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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,...

Some Big Names Went to Bat for Masterson in Support Letters

Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis called 'That '70s Show' co-star a 'role model' who helped them avoid drugs

(Newser) - Nearly 50 people submitted letters in support of That '70s Show actor Danny Masterson ahead of his sentencing this week for the rape of two women in 2003, and now some of those letters are coming to light, with some big names behind them. Married couple Ashton Kutcher and...

Actor Danny Masterson Gets 30 Years to Life for Rapes

'That '70s Show' star was convicted in two assaults

(Newser) - A judge sentenced That '70s Show star Danny Masterson to 30 years to life in prison Thursday for the rapes of two women two decades ago. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlaine F. Olmedo handed down the sentence to the 47-year-old Masterson after hearing statements from the women about the...

PM: Video of Mob Assaulting Women 'Shamed India'

Modi vows action after mob is filmed bringing two women to field

(Newser) - Disturbing footage out of India shows a group of men sexually assaulting two naked women being led to an empty field, where at least one of the women was gang-raped, according to a police complaint. Footage of the May 4 incident has triggered an uprising in the state of Manipur,...

In Houston Suburb, a 'Very, Very Evil, Evil Thing'

Couple accused of kidnapping teen, holding her captive for a month

(Newser) - An 18-year-old woman was sexually abused over the course of a month while held against her will in a Texas neighborhood before escaping her restraints and running for help, according to police. A resident of the Houston suburb of Humble tells KHOU that a "shaking" barefoot woman showed up...

Man Who Raped, Impregnated Ohio 10-Year-Old Sentenced

Gerson Fuentes' victim had to travel to Indiana for abortion

(Newser) - An Ohio man who raped his girlfriend's young daughter, causing the 10-year-old to seek an abortion in Indiana in a case that made national headlines, has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years. Gerson Fuentes, a 28-year-old Guatemalan national, pleaded guilty to...

A Decade of Legal Battles Between Kesha, Dr. Luke Is Over

Suits, countersuits that started in 2014 have all been settled

(Newser) - After nearly 10 years, the legal battle between Kesha and Dr. Luke is over. The pop star had, in 2014, sued the music producer, claiming he drugged and raped her while they were working together. He countersued, and a series of other claims and counterclaims followed. But on Thursday, both...

Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Rape Trial Stopped Right Before It Started

Actor settles with woman who said he raped her in New York hotel room a decade ago

(Newser) - Just as a trial was to begin, it was revealed Tuesday that Cuba Gooding Jr. has settled accusations that he raped a woman in a New York City hotel a decade ago, according to court records. The actor had insisted through lawyers that his encounter with the woman was consensual...

Alice Sebold's New Life Is One of Grief and 'Shame'

Bestselling author hasn't yet met with Anthony Broadwater, whom she once thought raped her

(Newser) - More than a year after the man she wrongfully accused of raping her had his conviction overturned, author Alice Sebold is still struggling to comprehend her role in what happened. "I still don't know where to go with this but to grief and to silence and to shame,...

Ex-NFL Punter: Evidence Shows I Wasn't at Alleged Rape

Alleged victim reviewed the video, says 'I don't think it exonerates anybody'

(Newser) - A 101-minute long recording reveals NFL-drafted punter Matt Araiza was not present for the alleged gang rape of a teenager by members of the San Diego State football team. Araiza, who was previously let go by the Buffalo Bills, has sent the recording to NFL teams in an effort to...

Ex-Manager Accuses Singer of 'Torrential Sexual Abuse'

Country singer Jimmie Allen dropped by label after former manager files lawsuit

(Newser) - Country singer Jimmie Allen is being sued by a former member of his management team who says she was repeatedly raped during a "torrential cycle" of abuse over 18 months. The former manager, a woman in her early 20s, has filed a civil lawsuit against Allen alleging sexual battery,...

Jury in Trump's Rape Trial Begins Deliberations

Both sides presented closing arguments Monday

(Newser) - A jury in New York City is set to begin deliberations Tuesday in a civil trial over advice columnist E. Jean Carroll's claims that Donald Trump raped her in a luxury Manhattan department store in 1996, the AP reports. US District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan will read instructions on...

Friend Told E. Jean Carroll, 'He'll Bury You'

'To get my day in court finally is everything,' says writer who accuses Donald Trump of rape

(Newser) - A "very funny situation" in the Bergdorf Goodman department store developed into anything but when Donald Trump followed E. Jean Carroll into a dressing room and raped her in 1996, the writer testified in court Wednesday. Breaking down in tears at various points during the hours-long testimony, the former...

E. Jean Carroll Takes Stand in Trump Civil Trial

Carroll said the former president 'lied and shattered my reputation'

(Newser) - Writer E. Jean Carroll testified in her lawsuit against former President Donald Trump on Wednesday, stating that in 1996 Trump raped her in a fitting room and later denied and defamed her after she went public, reports NPR . On the stand, Carroll indicated she's seeking to restore her reputation....

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