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Maria Sherman Maria Sherman Nov 20, 2019 at 23:42.

Dr. Luke Is Back, and He's Accusing Kesha's Former Lawyer of Lying About Court Documents

Dr. Luke Is Back, and He's Accusing Kesha's Former Lawyer of Lying About Court Documents

The last time I recall hearing about Dr. Luke was all the way back in January, when Lady Gaga reiterated her support for Kesha in an unsealed deposition. Kesha, as you may remember, accused Dr. Luke (real name Lukasz Gottwald) of sexual and emotional abuse including rape, and filed a suit against him in 2014. He countersued for defamation , and their legal battle continues. Kesha’s request...

Joan Summers Joan Summers Nov 20, 2019 at 03:00.

Michael Jackson Accusers May Get Another Day in Court

Michael Jackson Accusers May Get Another Day in Court

After lawsuits from prominent Michael Jackson accuser Wade Robson were dismissed in 2015 and again in 2017, three judges from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeals ruled Monday that both Robson and fellow Jackson accuser James Safechuck could see those dismissals overturned. While leaving the courthouse, Robson told TMZ, “We’re going to trial.”

The landmark ruling is the first...

Maria Sherman Maria Sherman Nov 19, 2019 at 22:05. 5 comments

Two Jail Workers Arrested for Failing to Check on Jeffrey Epstein the Night of His Suicide

Two Jail Workers Arrested for Failing to Check on Jeffrey Epstein the Night of His Suicide

Two federal employees of The Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan were taken into custody Tuesday morning for their failure to check in on Jeffrey Epstein the night he died by suicide, the New York Times reports. They are expected to be charged later today.

On August 9, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was found hanged with a bed sheet two weeks after he was discovered...

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Maria Sherman Maria Sherman Nov 11, 2019. 6 comments

French Actor Valentine Monnier Accuses Roman Polanski of 'Violent Rape'

French Actor Valentine Monnier Accuses Roman Polanski of 'Violent Rape'

Convicted child rapist Roman Polanski has been accused of “violently raping” another woman, totaling at least six allegations of sexual assault from women who were teenagers and/or minors at the time of the attack. According to the New York Times, French photographer Valentine Monnier says Polanski attacked her in 1975 at his ski chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland when she was just 18 years old....

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Nov 08, 2019. 3 comments

Sexual Assault Under the Guise of 'Adjustments' Is Rampant in the Yoga World

Sexual Assault Under the Guise of 'Adjustments' Is Rampant in the Yoga World

Yoga studios are vulnerable places. Even under ideal circumstances, most yoga involves gamely contorting to the best of one’s ability, soft underbelly literally exposed, waiting for a teacher to walk by and confirm one has arranged one’s limbs in an effective and pleasing manner. And according to a depressingly predictable New York Times report, it would seem that for decades, male yogis have...

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Nov 05, 2019. 6 comments

E. Jean Carroll Becomes the Second Woman to Sue Donald Trump for Defamation

E. Jean Carroll Becomes the Second Woman to Sue Donald Trump for Defamation

E. Jean Carroll, the journalist who alleges President Donald Trump raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room, is moving forward with a defamation suit after Trump dismissed the accusations by saying Carroll is “not [his] type].

Carroll, who first detailed the alleged attack in her memoir What Do We Need Men For?, filed the lawsuit in New York City on November 4. In the memoir, Carroll...

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Lauren Evans Lauren Evans Nov 04, 2019. 18 comments

Ronan Farrow Says Rape Allegations Against Bill Clinton Should Be Revisited

Ronan Farrow Says Rape Allegations Against Bill Clinton Should Be Revisited

Ronan Farrow said outright on Friday night’s Real Time with Bill Maher that the rape allegation leveled by Juanita Broaddrick against Bill Clinton “has been overdue for revisiting.”

Maher asked a panel of commentators—which included Farrow—whether Clinton could have weathered the allegations today, drawing a parallel between Clinton’s entanglement with Monica Lewinsky and the recent

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Nov 03, 2019. 2 comments

North Carolina Is Fixing Its Bonkers Consent Law

North Carolina Is Fixing Its Bonkers Consent Law

The North Carolina legislature — which is controlled by Republicans — has come together to unanimously approve a bill that will overhaul the state’s outdated sexual assault laws. Gov. Roy Cooper (D) is expected to sign the bill.

The state laws have allowed for several, to put it lightly and politely, absolutely batshit rape exceptions. For example, one loophole said it was illegal to revoke...

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Esther Wang Esther Wang Oct 31, 2019. 7 comments

The Nightmarish Prospect of 'Debating,' Again, Whether Jeffrey Epstein Died By Suicide or Was Murdered

The Nightmarish Prospect of 'Debating,' Again, Whether Jeffrey Epstein Died By Suicide or Was Murdered

 

When it was announced in August that Jeffrey Epstein had died by suicide in his cell at the Manhattan Correctional Center, conspiracy theories about his death spread like a fast-growing mold—including outlandish claims that the Clintons had Epstein murdered, promoted by no less than Donald Trump, and other speculation that Epstein had been killed by the powerful men who had allegedly...

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Oct 28, 2019. 7 comments

NBC Will Release Victims From Their Confidentiality Agreements, but They Have to Ask First

NBC Will Release Victims From Their Confidentiality Agreements, but They Have to Ask First

On an October 25 broadcast of The Rachel Maddow Show featuring Catch and Kill author Ronan Farrow , NBC announced that the network will release employees who have been victims of sexual misconduct at the network from confidentiality agreements provided that they individually ask to be released.

The move is likely in response to Farrow’s allegations that network executives knew about rampant...

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Oct 26, 2019. 11 comments

Donald Trump's Personal Calendar Might Corroborate an Apprentice Contestant's Alleged Sexual Assault

Donald Trump's Personal Calendar Might Corroborate an Apprentice Contestant's Alleged Sexual Assault

Because former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos is one of 25 women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, it is depressingly easy to forget her story: Zervos, a former contestant on the Apprentice, claims that President Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in 2007 at the Beverly Hills Hotel under the pretense of inviting her for a job interview. In 2016, she went...

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Ashley Reese Ashley Reese Oct 25, 2019. 17 comments

Hero Women Kicked Out of Bar After Confronting Harvey Weinstein [UPDATED]

Hero Women Kicked Out of Bar After Confronting Harvey Weinstein [UPDATED]

Producer Harvey Weinstein isn’t letting dozens of sexual assault accusations and rape cases get in a way of a night out, as evidenced by his presence at a New York City bar Wednesday night, where he was set to enjoy a night of schmoozing with young creative types. That is, until a few young creative types told him to fuck the fuck off.

Weinstein dropped by Manhattan’s Downtime Bar to attend...

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Oct 18, 2019. 10 comments

Former NBC News Anchor Linda Vester on Matt Lauer Allegations: 'Everybody Knew'

Former NBC News Anchor Linda Vester on Matt Lauer Allegations: 'Everybody Knew'

Linda Vester, the former NBC News anchor who accused Tom Brokaw of sexual harassment, says network executives knew former Today host Matt Lauer was “dangerous” even before allegations that he raped a co-worker at the Sochi Olympics.

Vester recently appeared on Fox News, where she also once hosted a show, to say that NBC had “enabled” alleged abusers instead of taking any meaningful steps to...

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Tracy Clark-Flory Tracy Clark-Flory Oct 10, 2019. 22 comments

Matt Lauer Insists He's the Real Victim

Matt Lauer Insists He's the Real Victim

This morning, Matt Lauer wrote a 1,300-word letter defending himself from an allegation of rape, a document that makes for a phenomenal case study in how a powerful man can turn himself into a victim. The letter follows the release of excerpts from Ronan Farrow’s upcoming book Catch and Kill, in which former NBC News employee Brooke Nevils accuses Lauer of raping her in a hotel room while...

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Esther Wang Esther Wang Oct 09, 2019. 16 comments

Matt Lauer Was Fired After a Coworker Alleged He Raped Her in His Hotel Room

Matt Lauer Was Fired After a Coworker Alleged He Raped Her in His Hotel Room

When Matt Lauer was fired at the end of 2017 by NBC News, all we knew at the time was that the news organization had received “a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace,” one that they determined was in “clear violation” of their standards and part of a pattern of misbehavior by Lauer.

Sources then revealed that Lauer had been accused of...

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Tracy Clark-Flory Tracy Clark-Flory Oct 06, 2019. 22 comments

There's No Such Thing as a 'Good Man'

There's No Such Thing as a 'Good Man'

A year ago on Sunday, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court, despite Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony that he had sexually assaulted her in high school. That he was able to take a lifetime seat on the highest court following Ford’s tearful, credible account before the Senate Judiciary Committee is still surreal. But Kavanaugh’s rise to Supreme Court Justice was rhetorically...

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Hazel Cills Hazel Cills Oct 04, 2019. 5 comments

Harvey Weinstein Will Be Tried in NYC Against His Wishes

Harvey Weinstein Will Be Tried in NYC Against His Wishes

Harvey Weinstein’s frequently delayed sexual assault trial will finally begin, after months of being pushed back, in January 2020. Despite attempts by his lawyers to get the trial moved out of Manhattan, specifically to Long Island’s Suffolk County or to Albany, the state Supreme Court has decided it will stay in Manhattan, the Associated Press reports.

Weinstein’s lawyers previously argued...

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Rebecca Fishbein Rebecca Fishbein Sep 30, 2019. 7 comments

The Fast and the Furious Director Rob Cohen Accused of Sexual Assault

The Fast and the Furious Director Rob Cohen Accused of Sexual Assault

Rob Cohen, a director, producer, and screenwriter whose credits include the first Fast and the Furious film and xXx, has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman while she was unconscious.

According to the Huffington Post, a then 28-year-old woman says she met with Cohen in 2015, presumably to discuss collaborating on a TV pilot. The woman, who is identified only as “Jane,” says Cohen...

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Ashley Reese Ashley Reese Sep 27, 2019. 17 comments

Al Franken Still Thinks He's the Victim

Al Franken Still Thinks He's the Victim

In case anyone needed another reminder that “cancel culture” is a
paranoid fantasy that only exists only in the minds of powerful men and people who are too online, let’s go ahead and check in with Al Franken and his redemption arc . Nearly two years after the comedian turned politician resigned from the Senate in response to sexual harassment allegations, Franken has returned with a podcast,...

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Megan Reynolds Megan Reynolds Sep 27, 2019. 10 comments

In Know My Name, the Whole Story Is the Hardest to Tell

In Know My Name, the Whole Story Is the Hardest to Tell

The story of Emily Doe is a familiar one. For a culture inundated with stories about sexual assault, the details of Emily Doe’s sexual assault are especially horrific. But the story itself is so familiar that the contours of what happened have entered the collective feminist memory, been absorbed and made almost mythical.

The oft-repeated story goes something like this: In January of 2015,...

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