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Kelly’s Indictment is Updated With New Accusation 

Celebrity Cases, Sexual Assault

A newly-identified victim, known only as “Minor 6”, has charged the singer, R. Kelly,  with engaging in sexual acts with her in the late 1990s when she was 14 or 15 years old. Kelly, 53, is currently facing trial in three states on sexual abuse, child pornography, kidnapping and obstruction of justice charges. New court documents show that the singer was hit with this updated indictment in Chicago on Friday (February 14). The new charges in this updated indictment that was filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, also ask for forfeiture of assets from the Grammy-winning R&B performer’s production company and an independent firm that is owned by Kelly’s manager and co-defendant in the original case, Derrel McDavid.  One victim, previously included in the indictment as “Minor 2” has been removed from the charging documents for reasons that at this time, have not been made clear.  Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all criminal charges filed against him in Chicago as well as to those filed against him in… Read More

$215 Million Settlement Offered to Abused Gymnasts

Sexual Assault

USA Gymnastics has offered to pay a $215 million settlement to the over 300 plaintiffs who are the alleged victims of the disgraced former national team doctor, Larry Nassar. The group of victims, that includes Olympic gymnasts, filed a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics for failing to protect them from Nassar. The defendant, USA Gymnastics (USAG) is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States and is responsible for selecting and training national teams for the Olympic Games and World Championships. This came forth after Nassar was sentenced in January of 2018 to 40 – 175 years in prison for sexual assault of minors and in February to 40 – 125 years in prison for abusing underage females under the guise of medical care and treatment. In 2016, Nassar was indicted on criminal charges of sexual assault of a child from 1998-2005 and was arrested at the end of the same year for child pornography and a video of him molesting underage girls. In July 2017, he pleaded guilty… Read More

Jury Selection Begins for Weinstein Rape Case

Celebrity Cases, Sexual Assault

Jury selection began on Thursday (1/16/20) for trial against Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein, for alleged rape. More than 100 pre-screened potential jurors reported to a Manhattan criminal court for the case against the producer and co-founder of Miramax. Over 2,000 jurors have been summoned for this high profile case- about five times more than the typical sized pool needed for this kind of lawsuit. Weinstein is accused of five charges, including rape and predatory sexual assault. The lawsuit has been brought about by only two alleged victims but starting in 2017, his alleged lascivious ways put him in the spotlight as dozens of women came forward and publicly accused him of rapes, sexual assaults and sexual abuse. The accusers were allegedly abused at different points over a period of at least three decades. As of summer 2019, over 80 women in the film industry had come forward with similar accusations. While finding jurors that satisfy the needs of impartiality for both sides of a case can be an arduous task,… Read More


Famous Magician David Blaine Under Investigation for Sexual Assault

Breaking News, Sexual Assault

Famous Magician, David Blaine, is currently under investigation after alleged reports of sexual assault were made against him, Police Chief Dermot Shea of New York said on Monday. An active investigation is currently in effect and is underway by the department’s special victim’s division, Shea mentioned during a news conference on Monday. Shea has since declined to provide additional details regarding the allegations against the magician. Inside sources that are familiar with this investigation mentioned that the accuser of the sexual assault filed a report against Blaine with the police, but the allegation is outside the statute of limitations and the NYPD has not yet stated how the investigation will proceed. Jill Fritzo, the spokesperson on behalf of Blaine stated that he intends to cooperate with the NYPD. “David denies the accusations that have been reported and he takes these allegations seriously. He intends to cooperate with any investigation,” said Fritzo. Additionally, a source claimed there was an investigation into Blaine around a year ago, but it has since been… Read More


19-Year-Old Girl Pleads Guilty to Reckless Endangerment

Breaking News, Sexual Assault

UPDATED: 2019/03/19 12:00 PM Taylor Smith, 19, has pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment after she pushed friend, Jordan Holgerson, 16, off a 60-foot bridge in August of 2018. A group of friends decided to go to Moulton Falls in Washington State to see who would jump off the bridge and into the water below. While Jordan was on the ledge, she decided at the last minute not to jump, and video footage shows her shaking in fear. Before she could get off the ledge, Smith pushed her enough to lose her balance and fall off the bridge before she had a chance to steady herself. Experts agree that because of how quickly she fell, hitting the water caused the same type of physical injuries that she would have sustained had she hit concrete from a 60-foot fall. The accident caused six of her ribs to break and both of her lungs to puncture. While Smith previously faced a fine of $5,000 and the potential for one year in prison, she… Read More

R. Kelly’s Attorney Welcomes Courtroom Cameras

Breaking News, Sexual Assault

UPDATED: 2019/03/18 5:00 PM Kelly, 52, American record producer, singer, and songwriter, has plead “not guilty” to 10 accounts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four different women. The alleged abuse is said to have occurred over the span of roughly a decade. Of the four women, three were minors at the time the sexual abuse in question occurred. The evidence against R. Kelly has been building for over two decades, with a huge break coming in 2008 when he was acquitted of child pornography charges regarding a video that showed him performing sexual acts with a 13-year-old girl. The singer never confessed to this crime. In an interesting turn of events, a judge has ruled that there will be cameras in the courtroom during R. Kelly’s trial. His attorney believes that this will work to the benefit of his case, stating that “Mr. Kelly wants this to be an open and transparent process…with cameras in the courtroom, everyone will see what really happens.” However, the women accusing R. Kelly of… Read More


Cardinal George Pell Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison For Child Sex Abuse

Breaking News, Sexual Assault

UPDATED 2019/03/13 2:00PM Cardinal George Pell has been sentenced to 6 years in prison for the abuse of two choirboys in the late 1990s. He is the most senior Vatican official to be convicted of sex abuse to date. Until last month Pell held a role considered by many to be the third most senior position within the Roman Catholic church as the Vatican treasurer. Pell, 77, was found guilty of one count of sexual penetration of a child and four counts of committing an indecent act with a child last December after a five-week trial that occured in secret. According to testimony, in the late 1990s, Pell caught two choirboys drinking communion wine and one by one forced them to engage in sexual acts with him. The boys did not come forward about what happened until 2015. His statement to Victoria Police led to an investigation and a number of other historical sex abuse charges to be filed against Pell. Chief Judge Peter Kidd handed down the verdict on… Read More


Senator Martha McSally Says She Was Raped While Serving In Military

Breaking News, Sexual Assault

UPDATED: 2019/03/06 8:00PM Arizona’s Senator Martha McSally revealed to a Senate Armed Services subcommittee that she was raped by a superior officer while serving in the Air Force. The hearing was on preventing sexual assault in the military, a pervasive problem. McSally is the country’s first female pilot to fly in combat. She served in the Air Force for 26 years. McSally told the group of witnesses set to testify at the hearing about their own experienced with assault, “Like you, I am also a military sexual assault survivor. But unlike so many brave survivors, I didn’t report being sexually assaulted. Like so many women and men, I didn’t trust the system at the time.” She expressed that she felt “ashamed and confused” at the time and totally powerless. She shared, “In one case, I was preyed upon and raped by a superior officer.” McSally said that she was prompted to come forward because she was seeing cases like hers being treated inadequately. “I was horrified at how my attempt… Read More


Ex-NFL Star Kellen Winslow Jr. Back In Jail, Accused of Lewd Conduct in Public Gym

Breaking News, Sexual Assault

UPDATED: 2019/03/05 3:00PM   Winslow had previous posted a $2 million bail in July 2018 for a case involving three women who allege that he raped them. Two of the women were transients who allege that they were kidnapped by the former football player. The third woman alleges that Winslow raped her 15 years ago while she was unconscious. If he is convicted on all counts, Winslow faces up to life in prison. While out on bail on February 13th, Winslow was allegedly working out in a gym in San Diego when he began touching himself and asking a nearby 77-year-old woman if she liked it. One week later, the same woman claims that she was in the hot tub at the gym when Winslow again engaged in lewd conduct. The woman says that Winslow also reached out and touched her arm and foot as she attempted to leave. She claims that she immediately reported the incident. As a result, Winslow was charged with two counts of lewd conduct, one… Read More


San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer Stepping Away From Team After Altercation With Wife Caught on Video

Breaking News, Sexual Assault

UPDATED 2019/03/04 2:00PM San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer is stepping away from the Major League Baseball team to take “personal time” after a physical altercation with his wife, Pam, was captured on video. TMZ posted a video of the altercation that showed Baer knocking his wife to the ground from a chair in a public park in San Francisco on Friday, March 1st. His wife screamed for help during the incident, drawing attention to the already very public fight. Both husband and wife called the incident nothing more than a marital spat; Pam said that she had already forgiven her husband and was not pressing charges. Baer issued a statement that called his own behavior “unacceptable.” The Giants board of directors issued the following statement regarding the matter: “Mr. Baer has acknowledged that his behavior was unacceptable, apologized to the organization and is committed to taking steps to make sure that this never happens again. He has also requested, and the board has accepted, his request to take personal… Read More


Robert Kraft Pleads Not Guilty In Prostitution Case

Breaking News, Sexual Assault

UPDATED: 2019/02/28 3:00PM Robert Kraft has formally entered a not guilty plea in his prostitution case. The court documents state: “The defendant Robert Kraft hereby pleads not guilty to all charges and requests a non-jury trial in the above-styled cause.” Kraft has also requested a non-jury trial and hired a close friend of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh as a lawyer in the case. Kraft is facing two misdemeanors and faces a $5,000 fine, 100 hours of community service and attending a class in the dangers of human trafficking. In response to the allegations that the Patriots owner solicited prostitutes at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, Kraft made a public statement denying that he participated in any illegal activity. Officials, however, say that they have graphic surveillance footage that shows the 77-year-old businessman entering the spa on January 19th and 20th of this year and receiving sex acts in exchange for money. If convicted, Kraft faces up to a year in jail. He is scheduled to… Read More


Conservative Student Assaulted at UC Berkeley

Breaking News, Politicians, Sexual Assault

UPDATED 2019/02/27 2:00PM Activist Hayden Williams was on the UC Berkeley campus recruiting students for a grassroots conservative organization when two men assaulted him. One of the men pushed Williams and punched him in the face. Hayden is not a student at the UC Berkeley campus, but the campus chapter of Turning Point USA, asked him for recruiting assistance. Williams is a field representative for another conservative group, Leadership Institute. On Tuesday, February 26th, 2019, UC Berkeley officials announced that police were preparing to apprehend a suspect in the assault on a felony charge. The suspect has not been named and they have not yet been issued an arrest warrant. Conservatives are arguing that the attack garnered what they perceive as a delayed response from the police and university because of “liberal bias” in the media. They also say that this bias has garnered a lack of response from the public as well. Donald Trump Jr. even tweeted, “Wonder if it would be the same if a conservative beat up… Read More


Jussie Smollett Arrested, Police Allege He Staged Attack to Promote Career

Breaking News, Sexual Assault

UPDATED 2019/02/21 “Empire” star Jussie Smollett was arrested on Thursday morning (2/21/19) on suspicion of filing a false report after alleging that he was attacked on January 29th. His bail hearing is scheduled for Thursday afternoon. According to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson, Actor Jussie Smollett paid two brothers $3,500 to stage an attack on himself to take “advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.” The attack on Smollett did take place, but it was staged, and the police have the check that was used to pay the two men who carried it out. According to Johnson, Smollett staged the attack partly because he was unhappy with his “Empire” salary. The two men punched the actor, wearing gloves, but “as far as [police] can tell, the scratching and bruising that [the public] saw on his face were most likely self-inflicted.” Johnson also warned of the dangers of filing false reports: “Bogus police report cause real harm. I am offended by what’s happened and I’m… Read More


Former Philadelphia Homicide Detective Charged with Rape and Intimidation During Investigations

Breaking News, Sexual Assault

UPDATED: 2019/02/20 5:00PM 52-year-old Philip Nordo, a former Philadelphia Homicide detective who was fired in 2017 after 20 years on the force, was arrested on Tuesday, February 19th. The former detective is accused of grooming and sexually assaulting male witnesses during investigations and then using intimidation to keep them from speaking out about the abuse. Prosecutors say that this pattern of abuse continued over a decade of Nordo’s public service. The accusations come after a long-running probe into the former detective’s behavior while on the force. Charges include multiple counts of sexual assault, rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. A grand jury found that the 52-year-old “repeatedly contacted young men that he sought to groom,” and upon grooming them then made threats to “make the targets of his advances more susceptible to his sexually assaultive and/or coercive behavior.”  The threats made included arresting or jailing suspects, displaying his firearm, targeting already handcuffed prisoners, and more while in interrogation rooms and visiting rooms. These allegations do not only affect Nordo’s criminal… Read More


58 Priests Named as “Credibly Accused” for Sexually Assaulting Parishioners in a List Released by VA Dioceses

Breaking News, Sexual Assault

UPDATED: 2019/02/14 12:00 PM A new update in the ongoing investigation being done by the Catholic Church of it’s leaders yields a list of 58 Virginia priests who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors. Virginia’s two Catholic dioceses, the Diocese of Arlington and the Diocese of Richmond each released a list of 16 and 42 names respectively, both citing the need to bring closure and justice to the victims families in order to begin the healing process. None of the clergy listed in either diocese are currently in active ministry, spokesmen for the dioceses said; however a local survivor-advocate on Wednesday criticized both lists, stating that neither includes the names of the parishes where the 58 accused men served nor when they were removed from their positions. The Church also faces additional criticism, as other advocates have pointed out that there is no agreed-upon standard among bishops for what constitutes “credibly accused,” nor a consensus on who should get to define it. A bishop raised the problem on… Read More


Suit Filed Against Atlanta Nightclub After Facebook Live Video Records Sexual Assault

Must Read Cases, Sexual Assault

UPDATED: 2019/02/13 1:00PM Jasmine Eiland and her attorney, L. Chris Stewart, are suing the popular Atlanta nightclub, Opera Atlanta, for allegedly failing to properly protect their patrons after Elland was sexually assaulted in their establishment. On January 20th, the night of the incident in question, the club was hosting a concert, and according to Eiland and her legal team, did not have enough security — negligence that would lead to her assault on the dance floor as she streamed her birthday party on Facebook Live. The video has since been removed. The assault was reported by a woman who said she had seen an incident on this stream, which showed “a black female being groped on her chest and possibly being raped from behind” as she screamed ‘no, stop.’” According to the incident report, responding officers were unable to find Eiland when they arrived at Opera nightclub, about an hour after the video was recorded. “In the video you can clearly hear the female saying, ‘stop, please somebody help me,’”… Read More


Fairfax Accuser Says Knowledge of Previous Unpunished Assault May Have Led to His Alleged Crime

Breaking News, Sexual Assault

UPDATED: 2019/02/12 1:00PM In the wake of the rape allegation brought against Virginia’s Lt. Governor, Justin Fairfax, Meredith Watson (via counsel) has also announced a second rape allegation against former duke basketball player and current Fox Sports West analyst, Corey Maggette. While Maggette maintains his innocence in a statement taken for New York Times article which broke the story of this second allegation, Watson, through her attorney, Nancy Erika Smith, said in a separate statement on Friday that after she was raped she went to an unnamed dean “who provided no help and discouraged her from pursuing the claim further.” Watson also told the same to Fairfax, Smith said, and went further to assert that Fairfax used his knowledge of that assault allegation to take advantage of Watson. In response to these continued allegations, Fairfax stated, “I want to stand here in that truth and restate that my truth, as well as the truth of Dr. Tyson and Ms. Watson, should be fully investigated and thoroughly assessed,” calling on the… Read More


Vanessa Tyson, the Woman Who Accused Virginia’s Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax of Sexual Assault, Describes Incident

Breaking News, Sexual Assault

UPDATED: 2019/02/07 Vanessa Tyson, the woman who has accused, Justin Fairfax, the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia of sexual assault has issued a statement through a law firm of her 2004 encounter with Fairfax at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. Dr. Tyson is an expert in black history and associate professor of politics at Scripps College in California. She is an advocate for victims of sexual assault and has been open with her own experiences. In the statement, Tyson said that the encounter began with kissing but led to forced oral sex. Her description of the event that occurred in a hotel room with Mr. Fairfax is raw and emotional. She writes, “What began as consensual kissing quickly turned into a sexual assault. Mr. Fairfax put his hand behind my neck and forcefully pushed my head towards his crotch. Only then did I realize that he had unbuckled his belt, unzipped his pants, and taken out his penis.” She continued on to say that the Lt. Governor was stronger than… Read More


Judge Gives 67-Year-Old Man Lighter Sentence in Sex Abuse Case, Calls Young Girls ‘Aggressors’

Breaking News, Sexual Assault

UPDATED: 2019/02/07 Raymond Stoden, 67, knew the ages of the two young girls, 13  and 14, who he solicited nude photographs from, but a Kansas judge is now saying that the young women were “more aggressor than a participant.” Leavenworth Country District Judge Michael Gibbens, according to court transcripts from the December trial, said, “I think that a 13-year-old who offered what she offered for money is certainly an aggressor, particularly since she’s the one that had to travel to Mr. Soden.” Then, to add insult to injury, the Judge sentenced Soden to five years, ten months in prison, which is eight years less than what is called for in Kansas’ sentencing guidelines. Choosing not to follow the guidelines requires “substantial and compelling reasons” and among the judge’s reasons were that the teens went to Soden’s house voluntarily and took money for sexual behaviors. He also questioned whether the girls actually suffered harm from the incident, pointing to their absence at Soden’s sentencing as proof. The judge said that he… Read More


Pope Francis Acknowledges Sexual Abuse of Nuns by Priests For First Time

Must Read Cases, Sexual Assault

UPDATED: 2019/02/06 11AM For the first time since becoming pope, Pope Francis publicly acknowledged that nuns have been victims of sexual abuse at the hands of predatory Catholic priests and bishops. He also vowed to do more to protect the women. On a flight back to Rome from his visit to the United Arab Emirates he said, “Should we do something more? Yes. Is there a will? Yes. But it’s a path that we have already begun.” He continued, “It’s not something that everyone does, but there have been priests and even bishops who have done what you say. And I think that it’s continuing because it’s not like once you realize that it stops. It continues. And for some time we’ve been working on it.” The Francis praised former pope, Pope Benedict with taking action against this behavior while he was serving. Francis also said that the mistreatment of women is not exclusive to the church–they are still considered second-class citizens in many parts of the world. He told… Read More


New Details Emerge In Case of 13 Children Found in Family Home Living in Squalor

Breaking News, Sexual Assault

UPDATED: 2019/02/05 David and Louise Turpin are facing more than 38 counts of torture after the discovery of their House of Horrors in which they kept their 13 children, at the time aged 2 to 29, locked up, neglected, abused, and starved for decades. David, 57, and Louise, 50 were arrested in Perris, California in January 2018 after one of their teen daughters escaped the property and warned police. When police arrived at the home, they found the 13 emaciated children chained to their beds inside a “foul-smelling” room. Part of the case against them, according to reports, will be built upon photos of the home’s conditions as well as the disturbing 911 call made by the teen who escaped. In the call, she told officers that the home smelled so badly that she could barely breathe. Photos of soiled underwear, photos of the children in chains, and evidence of the inhuman conditions inside of the home were listed among the evidence being presented in their case. The pair will… Read More


5 Police Officers Injured, 2 Suspects Dead in Police Shooting

Sexual Assault

UPDATED: 2019/01/29 Five Houston, Texas police officers were wounded in a shooting that occured Monday, January 28th, 2019. They were serving a search warrant for narcotics when suspects opened fire. Twelve narcotics officers and six patrol officers were at the scene to serve the warrant in an effort to investigate the sale of black tar heroin. When they breached the front door, announcing themselves and using the lights and sirens on their police cars, four offices where struck by semi automatic pistol fire and another was injured in the knee, but not shot. Two officers underwent surgery Monday night and were in critical condition. Two of the suspects died at the scene from police gunfire, but it has been reported that the police did not know how many suspects were shooting at them. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said of the situation, “This evening’s horrific attack on police officers is a solemn reminder of the service and sacrifice our brave men and women in law enforcement make every day to keep… Read More


Uber Faces Issue of Their Drivers Committing Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault

Updated: 2019/01/22 2:00PM Uber is in the middle of both class action and criminal lawsuits that claim the ride sharing service is unsafe for women. In April 2018, CNN published an investigation into Uber’s issue with sexual assaults and discovered that there were 103 uber drivers accused of sexual assault of abuse while using the app. In one case a woman took an uber home after a night of drinking, only to wake up with her driver on top of her, raping her one block from her own home. The driver, John David Sanchez, was sentenced to 80 years in prison after police found 5 years worth of videos of Sanchez raping women and abusing teens.   And that is not a standalone case. At the time of the CNN report, at least 31 drivers had been convicted for crimes ranging from forcible touching to false imprisonment to rape. There are dozens of criminal and civil cases pending as a result. There is also the class action suit being brought… Read More


Chris Brown Arrested In Paris On Charges of Rape

Celebrities, Sexual Assault

Updated: 2019/01/22 2:00PM Singer Chris Brown has been detained in Paris on charges of “aggravated rape” and multiple narcotics offenses. According to reports, a 24-year-old woman accused Brown of raping her in his suite at Paris’ Mandarin Oriental hotel on January 15th/16th. The woman, who has not been named, told the police in Paris that she met Brown while at a nightclub and that the singer then invited her and a few other women back to his suite. She alleges that at some point in the evening she found herself alone with Brown, and that is when he allegedly raped her. The woman said that Brown’s bodyguard and one of his friends also abused her. Brown was sued in May of 2018 after a woman alleged that she was repeatedly raped, sexually assaulted and falsely imprisoned by rapper Young Lo at Brown’s home in 2017. He also famously pleaded guilty in 2009 to felony assault for attacking then-girlfriend Rihanna. He was ordered to community service and domestic violence counseling and… Read More


Principal Resigns Months After Video of Him Pushing a Student Was Released

Sexual Assault

Updated: 2019/01/21 11:00AM A principal at a New Haven, Connecticut charter school has officially resigned from his position after being caught on a surveillance video using physical force to push a student up against a wall in October 2018. Though the incident occurred months ago, Morgan Barth decided to resign from his post on Thursday, January 17th after the video of the incident was posted online. The incident occured after a meeting with the student. In the video, Barth and the student exit a room and Barth shoves the student up against a wall. Barth was disciplined after the incident and the school decided to seek a replacement. The school’s communication director said, “It’s clear that he could not be the leader of the school right now, given his actions and the feelings of the school community. I think both of those things became clear to him.”


Married School Teacher Charged with Kidnapping After Allegedly Kissing Student

Sexual Assault

Updated: 2019/01/21 11:00AM 27-year-old Breanna Hernandez, a high school teacher at Basic High School in Henderson, Nevada was arrested after on two counts each of first-degree kidnapping, lewdness with a minor, and luring a minor with a computer for a sexual act. She allegedly had a student over to her house twice and kissed him. Though not specified by reports, it is suggested that the boy was 14 or 15 at the time. The pair began communicating in September 2018 and another student reported finding the messages on her phone after the male student logged into an app but forgot to log out. The student told police that the pair kissed for the first time at her home on Halloween and met at her home again on November 3rd. According to reports, the student walked to Hernandez’s home on Halloween where they kissed on her patio. On November 3rd, Hernandez picked up the student and bought him to her home. Hernandez was released from the Clark County Detention Center after… Read More

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Former MLB Pitcher John Wetteland Arrested on Child Sexual Abuse Charges

Sexual Assault

Updated: 2019/01/15 4:00PM Former Major League Baseball pitcher John Wetteland has been arrested for first degree felony continuous sex abuse of a child who was under fourteen. If convicted he could face up life in prison. The 52-year-old was released from custody after posting a $25,000 surety bond. His accuser is a male family member who claims that Wetteland engaged in oral sex with him on 3 separate occasions while he was a young child from 2006-2008. Wetteland was a closer for the New York Yankees in 1996 and also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos and Texas Rangers. He later went on to serve as a bullpen coach for the Washington Nationals and is currently a member of the Rangers’ Hall of Fame.

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Judge Throws Out Ashley Judd’s Sexual Harassment Claim Against Harvey Weinstein

Breaking News, Sexual Assault

UPDATED: 01/10/2019 4:15PM Ashley Judd was one of dozens of women to come forward and accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, but the actress suffered a loss in California federal court on January 9th, 2019 when U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez dismissed her sexual harassment claim against Weinstein. The claim is part of Judd’s April 2018 lawsuit that claims that Weinstein ruined her career after she refused his unwelcome sexual advances. The claim was also dismissed in September by Gutierrez who said that, because Judd was not an employee of Weinsteins but just taking a meeting with him, California’s sexual harassment statute did not apply. Judd had filed to restore the claim after the state’s harassment laws were amended to include directors and producers. Though Gutierrez stuck to his initial ruling, he did say that Judd could pursue her accusation that Weinstein tried to ruin her career after she rejected his advances by bad mouthing her to directors of projects like Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films. Gutierrez… Read More

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R. Kelly Officially Under Criminal Investigation Following ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Docuseries

Celebrities, Celebrity Cases, Sexual Assault

Kelly is reportedly under criminal investigation by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office in Georgia following the release of the Lifetime documentary series ‘Surviving R. Kelly.’

Kelly’s history of abuse spans decades and the six-part documentary includes several female survivors who describe in detail the ways in which Kelly allegedly manipulated them, sexually and emotionally abused them, and controlled their lives.


Cyntoia Brown Granted Clemency After Serving 15 Years in Prison for Killing Her Captor

Sexual Assault

UPDATED: 01/07/18, 4:15PM Cyntoia Denise Brown was just 16 years old when she was sentenced to life in prison for killing the man who bought her for sex. On January 7th, 2019, 15 years after her initial sentence, she was granted clemency by the Tennessee governor’s office. In 2004, Brown killed Johnny Mitchell Allen who Brown alleged solicited her for sex. After he took the 16-year-old back to his house, Brown shot Allen in the head while he was sleeping, stole money and guns from his home, and fled. At the time prosecutors argued that the killing was motivated by robbery and not by self-defense. A juvenile court found Brown competent to be tried as an adult and she was convicted of murder and robbery. The conviction came with a life sentence. Brown’s case drew the attention of a number of celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Amy Schumer and Ashley Judd. The governor’s office released a statement calling the case “tragic and complex” and says that the decision to grant… Read More


Fugitive Bo Dukes Charged With Raping Two Women at Gunpoint, Ordered to Federal Prison

Breaking News, Sexual Assault

UPDATED: 01/04/18, 10:15AM Police in Georgia are looking for 34-year-old Bo Dukes, who is wanted for allegedly holding two women at gunpoint and raping them, but the police aren’t the only ones looking for him. Federal authorities are also looking to bring him to justice. Dukes has a criminal history that makes many wonder how he was not in jail to begin with. Dukes was one of two men who were charged with the murder of Tara Grinstead, his former high school teacher in 2005. The case has not yet gone to trial, but essentially Duke is accused of helping the alleged murderer, Ryan Alexander Duke, with covering up the crime. Then there’s the federal charges against Duke for conspiring with his wife to steal over $150,000 worth of property from the United States Army. He had been let go on the condition of supervised release but failed to pay his restitution or perform community service. For this he was ordered to six months in prison but was not given… Read More

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