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Scrubs Producer Faces Multiple Life Sentences in Rape Trial

The 28 counts against Eric Weinberg include sexual battery, sexual penetration by force

(Newser) - A writer and producer on the hit TV show Scrubs will stand trial on 28 counts of rape, sexual battery, and other charges, a judge ruled Tuesday. Eric Weinberg was initially charged in 2022 with sexually assaulting five women he allegedly lured to photoshoots at his home between 2014 and...

Cops: US Fugitive Killed 4 Women in Canada in the '70s

And Canadian authorities think the now-dead serial sex offender may have killed more

(Newser) - Canadian police announced Friday they have linked the deaths of four young women nearly 50 years ago to a now-deceased US fugitive who hid in Canada from the mid-1970s to the late 1990s, the AP reports. Alberta Royal Canadian Mounted Police Supt. Dave Hall said Friday that Gary Allen Srery...

Laken Riley Murder Suspect Indicted on 10 Charges

Jose Ibarra was allegedly a 'peeping Tom' on another student earlier

(Newser) - The man accused of killing nursing student Laken Riley on the University of Georgia campus in February was spotted peering through the window of a UGA student shortly before the murder. That's according to an indictment filed Tuesday against Jose Antonio Ibarra, a 26-year-old citizen of Venezuela who entered...

American Who Attacked 2 Tourists Gets Life in Prison in Germany

Unnamed 31-year-old raped, murdered US citizen, injured another at popular tourist spot

(Newser) - An American man was convicted of murder and other charges on Monday for brutally attacking two American women near Germany's famed Neuschwanstein Castle last summer and pushing them into a ravine, fatally injuring one of them. He was sentenced to life in prison, reports the AP . The Kempten state...

Lawmakers OK Bill Nixing Marital Loophole for Sex Assault

Legislation now heads to desk of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to sign

(Newser) - Certain sexual assaults against a spouse would be criminalized in West Virginia for the first time under a bill passed Friday by the Republican-dominated House of Delegates. The bill would remove marriage as a defense to first- and third-degree sexual assault. The House passed the bill without debate on a...

Travel Bloggers Tell 200K Followers of Brutal India Attack

Woman described being raped while her partner was beaten

(Newser) - The woman in the Instagram video appeared shaken. Her face was swollen and bruised. Sitting beside her partner, she began recounting her ordeal. "Something happened to us that we wouldn't wish on anyone," she said in Spanish, with captions in English. "Seven men raped me, and...

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...

Man Who Blamed Identical Twin for Rapes Gets 140 Years

California's Kevin Konther ultimately didn't get away with attacks that happened more than 25 years ago

(Newser) - In 2019, DNA testing led investigators with the Orange County Sheriff's Department to haul in two suspects for a set of cold-case rapes in California—identical twins, each insisting they were innocent. In fact, Kevin Konther blamed his brother for the crimes, which included the rape of a 9-year-old...

In States With Abortion Bans, This Number Stands Out

There were 520K rapes in 14 states, resulting in 64K pregnancies

(Newser) - In September 2021, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott insisted that his state's strict six-week abortion ban was adequate time for women to obtain an abortion, and that he would "eliminate all rapists" in his state, implying that pregnancies from rape in Texas would eventually no longer be an issue....

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 "...

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...

That '70s Show Star Sent to State Prison

Authorities release first prison mugshot of Danny Masterson

(Newser) - That '70s Show actor Danny Masterson has been sent to a California state prison to serve his sentence for two rape convictions. Authorities said Wednesday that the 47-year-old Masterson has been admitted to North Kern State Prison, and they released his first prison mugshot, the AP reports. The photo...

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...

One Day After Suit Against Combs, a Resolution

Hip-hop mogul, R&B singer Cassie say they've reached a settlement 'amicably'

(Newser) - A day after R&B singer Cassie filed a federal complaint against hip-hop mogul Sean Combs (aka Diddy, aka Puff Daddy), accusing Combs of rape, physical abuse, and sex trafficking over their decadelong relationship, the two arrived at a settlement, reports the AP . In a Friday statement sent by Douglas...

Ex-Lawmaker Served 45 Years, Faces Sex Crimes Charges

Former North Dakota state Sen. Ray Holmberg is accused of traveling to Prague for sex with minor

(Newser) - A former longtime North Dakota lawmaker has been indicted on a federal charge alleging he traveled to Prague with the intent to rape a minor. The four-page indictment against former Republican state Sen. Ray Holmberg also charges him with one count of receiving images depicting child sexual abuse. The indictment...

US Tourist Charged With Murder at Famed Castle

Indictment filed against suspect accused of attacking 2 fellow Americans in Germany

(Newser) - An American man has been charged with murder and other offenses for attacking two women from the US near Neuschwanstein castle in Germany in June and pushing them into a ravine, fatally injuring one of them, prosecutors said Thursday. The indictment against the 31-year-old suspect, whose name hasn't been...

AI Study Shows What Phrasing Can Tank Solving Rape Crimes

An analysis of police reports found biased language led to more convictions

(Newser) - While AI is often in the news for how it might destroy humankind (or at the very least, take our jobs), it also has potential for good, like helping solve crimes. Per Cleveland.com , a professor published two articles in the Journal of Criminal Justice that demonstrate how she used...

Depardieu on Rape, Sexual Assault Claims: It 'Gets to Me'

In open letter, French actor insists 'I have never, ever abused a woman'

(Newser) - Gerard Depardieu is facing down rape and sexual assault claims that stretch back years, and he's remained mostly reticent about the accusations. Now, the 74-year-old French actor has penned an open letter pushing back on the allegations and insisting that "I finally want to tell you my truth,...

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