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Miss Kansas Calls Out Her Abuser in Public

Alexis Smith said he was in the pageant audience in video now gone viral

(Newser) - A newly posted video of Miss Kansas calling out her domestic violence abuser from the stage the night she was crowned is whipping up a maelstrom of support on social media. Alexis Smith, who works overnight shifts as a cardiothoracic intensive care nurse in Wichita, was crowned Miss Kansas on...

Murder-Suicide Inspires First-of-Its-Kind US Law

It enables GPS monitoring of violent offenders, who foot the bill

(Newser) - A first-of-its-kind US law allows authorities in Tennessee to track violent domestic offenders with GPS monitoring. The law that went into effect Monday stems from the 2021 murders of Marie Varsos and her mother Debbie Sisco. Varsos had been staying with Sisco near Nashville after her estranged husband, Shaun Varsos,...

As She Lay Dying, Woman Told Her Dad, 'Ty Did This'

Manhattan woman was fatally stabbed as she left for work Monday morning

(Newser) - Shirley Rodriguez had just been attacked outside the Manhattan apartment building where she lived with her dad. In her final moments, she pressed the building's intercom button to call for her dad, and when he came down, she managed to say, "Ty did this." The 29-year-old was...

Ex-NFLer Accused of 'Gruesome' Acts Turns Himself In

Former Lions cornerback Cameron Sutton had evaded a domestic violence warrant for weeks

(Newser) - Cameron Sutton has turned himself in, ending a weekslong search for the former NFL defensive back who was wanted on a domestic violence warrant. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office announced the 29-year-old Sutton arrived at a jail in Tampa, Florida, on Sunday night, nearly a week after it said...

Convicted Marvel Actor Now Sued by Ex-Girlfriend

Jonathan Majors is sued by Grace Jabbari for assault, harassment, defamation

(Newser) - Jonathan Majors was "shocked" when he was convicted late last year of assault and harassment of an ex-girlfriend. That erstwhile lover, Grace Jabbari, is now suing the former Marvel Studios actor as well, reports the AP . The lawsuit, which is seeking at least $75,000 in damages and other...

California Boy, 15, Wielding Garden Tool Is Killed by Deputy

Deputies were called to family disturbance in San Bernardino County

(Newser) - San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies were called to a domestic disturbance in southern California's Apple Valley just before 5pm Saturday, and the incident ended with a 15-year-old boy fatally shot by a deputy. Authorities say the teen, Ryan Gainer, was allegedly assaulting family members and damaging property at...

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We Need to Stop Keeping DV Shelters Under Wraps

Writing for 'NYT,' Rachel Louise Snyder says open shelters can be just as safe, offer other benefits

(Newser) - Shelters that domestic violence victims flee to have historically been shrouded in secrecy, ostensibly to keep victims safe from their abusers. But Rachel Louise Snyder rethinks this hush-hush approach, noting that it not only keeps abusers and the general public in the dark about the shelters—it can also keep...

Marvel Drops Jonathan Majors, Hugely Disrupting Plans for MCU

Majors was just convicted in domestic violence case

(Newser) - Within hours of his conviction on two of the four charges he faced involving a domestic violence incident with his former partner, Jonathan Majors has been dumped by Marvel Studios. The actor had first played supervillain Kang the Conqueror in the first season finale of the Disney+ series Loki, and...

NBA Player Denied Entry Into Canada for Game

Sources, media outlets say denial likely has to do with Miles Bridges' legal issues

(Newser) - The Charlotte Hornets player who was arrested for alleged domestic violence against the mother of his two children last year has been denied entry into Canada from the US, and did not play in the Hornets' game against the Toronto Raptors on Monday night. Miles Bridges, who pleaded no contest...

Suspect in Fatal Memphis Shooting Rampage Found Dead

3 women, teen girl were killed, and another teen girl was seriously injured

(Newser) - A suspect in Tennessee died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot while on the run early Sunday after he allegedly killed four and seriously injured a fifth victim during a deadly outbreak of domestic violence Saturday night, police said. Officers found Mavis Christian Jr., 52, in his car during a manhunt...

Schitt's Creek Actor is Sorry for Halloween Costume

Emily Hampshire and a friend dressed up as Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

(Newser) - Schitt's Creek actor Emily Hampshire has apologized for what she says is "one of the most thoughtless, insensitive, and ignorant things" she has ever done. In photos posted on Instagram, the Canadian actor dressed as Johnny Depp and a friend dressed as Amber Heard. They wore outfits Depp...

Prosecutors Say NBA Star Fractured Girlfriend's Vertebra

Kevin Porter Jr. charged with assault, strangulation

(Newser) - Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. choked his girlfriend with such force in a New York City hotel room early Monday that he fractured one of the vertebrae in her neck, prosecutors said at a hearing Tuesday. Porter, 23, pleaded not guilty to felony assault and strangulation. He was released...

SCOTUS Rarely Takes On 2A Cases, but One's Coming Up

Justices agree to review whether government can bar domestic abusers from having guns

(Newser) - The Supreme Court wrapped up its latest term this week with high-profile rulings involving affirmative action , LGBTQ+ and religious rights , and student loan debt , and now it's looking ahead to its next roster of cases, including one that's sure to draw the attention of both gun safety and...

A Rising Hollywood Star Is Arrested in NYC

Jonathan Majors of 'Creed III' denies wrongdoing after domestic violence charges

(Newser) - Jonathan Majors, described by the Hollywood Reporter as "one of the more in-demand actors working today," has been arrested in New York City after what the police describe as a "domestic dispute." The 33-year-old Creed III co-star was charged Saturday with strangulation, assault, and harassment, per...

Rick and Morty Co-Creator Says Charges Were 'False'

DA's office says domestic violence charges were dropped due to 'insufficient evidence'

(Newser) - The Orange County District Attorney's Office says it has dropped felony domestic violence charges against Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland after deciding it couldn't prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. The decision was made "as a result of having insufficient evidence," Kimberly Edds, a...

Rick and Morty Star Has Been Dealing With Domestic Violence Charges Since 2020
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Adult Swim Dumps Rick and Morty Star

Channel acts after domestic violence charges emerge against Justin Roiland, show's co-creator

(Newser) - Justin Roiland is out at Rick and Morty. Deadline reports that the Adult Swim channel cut ties with the show's 42-year-old co-creator and executive producer, who also voiced both main characters, after domestic violence charges from 2020 came to light earlier this month. "Adult Swim has ended its...

They Called Her 'Law Library.' She Never Went to Law School

How Kelly Harnett helped free others, and then herself

(Newser) - "She's a superb legal mind," an attorney says of Kelly Harnett. That's not thanks to any law school. Hartnett earned the nicknames "Law Library" and "Esquire" while incarcerated at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester, New York. In 2015 she began serving 17...

Mother of Uvalde Killer Charged in Domestic Violence Case

Adriana Martinez Reyes jailed in Oklahoma

(Newser) - The mother of the gunman who killed 21 people in the Uvalde, Texas, school massacre in May has been arrested in a domestic violence case, Oklahoma City police said. Officers were called to a home Wednesday morning, where a man told them that Adriana Martinez Reyes had threatened to kill...

Texas Basketball Coach Charged With Domestic Assault

Chris Beard's lawyer calls arrest 'truly inconceivable'

(Newser) - University of Texas men's basketball head coach Chris Beard was arrested and taken to jail early Monday after a report of a domestic assault. The Travis County Sheriff's Office says the 49-year-old was charged with assault on a family or household member/impeding breath circulation, the Athletic reports. A...

Police Find Missing California Mom's Body, Announce Arrest

Rachel Castillo, a mother with two young sons, was missing for three days

(Newser) - Police in the small southern California city of Simi Valley delivered grim news Monday to family and friends of Rachel Castillo, a 25-year-old mother of two who went missing last week. Per People , Castillo’s sister called 911 last Thursday after finding signs of a struggle in the apartment that...

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