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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...

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

Actor Charged After Fan Event
Actor Charged After Fan Event

Actor Charged After Fan Event

Gary Busey faces sexual misconduct counts in New Jersey

(Newser) - Gary Busey faces several sexual misconduct counts after attending a fan event last weekend in New Jersey. Police said Saturday that they were called to Doubletree Hotel in Cherry Hill, a suburb of Philadelphia, where the actor was appearing at the Monster-Mania Convention, Variety reports. Busey, 78, was charged with...

Things Just Got Worse for Former Gravity CEO

A day after Dan Price resigned, a 'NYT' report details allegations of predatory behavior, rape

(Newser) - If Dan Price's resignation Wednesday as CEO of Gravity Payments so he could fight "false accusations" seemed abrupt, what Axios is calling a "bombshell report" from the New York Times the next day fills in some of the blanks. It's authored by Karen Weise, who has...

NFL Says Deshaun Watson Should Be Suspended

The decision will be made by the league's disciplinary officer

(Newser) - The NFL has recommended an indefinite suspension of at least a year for Deshaun Watson, the Cleveland Browns QB embroiled in numerous sexual misconduct allegations. The announcement came ahead of a hearing in which former federal judge Sue L. Robinson—who serves as the NFL's disciplinary officer—will rule...

Rep. Tom Reed Calls It Quits
Rep. Tom Reed Calls It Quits

Rep. Tom Reed Calls It Quits

GOP lawmaker gave no reason,, but he was dogged by a sexual misconduct allegation

(Newser) - New York Congressman Tom Reed is resigning, leaving office more than seven months before the end of his term. Reed said last year that he would not seek reelection after he was accused of sexual misconduct , but he announced in a speech on the floor of the US House that...

Batali's Sex Misconduct Trial Starts, With One Decision Made

Celebrity chef opts for judge to decide his fate, not a jury

(Newser) - Celebrity chef Mario Batali has waived his right to a jury trial and is opting to have a judge decide his fate in his sexual misconduct trial in Boston. Batali confirmed the decision to Boston Municipal Court Justice James Stanton as the trial opened Monday morning, per the AP . In...

Cuba Gooding Jr. Faces February Trial
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Enters Guilty Plea
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Cuba Gooding Jr. Enters Guilty Plea

Actor accused of groping women will avoid prison sentence

(Newser) - Update: Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday in a deal with prosecutors to one count of forcible touching, avoiding prison time after being accused of groping three women. He admitted to the judge that he "kissed the waitress on her lips" without her consent at a New York...

Louis CK's Grammy Win Sets Off a Backlash

'So much for cancel culture,' is a familiar refrain on social media

(Newser) - One of the most notable Grammys doled out Sunday night went to a performer who was not there to collect it in person: Louis CK won for best comedy album five years after a sexual misconduct scandal rocked his career, reports NPR . The win was not part of the televised...

Team Welcomes Quarterback Accused by 22 Women

Deshaun Watson proclaims innocence after Texas grand juries declined to indict him

(Newser) - Deshaun Watson maintained his innocence and strongly denied committing any sexual misconduct despite allegations made by 22 women against the Cleveland Browns' new starting quarterback. At his introductory news conference on Friday, Watson showed little emotion while saying he's done nothing illegal, the AP reports. "I've never...

Grand Jury: Texans QB Won't Face Criminal Charges

Masseuses have sued Deshaun Watson over allegations of sex harassment, assault

(Newser) - Update: Thanks to a grand jury decision this week, Deshaun Watson won't be indicted in Texas after lawsuits brought by nearly two dozen women who accuse him of harassment and sexual assault. ESPN reports that, for more than six hours on Friday, prosecutors from the Harris County DA's...

Liberty U Professor Arrested, Accused of Abducting Student

He's charged with sexual battery, too, as school faces lawsuit from 12 women

(Newser) - A professor at the conservative Christian Liberty University in Virginia has been accused of abduction and sexual battery of a student. William Atwell, an associate professor of American Sign Language, was arrested on Nov. 20 in connection with an accusation of sexual battery on Sept. 15 and abduction on Nov....

In Interview Transcripts, a 'Pugilistic and Paranoid' Cuomo

NY AG Letitia James releases transcripts from probe into sex harassment claims against ex-gov

(Newser) - The 515-page transcript from an 11-hour interview with former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been released, and it shows an alternately defiant and aloof interviewee who denies the sexual harassment accusations against him. The documentation of the July 17 conversation between Cuomo and Joon Kim and Anne Clark, the...

Twitter Suspends Account of Barstool Sports Founder

Dave Portnoy is on campaign for 'revenge' against Insider.com over allegations of sexual misconduct

(Newser) - After Insider.com published an article accusing Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy of sexual misconduct, Portnoy adamantly denied the allegations and fired back on Twitter: "Here is what people have to know about me," he wrote . "If you wrong me I will burn you to the ground....

Dave Portnoy: 'I've Never Done Anything Weird With a Girl'

Barstool Sports founder says he's never done 'anything remotely nonconsensual'

(Newser) - Dave Portnoy, founder and president of Barstool Sports, is no stranger to controversy. Last year, after a Twitter thread highlighted video clips in which he used the N-word, supported a colleague's use of blackface, and said he assumed Colin Kaepernick was Arab and therefore "an ISIS guy,"...

Mario Batali Enters Plea on Assault Charge
Mario Batali
Will Go on
Trial in April
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Mario Batali Will Go on Trial in April

Celebrity chef pleaded not guilty to allegation he forcibly kissed, groped woman at eatery in 2017

(Newser) - Update: Celebrity chef Mario Batali's trial on a sexual misconduct charge in Boston has been set for April 11, Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins' office said Tuesday after a hearing. Batali pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery on allegations that he forcibly kissed and groped a...

If California Bill Passes, No More 'Stealthing' During Sex
First State Bans
'Stealthing' During Sex
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First State Bans 'Stealthing' During Sex

Legislation classifies nonconsensual removal of condom as sexual battery

(Newser) - Update: California on Thursday became the first state to prohibit "stealthing," the nonconsensual removal of a condom during sex, when Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law that defines the act as sexual battery, the AP reports. Our original story from Feb. 9, 2021, follows:

Fox Worker's Suit: Napolitano Harassed Me, Kudlow Uses Slurs

Network says it has 'parted ways' with Napolitano amid new sexual harassment claims

(Newser) - Fox News has dumped legal analyst Andrew Napolitano, on the heels of a lawsuit alleging the former New Jersey Superior Court judge sexually harassed a Fox Business production assistant. Deadline and Adweek report that employee, 27-year-old John Fawcett, filed his complaint against the network in New York on Monday, seeking...

Unapologetic Smiley Buys Radio Station for a Comeback

PBS fired host in 2017 after allegations

(Newser) - Three years after workplace misconduct allegations cost veteran TV and radio talk show host Tavis Smiley his job and a national forum, he wants to return to the air. Smiley, who continues to deny the claims of unwanted sexual behavior that led PBS to drop his long-running show, is attempting...

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