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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Oct 10, 2019. 13 comments

The Queasy Power of Shamelessness

The Queasy Power of Shamelessness

Noah Levine, the influential punk rock Buddhist teacher whose meditation society, Against the Stream, collapsed after he was accused of sexual misconduct , never spoke to me for two stories I wrote about the allegations against him , despite my best efforts to contact him. But he did sit down this summer with Los Angeles magazine, for an interview published in July. In it, he indicated that...

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Hazel Cills Hazel Cills Oct 04, 2019. 5 comments

Women File Sexual Misconduct Lawsuit Against James Franco

Women File Sexual Misconduct Lawsuit Against James Franco

Two women who attended James Franco’s film and acting school, Studio 4, have reportedly filed a lawsuit against the actor and his partners, saying that the school was an environment of “harassment and sexual exploitation both in and out of the class.”

The lawsuit was filed by Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal, according to the New York Times. Tither-Kaplan previously spoke with The Los...

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Ashley Reese Ashley Reese Sep 30, 2019. 6 comments

Another Woman Has Accused Al Franken of Groping

Another Woman Has Accused Al Franken of Groping

Another woman has come forward accusing former Al Franken of groping her, bringing the number of women who have alleged misconduct against the comedian and former senator up to nine. The news of the allegation comes just days after a doting interview with Conan O’Brien and the announcement that Franken will be hosting a SiriusXM radio program.

The woman told New York magazine that Franken...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Aug 30, 2019. 21 comments

Emily Yoffe Back on Her Bullshit—Here's What an Alleged Victim Says She Left Out in Her Latest Contested MeToo Story

Emily Yoffe Back on Her Bullshit—Here's What an Alleged Victim Says She Left Out in Her Latest Contested MeToo Story

Emily Yoffe, a current contributing editor at the Atlantic and Slate’s former advice columnist, has a specialty, of sorts: as I wrote in the prehistoric days of 2015, she has a tendency to write pieces about sexual assault that “tend to conclude that the accuser was wrong, lying, or drunk.” But she’s updated the formula somewhat: in a recent piece for Reason, Yoffe instead concludes that two...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Aug 15, 2019. 4 comments

Glenn Thrush Kept His Book Advance Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations, but Co-Author Maggie Haberman Didn't

Glenn Thrush Kept His Book Advance Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations, but Co-Author Maggie Haberman Didn't

Buzzfeed is reporting that after New York Times star reporter Glenn Thrush was dropped from a Random House book deal with his colleague Maggie Haberman, he kept his advance, while she was ultimately required to repay hers. Thrush was dropped from that deal, and reassigned at the Times, after a Vox story reported that several former colleagues had experienced sexually inappropriate and...

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Alexis Sobel Fitts Alexis Sobel Fitts Aug 13, 2019. 5 comments

'How Do You Say No To God?': Opera Star Placido Domingo Accused of Sexually Harassing Women Colleagues For Decades

'How Do You Say No To God?': Opera Star Placido Domingo Accused of Sexually Harassing Women Colleagues For Decades

In the world of classical music, Placido Domingo is a rare breakout star whose fame bubbles over into mainstream celebrity: The director of the Los Angeles Opera, Domingo, 78, still performs to sold-out audiences; Sesame Street has parodied him with a muppet bird, Placido Flamingo; as part of “The Three Tenors,” he’s responsible for the best-selling classical album in history.

Now, nine...

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Maria Sherman Maria Sherman Aug 09, 2019.

Yet Another USC Doctor Has Been Accused of Sexual Assault

Yet Another USC Doctor Has Been Accused of Sexual Assault

According to Los Angeles Magazine, yet another physician at the University of Southern California has been accused of sexual battery, gender violence, and sexual harassment by multiple former patients.

A student journalism project at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, The Beacon Project, reports that 48 gay and bisexual men have come...

Aug 07, 2019. 4 comments

After Sexual Abuse Allegations, James Levine Is Still Getting a Settlement

After Sexual Abuse Allegations, James Levine Is Still Getting a Settlement

According to the Guardian, The New York Metropolitan Opera has settled its lawsuits with disgraced conductor James Levine, who the organization fired after finding what they allege to be “credible evidence that Mr. Levine had engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct both before and during the period when he worked at the Met.” Levine worked as the Met’s music director for four...

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Maria Sherman Maria Sherman Aug 07, 2019. 15 comments

Casey Affleck Is an Ally Now?

Casey Affleck Is an Ally Now?

Casey Affleck, alleged sexual harasser, all around creep and Hollywood person, has been slowly but surely making his way back into a comeback nearly a decade after two women filed sexual harassment lawsuits against him in 2010. (In case you’ve forgotten: the suits were settled out of court for undisclosed amounts.)

Affleck paid a visit to Dax Shepard‘s Armchair Expert podcast to talk about...

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Rebecca Fishbein Rebecca Fishbein Jul 29, 2019.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Will Keep Hayden Planetarium Job Following Sexual Misconduct Investigation

Neil deGrasse Tyson Will Keep Hayden Planetarium Job Following Sexual Misconduct Investigation

After an investigation into allegations made by multiple women accusing physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson of sexual misconduct, the American Museum of Natural History announced over the weekend that he will keep his job as the director of the museum’s Hayden Planetarium.

According to Deadline, the museum released a statement on Saturday confirming its “investigation into allegations” against...

Frida Garza Frida Garza Jul 12, 2019. 22 comments

Aziz Ansari Effectively Interrogates Others, But Not Himself, in Netflix Standup

Aziz Ansari Effectively Interrogates Others, But Not Himself, in Netflix Standup

Aziz Ansari begins his new Netflix comedy special Aziz Ansari: Right Now, with an admission. Not of guilt, but of the fact that he’s spent the past year thinking a lot about the sexual misconduct allegations made against him in a story published by Babe.net in 2018. “I haven’t said much about that whole thing, um, but I’ve talked about it on this tour,” he says, sitting on a stool on stage at...

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Emily Alford Emily Alford Jun 23, 2019. 9 comments

Jill Soloway Will Replace Bryan Singer as the Director of Red Sonja

Jill Soloway Will Replace Bryan Singer as the Director of Red Sonja

Jill Soloway, creator of Transparent and I Love Dick, will replace Bryan Singer as the director of Red Sonja on the heels of a damning piece in the Atlantic alleging Singer sexually assaulted multiple underage boys (not to mention years of similar rumors).

Initially, Millennium Films said it would keep Singer on as director despite the allegations. Then in February, the company announced...

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Esther Wang Esther Wang May 24, 2019. 10 comments

Harvey Weinstein Reportedly Has Reached a $44 Million Settlement to End His Sexual Misconduct Lawsuits

Harvey Weinstein Reportedly Has Reached a $44 Million Settlement to End His Sexual Misconduct Lawsuits

Harvey Weinstein has reportedly reached a $44 million deal to end the numerous lawsuits filed by women who have accused him of sexual misconduct and assault.

The settlement, which would cover many of the more than dozen lawsuits filed against Weinstein and his former company, was negotiated with his victims, the board members of his former film studio, and the New York attorney general’s...

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Lauren Evans Lauren Evans May 21, 2019. 4 comments

Jason Mitchell Dropped From The Chi Following Misconduct Allegations

Jason Mitchell Dropped From The Chi Following Misconduct Allegations

Jason Mitchell, best known for his roles in Straight Outta Compton and Mudbound, has been dropped from the cast of The Chi and the upcoming Netflix film Desperados following allegations of misconduct.

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

A source with knowledge of the Showtime series says Tiffany Boone, who played Mitchell’s girlfriend on The Chi, was among several actresses on the series who...

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Prachi Gupta Prachi Gupta May 18, 2019. 21 comments

Motivational Speaker Tony Robbins Accused of Verbal Abuse and Sexual Misconduct

Motivational Speaker Tony Robbins Accused of Verbal Abuse and Sexual Misconduct

Tony Robbins, a motivational speaker who is famous from infomercials, books, and self-help seminars, has been accused verbal abuse and making unwanted sexual advances towards followers and fans.

Over the past year, BuzzFeed has collected accounts from former fans, followers, insiders, along with leaked recordings and internal documents. Together, the evidence portrays a disturbing culture...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg May 07, 2019. 7 comments

Rumsey Hall Latest Elite Private School to Disclose Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

Rumsey Hall Latest Elite Private School to Disclose Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

Last week, the Rumsey Hall School, a coed K-9 boarding and day school in Connecticut, became the most recent private school to disclose the findings of a wide-ranging sexual misconduct investigation. In a letter sent to alumni, parents, and other affiliates, the school’s current leadership described corroborated allegations of abuse levied against three faculty members since the late...

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Lauren Evans Lauren Evans Apr 04, 2019. 8 comments

Wynn Resorts Executives Covered Up Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Steve Wynn: Report

Wynn Resorts Executives Covered Up Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Steve Wynn: Report

Executives at Wynn Resorts covered up several years of sexual misconduct allegations against casino magnate Steve Wynn, a report from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission says.

According to CNN,

The report, released this week as part of ongoing hearings before state gaming regulators, said the company fostered a culture of secrecy in which victims of sexual misconduct and harassment became...

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Maria Sherman Maria Sherman Mar 22, 2019. 17 comments

Nearly 1,600 Motel Guests in South Korea Were Secretly Filmed and Live-Streamed for Paying Customers

Nearly 1,600 Motel Guests in South Korea Were Secretly Filmed and Live-Streamed for Paying Customers

According to a new report from CNN, nearly 1,600 motel guests have been secretly filmed “across 42 rooms in 30 accommodations in 10 cities,” in South Korea. Police discovered Wednesday that the footage was live-streamed for paying costumers to view (for a monthly fee of $44.95), and, through their investigation, stated that it doesn’t appear that any of the lodging facilities colluded with...

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Maria Sherman Maria Sherman Mar 15, 2019. 8 comments

HIGHLIGHT's Yong Junhyung Leaves K-Pop Group Amid Ongoing Sex Crimes Investigation

HIGHLIGHT's Yong Junhyung Leaves K-Pop Group Amid Ongoing Sex Crimes Investigation

Yesterday Jezebel reported on the various sex crime investigations that have overwhelmed the K-pop music industry this week: On Sunday, BIGBANG’s Senguri was booked during a police raid at a nightclub in Seoul for allegedly suppling “drug-addled” women to potential investors for paid sex. That led to charges against Korean singer-songwriter and TV personality Jung Joon Young, who plead...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Mar 08, 2019. 4 comments

You Can't Keep Glenn Thrush Down (Because the New York Times Keeps Handing Him Plum Assignments Despite His Losing the White House Beat Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations) 

You Can't Keep Glenn Thrush Down (Because the New York Times Keeps Handing Him Plum Assignments Despite His Losing the White House Beat Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations) 

In November 2017, Vox published a story in which Glenn Thrush, then the White House correspondent for the New York Times, was accused of sexually inappropriate behavior towards female colleagues . Thrush, who’d been one of the most visible Times reporters in DC—he was frequently seen in the White House press briefing room, and so identifiable he was parodied by Saturday Night Live—was put on...

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