Cosby citing systemic racism as he fights assault conviction

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In a nearly empty Philadelphia courtroom in June 2015, a lawyer for Bill Cosby implored a federal judge to keep the comedian’s testimony in an old sexual battery lawsuit under wraps. It was sensitive. Embarrassing. Private. U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno had another word for it. The conduct Cosby detailed in his […]

Outrage in Colombia over alleged soldier abuse of Indigenous

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Accusations that a group of soldiers sexually assaulted two young Indigenous girls in rural Colombia have sparked protests outside army bases and rekindled fears about the military’s human rights record, especially in parts of the country still recovering from decades of armed conflict. “The armed forces are supposed to be protecting […]

Trump takes cautious approach to highlighting Biden accuser

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump rarely holds his fire, hurling accusations true and false. But when it comes to the sexual assault allegation leveled against Joe Biden, his Democratic rival, the president has been unusually reticent. Trump didn’t publicly address the issue until April 30, more than a month after former Senate staffer Tara […]

Bill Cosby appeal will test scope of #MeToo prosecutions

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In a stunning decision that could test the legal framework of #MeToo cases, Pennsylvania’s highest court will review the trial decision to let five other accusers testify at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial in 2018, which ended with the longtime TV star’s conviction. Cosby, 82, has been imprisoned in suburban Philadelphia for […]

Army identifies buried remains as missing Texas soldier

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An Army commander confirmed Monday that dismembered remains found last week buried near Fort Hood belonged to a 20-year-old soldier who vanished more than two months ago from the Texas base. Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt, Fort Hood’s senior commander, said during a news conference that the armed forces forensic examiner determined […]

Adult film star Ron Jeremy charged with rape, sexual assault

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adult film star Ron Jeremy was charged with raping three women and sexually assaulting a fourth, Los Angeles County prosecutors said Tuesday. The counts make the 67-year-old Jeremy the third man to be charged, along with Harvey Weinstein and producer David Guillod, by a task force formed by District Attorney Jackie […]

26 women accuse Paris street artist of rape, sexual assault

PARIS (AP) — Paris police are investigating accusations by 26 women that a street artist in the historic Montmartre neighborhood raped or sexually assaulted them, in what their lawyers describe as a systematic, years-long pattern of targeting and manipulating teen girls and young women. The artist-photographer has not yet been questioned by police and says […]

3 Zimbabwean women denied bail, accused of lying about abuse

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Three young female opposition activists in Zimbabwe, who charge they were tortured and sexually assaulted by state agents, were sent back to prison when a court denied them bail on new charges that they lied about their ordeal. The three women were returned to Chikurubi maximum security prison, notorious for housing […]

Women’s rights groups protest French ministers’ appointments

PARIS (AP) — One of French President Emmanuel Macron’s new government ministers has been accused of rape. Another is a lawyer who ridiculed the #MeToo movement and defended a top official accused of rape. Women’s rights groups are angry and confused, and on Tuesday staged two protests in Paris over the appointments they see as […]

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