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Illinois Removes Judge Who Reversed Rape Conviction

Robert Adrian abused his position, oversight body says

(Newser) - An Illinois judge whose decision to reverse the conviction of a man he found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl drew outrage has been removed from the bench. The Illinois Courts Commission found that Adams County Judge Robert Adrian circumvented the law and engaged in misconduct, the AP reports. The...

Judge Tosses Sexual Assault Suit Against Steven Tyler

Ruling says New York City law on old accusations doesn't apply to this case

(Newser) - Steven Tyler's accuser waited too long to bring a sexual assault lawsuit against the Aerosmith lead singer, a federal judge has ruled in dismissing the case. US District Judge Lewis Kaplan decided Wednesday that Jeanne Bellino's filing does not meet the conditions of the New York City law...

Florida Passes Bill to Release Epstein Transcripts

Measure to unseal records from 2006 grand jury is headed to governor's desk

(Newser) - The transcripts of a 2006 grand jury that investigated Jeffrey Epstein 's sexual assaults of underage girls will be released to the public under a bill heading to Florida's governor after it was unanimously passed by the Legislature. The bill, which passed the Senate on Wednesday after earlier...

US Tourists: We Were Drugged, Raped in Bahamas

2 women from Kentucky say resort employee offered them tainted drinks

(Newser) - Two women from Kentucky say they were drugged and raped after leaving a Carnival cruise ship to visit a Bahamas resort on Sunday. The two women, both 31, were lounging at the resort in Freeport, Grand Bahama, when they were approached by an employee who offered them a two-for-one drink...

Police Chief Apologizes in Hockey Sex Assault Case

Chief 'not happy' it took nearly 6 years for arrests to be made

(Newser) - It took more than five years for the NHL players accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Ontario in 2018 to be arrested , and now Canadian police are apologizing to the woman. "I want to extend, on behalf of the London Police Service, my sincerest apology to the victim,...

4 NHLers Charged With Sexual Assault

5 members of Canada's 2018 world junior team surrender to police in London, Ontario

(Newser) - Five professional hockey players who were members of Canada's 2018 World Junior Championships team have been charged with sexual assault in London, Ontario. Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart, Calgary Flames forward Dillon Dube, New Jersey Devils center Michael McLeod, Devils defenseman Cal Foote, and former Ottawa Senators forward Alex...

Artist: I Was Sexually Assaulted While Performing Nude in Famed Exhibit

He's now suing MoMA, saying museum didn't take action

(Newser) - A performer who appeared naked in a show by world-renowned performance artist Marina Abramovic at New York City's Museum of Modern Art is suing the museum, saying it failed to take action after he was sexually assaulted multiple times by attendees during the performances nearly 14 years ago, the...

Lawsuit Accuses Vince McMahon of Sex Trafficking
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WWE Founder McMahon Resigns

This following a suit accusing company's founder of sexually assaulting former employee

(Newser) - Vince McMahon has cut ties with the WWE. The AP reports that the wrestling giant's 78-year-old founder resigned his position Friday as executive chair of the board of TKO Group Holdings, WWE's parent company, a day after former WWE staffer Janel Grant filed a suit accusing McMahon and...

Judge Rules on Soccer Honcho's 'Unconsented' Kiss

Luis Rubiales, Spain's former soccer chief, must head to trial, per Thursday ruling

(Newser) - After sullying his nation's Women's World Cup victory, former Spanish soccer chief Luis Rubiales will face trial for kissing forward Jenni Hermoso without her consent at the final. Judge Francisco de Jorge ruled on Thursday that Rubiales' kiss was "unconsented and carried out unilaterally and in a...

Lawsuit: Knicks Owner, Harvey Weinstein Both Assaulted Me

Massage therapist accuses James Dolan of arranging meeting between her, Weinstein

(Newser) - A new lawsuit accuses James Dolan—CEO of Madison Square Garden and owner of the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers—of sexual assault. Harvey Weinstein, currently imprisoned on other sexual assault convictions, is also named in the suit. Kellye Croft says in 2013, when she was 27,...

Anti-Trafficking Group Founder Faces Criminal Complaints

Multiple women say they were sexually assaulted by Tim Ballard

(Newser) - Operation Underground Railroad founder Tim Ballard's legal troubles are getting deeper. Celeste Borys, Ballard's former executive assistant at the anti-child trafficking group, has filed criminal complaints in five jurisdictions alleging that he sexually assaulted her, attorney Suzette Rasmussen tells the Salt Lake Tribune . Rasmussen, whose client has already...

Suit: I Was Raped, Impregnated by Lyft Driver

Florida woman Tabatha Means seeks damages, safety reforms at ride-share company

(Newser) - A Florida woman claims Lyft failed to protect her from a driver who followed her into her home and repeatedly raped her while she was intoxicated, resulting in the birth of a son. Tabatha Means is suing the ride-share company over the alleged attack in April 2019. "Over the...

Mariska Hargitay Denied Her Own Rape. Then, a 'Reckoning'

'Law & Order: SVU' star, 59, details sexual assault in her 30s in 'People' essay

(Newser) - "It wasn't sexual at all. It was dominance and control. Overpowering control." That's how Mariska Hargitay, known for her role as Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU, describes a rape she endured decades ago, revealed for the first time in what CNN calls a "...

Nigel Lythgoe to Sit Out Season After Accusations

'So You Think You Can Dance' judge faces sexual assault lawsuits, one filed by Paula Abdul

(Newser) - Facing sexual assault accusations, Nigel Lythgoe says he won't be involved in the upcoming season of So You Think You Can Dance. The judge and producer on the show said he's removing himself voluntarily "because this great program has always been about dance and dancers, and that'...

2 Women Do as Paula Abdul Did, Sue Nigel Lythgoe

Abdul had alleged he assaulted her twice, once on 'Idol' and once on 'SYTYCD'

(Newser) - Former American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe has been hit with an additional sexual assault suit days after Paula Abdul made headlines by filing one of her own. On Tuesday, former All American Girl contestants Jane Doe K.G. and Jane Doe K.N. accused Lythgoe—identified as John Roe N....

UK Police Investigate Girl's Virtual Rape

Traumatic VR attack and others like it could spawn new laws prohibiting such behavior

(Newser) - Police in the UK have launched what's believed to be the first investigation of an alleged virtual rape. A girl younger than 16 was using a virtual reality (VR) headset when avatars controlled by adult men attacked her avatar, causing what a senior officer describes as "psychological trauma...

Jermaine Jackson Faces Sexual Assault Lawsuit

Rita Barrett's filing blames Berry Gordy for coverup

(Newser) - A member of the Jackson 5 has been named in a sexual assault lawsuit. Jermaine Jackson, whose younger brother was music superstar Michael Jackson, was sued Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by Rita Barrett, who says the singer attacked her in 1988. The suit claims sexual battery, battery, sexual...

Vin Diesel Sued for Alleged Sexual Assault

Former assistant claims actor assaulted her, then terminated her in retaliation

(Newser) - A woman who worked for Vin Diesel for less than two weeks before being let go in 2010 says the actor sexually assaulted her, then had his sister terminate her employment because she resisted. Asta Jonasson sued the actor under the California law passed last year that opened up a...

Suit: Tech CEO Led Me Into 'Dark Abyss of Sexual Horror'

Christian Lanng, ex-chief of Tradeshift, has denied the rape, torture, harassment allegations

(Newser) - The former executive assistant for a fired tech CEO has now filed a lawsuit against him alleging he made her sign a "slave contract," then harassed, tortured, and sexually assaulted her. Per the Mercury News , the complaint against Christian Lanng, who was fired from business software company Tradeshift...

Both Sides Drop Lawsuits in Bills' Ex-Punter Rape Allegation

Plaintiff drops complaint against Matt Araiza; his attorneys say he plans to return to NFL

(Newser) - A lawsuit against former Buffalo Bills punter Matt Araiza accusing him of sexual assault has been dropped. Per TMZ , the civil complaint had alleged the now-23-year-old free agent, along with two of his teammates at San Diego State, had raped a 17-year-old at a 2021 off-campus Halloween party in Southern...

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