13 or 14

(Newser) - Two weeks into the criminal trial of Robert Sylvester Kelly (aka R. Kelly), a half-dozen accusers have alleged that the singer had sex with them while they were minors. One story, however, is now drawing extra attention: that of a woman known as Angela, who's so far the only...

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