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11-30-17 Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor were fired before we knew why. Good.
The "trial by media" has been essential in getting corporations to take sexual harassment as seriously as they claim to. Wednesday's news that Today's Matt Lauer, NPR chief news editor David Sweeney, and A Prairie Home Companion creator Garrison Keillor were all let go by their respective employers due to allegations of sexual misconduct might have felt like the familiar muck. This ugly drumbeat of revelations has a recognizable rhythm by now: Women come forward, journalists investigate, newspapers publish the accounts they deem credible, Twitter reels, the public figure reacts, and his employer (or professional network) belatedly responds. And yet, what happened on Wednesday — even if it seemed of a piece with all that came before — was genuinely different. Dramatically so. Instead of going through the much-derided "trial by media," Lauer and Keillor's alleged targets reported these men to their companies. The companies responded by investigating and firing them. Only after these things were done did we, the public, find out about any of it. This is new. And it might be a huge step forward. This sequence of events is noteworthy both because it's exceptional and because it shouldn't be. Employees are supposed to be able to go to HR if someone is creating a hostile work environment. That it clearly hasn't worked in so long — that HR, and the entire apparatus intended to shield people from workplace harassment, failed — has meant that victims of sexual harassment have had to go to the press for their grievances to gain any traction. Variety's Maureen Ryan put it best: "Re this wave of revelations: Media is acting as Hollywood's default HR dept, because who is typically protected & who is typically fired makes absolutely no sense. Toxic bullies often protected, vulnerable & powerless have zero protection. People have nowhere to go but the press." Mo Ryan
11-30-17 Matt Lauer: Sacked US TV news anchor says he's 'truly sorry'
Fired US TV news anchor Matt Lauer has said he is "truly sorry" after being accused of sexual misconduct. He was the co-host of NBC's flagship Today programme for two decades, but that came to an end this week. NBC sacked him on Wednesday after receiving a "detailed complaint" from a colleague. On Thursday, the network said two more women had come forward. Lauer said that while some stories were untrue, there was "enough truth" to make him "embarrassed and ashamed". In his first statement since the allegations came to light, Lauer said: "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. "To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this, I realise the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC. "Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterised, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed." (Webmaster's comment: They are always "Truly Sorry" they got exposed!)
11-30-17 Russian TV defends men over sex pest claims
Russian TV has broadcast sharp criticism of the Western focus on sexual harassment - and some of the critics show little or no sympathy for the women involved. The very idea of gender equality frequently comes under attack. Dmitry Kiselyov, a major player in the Kremlin's media machine, hosts a Sunday news show. "What did they expect?" he asked, referring to alleged victims of sexual harassment in Hollywood. "They went up to a man's hotel room on their own, without compulsion." He added, however, that he in no way wanted to advocate sexual harassment in the workplace. Women's allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein triggered dozens of rape and harassment claims against male celebrities and politicians in the US and Western Europe. A host on Russian state TV's Channel One, Valery Fadeyev, bemoaned "the great battle against men's desire for women". He spoke of "great hypocrisy" supposedly exhibited by those who tried to thwart such desire. There is sarcasm too. Ren TV, a fiercely pro-Kremlin channel, showed a graphic depicting a modern ideal man fit to become the next US president: "An obvious impotent - limbless so he can't touch women, a mute so he can't make salacious jokes and blind so he can't leer at them lasciviously." Other popular opinions voiced on Russian TV include claims that sexual harassment allegations are symptoms of political correctness gone mad or of plots to bring down leading politicians. (Webmaster's comment: Women would be wise to not move to Russia!)
11-29-17 US female migrant detainees 'given bags to use as toilets'
A California congressman is calling for an inquiry into claims that female immigration detainees are being locked in rooms for 23 hours a day and given plastic bags to use as a toilet. After visiting the facility near San Francisco, Mark DeSaulnier is urging the US attorney general to investigate. One detainee begged to be deported to Honduras rather than stay in the jail, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The Contra Costa County sheriff, who runs the centre, denies the claims. The West County Detention Facility in the city of Richmond is operated by the local sheriff's office under a $6m annual contract with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to the newspaper. The county public information officer, Jimmy Lee, told the BBC: "There are bags. These are for the inmates that are sick, sometimes suffering from drug withdrawals." He said the building contains 24 toilets and is "dormitory style", with inmates "free to come and go". But Dianny Patricia Menendez, who had been held at the jail since May, told the Chronicle that inmates were handed red biodegradable bags to use as a toilet. She also said she could sometimes hear other female inmates screaming and banging on cell doors as they pleaded to use a proper bathroom. The Honduran has since been deported after asking an immigration judge in October to be sent back rather than bear the detention conditions any longer. Karina Paez, from Tijuana, Mexico, said her roommate had defecated on herself because she did not realise they had to ask for biodegradable bags, according to the newspaper. (Webmaster's comment: America, Home of the mentally sick enforcement agencies!)
11-29-17 Matt Lauer: NBC sacks star Today Show host over sex allegation
Matt Lauer, one of the most famous TV news anchors in the US, has been fired by NBC over an allegation of sexual misconduct. NBC said: "On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace by Matt Lauer. "As a result, we've decided to terminate his employment." Lauer co-hosts The Today Show. NBC said it had "reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident". NBC News chairman Andy Lack said while it was the first complaint about Lauer's behaviour in his time there, more than 20 years, it represented a "clear violation of our company's standards". Last year, Lauer signed a new contract with the network worth a reported $20m (£15m) per year. (Webmaster's comment: Trump comes out in support of inappropriate sexual behaviour and against NBC!)
11-28-17 Washington Post uncovers fake Roy Moore story 'sting'
The Washington Post says it has uncovered a failed "sting operation" by a group trying to peddle a sensational but false story to its journalists. A source told the newspaper she had been impregnated as a teenager by US politician Roy Moore. The Post said its research debunked her story, and that she worked for a group called Project Veritas, which it said "targets the mainstream news media". The group said the Washington Post was reporting "an imagined sting". But in an email sent to US followers - including journalists - it admitted its "investigative journalist" had had their cover blown. The Washington Post said it was originally approached by a woman the day after it published allegations that US Senate candidate Roy Moore had once initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl. The woman, who used a fake name, claimed to have had a sexual relationship with Mr Moore when she was 15. "She said that she got pregnant, that Moore talked her into an abortion and that he drove her to Mississippi to get it," the newspaper said of the conversations. Project Veritas has posted a series of tweets claiming to expose bias at the Washington Post. It claimed the newspaper was attempting to divert attention by inventing the "sting operation" story. But many journalists on social media claimed the attempt to prove the Washington Post had published unverified claims had backfired - and showed the opposite. (Webmaster's comment: In other words the Republican scam to show that the storys about Roy Moore were untrue didn't work!)
11-28-17 Pamplona 'wolf pack' gang rape trial angers Spain
Feminists and legal observers in Spain have expressed outrage at what they see as "patriarchal justice" during the trial of five men accused of gang raping an 18-year-old woman during Pamplona's San Fermín bull-running festival in 2016. The judge, who will consider his verdict after Tuesday's final hearing, has come under fire over his decisions to allow evidence to be presented about the alleged victim's personal life and character, while not permitting the inclusion of texted conversations between the accused in which they apparently discuss plans to rape women. Searching through conversations in the WhatsApp group called "La manada", or "wolf pack", to which the men belonged, police investigators came across an incident in which video showed some of the individuals apparently abusing another woman, who seemed to be unconscious. Conversations prior to their journey from Seville to Pamplona mention the need to procure date rape drugs and ropes, "because when we get there, we'll want to rape everything we set eyes on". A private detective's report, commissioned by one of the accused, was compiled by spying on the alleged victim in the aftermath of the alleged attack, including her activity on social media and a holiday with friends. Two weeks into the trial, the defence decided to withdraw the file as evidence. The strategy of the defence has been based on an attempt to show that the woman consented to group sex with all five of them. They are men in their late 20s, including a Civil Guard police officer who is also accused of stealing the female student's mobile phone immediately after the incident. If found guilty, the men face prison terms of up to 25 years. "In this trial, it seems that what is being judged is not the crimes, but this woman's honour," says Amalia Fernández, president of Themis, a Spanish organisation of women jurists. Criticising the judge's decision to include the detective's report and media debates over whether the alleged victim had been truthful in describing the late-night encounter with the men as rape, Ms Fernández sees evidence of a systematic bias against women. (Webmaster's comment: Let's face it! Male judges tend to favor males in their rulings, especially the rapists!)
11-28-17 How Al Franken hung on
He's hit upon a cynical and effective strategy: the admission-free apology. ve Al Franken credit for consistency, at least. In the midst of a cultural paradigm shift on sexual harassment and accountability, the Minnesota Democrat has discovered a middle road for those standing accused — and has not deviated from it one whit over the last two weeks. Earlier this month, Franken's name became a surprising addition to the list of powerful men accused of varying degrees of sexual harassment. Los Angeles radio host Leeann Tweeden posted a picture from a 2006 USO tour of a leering Franken at least mock-grabbing her breasts while she slept, and also accused the then-Air America radio host of forcibly kissing her during a skit rehearsal earlier in the tour. Franken faced political ruin. But rather than issue flat-out denials as some had, or guilty admissions followed by withdrawal from public life as others had done, Franken found a third path: nonspecific contrition combined with passive denial. This strategy appears to be working, at least for now. Franken had little choice but to admit his guilt over the stunning and disturbing image. The photo speaks for itself, particularly when combined with Tweeden's testimony of having been asleep and unable to consent. Franken offered a specific apology for creating the photo while not admitting to actual contact, about which the image is ambiguous. Franken claimed the photo was "clearly intended to be funny but wasn't." As to the assault allegation, Franken insisted that his memory of events was different from Tweeden's, but still sent his "sincerest apologies to Leeann," despite essentially denying her allegation. That didn't sit well with Minnesota's Star Tribune newspaper, which lambasted Franken for his attempts to duck responsibility. "In apologizing, Franken said he didn't recall the rehearsal incident 'in the same way,' although he declined to say exactly how he remembered it," the editors pointed out. They strongly suggested that Franken consider resigning to allow Gov. Mark Dayton to appoint an interim senator with more credibility. Franken insisted that he would remain in office, issuing a second apology that added more contrition but offering no more admission than the first.
11-27-17 US Senator Al Franken apologises over sex harassment claims
US Senator Al Franken apologised over sex harassment claims levelled against him, but would not speculate on whether he would have to resign.
11-27-17 Eight big questions we need to ask ourselves in the wake of America's sexual assault reckoning
Is real change possible? There's a big question haunting the ongoing culture-wide epiphany about the scale of sexual predation in American workplaces: Can it all build to substantive change? What, beyond the obvious, can anger and testimony achieve? So far, we've seen them produce a great deal: There's an emetic, purgatorial quality to this outpouring of experiences that have never been sayable before. Along with the catharsis and relief, there's a grievous but essential corrective to the stories we've told ourselves about where we are in the fight for gender equality. But in concrete terms, even though some malefactors are indeed seeing consequences, the effects have been more chaotic than systematic or surgical. Yes, Harvey Weinstein was forced out of The Weinstein Company. Mark Halperin did indeed lose his job. So did Charlie Rose. Former Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey — the chair of Donald Trump's Oklahoma campaign — is expected to plead guilty to child sex trafficking on Nov. 30. Emerson Collective canceled its backing for Leon Wieseltier's new journal. Fox News pulled Bill O'Reilly's show. Kevin Spacey was replaced by Christopher Plummer in All the Money in the World. Anthony Weiner is in prison for sexting with a minor; Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore received the president's endorsement despite multiple allegations of molesting one.
- What are appropriate consequences for sexual predation? Assuming a harasser isn't famous, what form of justice can his victim expect?
- What are the hierarchies of harm? This is tough; sexual assault and sexual harassment exist on a worryingly wide spectrum, and the damage is hard to objectively measure.
- What should men who know they're guilty of sexual misconduct do? The Establishment's Ijeoma Oluo suggests that, rather than wait to be denounced, they should come forward and face the music.
- How does a culture standardize its approach across industrial and political divides? Is this even possible, given how different the incentives and power structures are?
- Why haven't past solutions worked? Why, in particular, have HR solutions failed?
- Now that so many people finally see the scope of the problem, how do we deal with how repugnant our beliefs were? How to reconcile the deplorable conditions under which so many women have worked with the fact that, for generations, we tolerated and even sided with their tormentors?
- How do we come to terms with how awful so many people seem to have been? When someone you love is accused of doing a terrible thing, how will you reconcile your ethics with your affection?
- How do we move toward a truly equitable society? Especially given how well many people thought America was doing with gender equality and how spectacularly we failed.
(Webmaster's comment: My suggestion is the harshest possible penalities. Complete physical castration in public without benefit of anesthetic comes to mind. That will get the male brutes out of the gene pool and will terrify other male brutes! It will work just like "caning" works in Singapore. The deterrent of force works, and recidivism is low approaching zero.)
11-27-17 The depressingly long history of sexual harassment turning points
is certainly feels like a revolution. In this case, the shot heard around the world was an Oct. 5 article in The New York Times in which Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey detailed decades of alleged sexual abuse and sexual assault by powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Within days, he was sacked from his own company and a national pariah — the first of several men relegated to the public wilderness. The subsequent public reckoning on sexual harassment and other crimes and misdemeanors, encapsulated in the hashtag #MeToo, has spread to Britain, Israel, Italy, South Africa, and elsewhere. It has engulfed America. There is a long and growing creep list of famous and less-famous men accused of varying degrees of sexual misconduct. That list probably already includes someone you admired or respected, and someone you loathed. It will grow longer before there is a new accepted standard on what constitutes a fireable offense, what level of lechery merits ostracizing, or whether there will be any chance of redemption, but those aren't questions for today. Now, finally, the women are believed. Fame, power, being good at your job or great at your art won't protect you. Things you did "in private" are private no more. There's only one morally appropriate response to these changes: Good. You might also reasonably ask: What took so long? Revolutions don't spring overnight, and history doesn't unfold in a straight line. Every person who has taken the courageous step of coming forward with her or his story of rape, abuse, or harassment has lit a candle in the darkness where sexual predators hide, and the lumens from the #MeToo uprising are so bright only the willfully blind can't see the scope of the problem. But there are certain moments over the past 40 years that have shifted the standards of what acts can be held to account and what polite society will no longer tolerate. We'll start with the birth of the phrase "sexual harassment."
- Carmita Wood vs. Cornell University: In 1975, Carmita Wood filed for unemployment benefits from her former employer, Cornell University, after she quit due to unwanted touching by her male supervisor and Cornell's rejection of her transfer request.
- Anita Hill vs. Clarence Thomas: In 1991, Anita Hill told the Senate Judiciary Committee in a confidential statement that Clarence Thomas, President George H.W. Bush's pick for a Supreme Court seat, had sexually harassed her 10 years prior, when he was her supervisor at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
- House Republicans vs. Bill Clinton: If Anita Hill made sexual harassment a potentially job-threatening action, House Republicans, special prosecutor Kenneth Starr, and a host of other actors, including Matt Drudge and Linda Tripp, set a new standard for what was publicly acceptable behavior for the highest office in the land.
- The Boston Globe vs. the Catholic Church: In 2002, The Boston Globe began a series of articles exposing the cover-up of clerical child sexual abuse in Boston's Catholic archdiocese, including shuffling abuser priests around to different dioceses after stays at treatment centers, without informing the new diocese of the past abuse.
- Hannibal Buress and dozens of women vs. Bill Cosby: In 2014, comedian Hannibal Buress told a pointed joke about Bill Cosby raping women, and a clip of his act went viral on YouTube, starting a chain of events that has left Cosby persona non grata.
- Gretchen Carlson vs. Roger Ailes and Fox News: Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson added news media chieftains to the list of felled sexual abusers when Fox News ousted chairman and CEO Roger Ailes in July 2016, weeks after Carlson had sued him for sexual harassment, apparently armed with damning recordings.
- Access Hollywood vs. Donald Trump: More than a dozen women came forward with stories of Trump kissing, groping, and fondling them after the Billy Bush–Access Hollywood tape.
(Webmaster's comment: This will go on until we start taking women's sworn statments as facts and severly punish the male brutes!)
11-27-17 Want to stop sexual abuse in the workplace? Unionize.
Since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke last month, torrents of women have come forward with credible charges of sexual harassment, bringing down veteran journalists, big-name directors, and powerful politicians across the country. But this necessary reckoning has also relied on newsworthiness. The headlines blare, and the offending man is forced to retreat. That model can cut down a Weinstein, but is unlikely to work against, say, a restaurant supervisor who's guilty of the same behavior. So what about all the female workers being harassed by men with power over them, but not enough power to be a juicy target for broad public outrage? For those women, a more old-fashioned solution may be in order: unions and labor organizing. The intensely hierarchical nature of American capitalism extends up and down the wealth and income ladder. Indeed, it gets worse for the lower rungs: poor and working-class Americans put up with far fewer benefits, far less leave, lower wages, more chaotic schedules, more safety violations, and a host of other indignities. These workers have to get by in an economic environment where they're treated like disposable widgets. Needless to say, being treated like a disposable widget extends to sexual predation — by customers and co-workers as well as by supervisors. A 2014 investigation found that two-thirds of women working in the restaurant industry reported sexual harassment by management. Seventy-eight percent reported harassment from co-workers, and 80 percent reported it from customers. In Chicago, the hospitality workers' union recently surveyed its members and discovered that 58 percent of hotel workers and 77 percent of casino workers reported sexual harassment by a guest.
11-27-17 Glee star assaulted husband 'in row over their child'
Glee star Naya Rivera was arrested for domestic violence against her husband after they argued over their child, police said. The 30-year-old, who played Santana in the TV show, was detained at a house in Kanawha County, West Virginia, America. According to the criminal complaint, police were called for a domestic situation. Kanawha County Sheriff's Office released a mugshot of Naya and said the couple "were arguing over their child". Officers said they talked with Ryan Dorsey who told them his wife had hit him him in the head and face. Ryan, 34, showed officers mobile phone footage that supported what he says happened. Police said he had minor injuries and did not require medical attention. Naya was arrested and charged with "misdemeanour domestic battery" and appeared in Kanawha County magistrates court on Sunday.
11-26-17 John Conyers: Veteran congressman gives up post amid harassment inquiry
The longest-serving member of the US Congress says he is stepping aside as top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee while sexual harassment allegations are investigated. John Conyers again denied the accusations, but said he was stepping down to clear his name. A staff member alleges she was fired for refusing to "succumb to sexual advances" from the Michigan Democrat. A prominent civil rights leader, Mr Conyers first joined Congress in 1965. The House Ethics Committee has launched an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and age discrimination involving staff. On Sunday, Mr Conyers, who is 88, tweeted that he would like to remain as ranking member on the judiciary committee, but that he could not "in good conscience" allow the charges to "undermine" House colleagues. It was reported on Tuesday that he had paid $27,000 (£20,000) in 2015 in exchange for the confidentiality of a former staff member who alleged she was fired for rejecting sexual advances. He was also accused of repeatedly making sexual advances and inappropriately touching other female employees, according to signed legal documents seen by Buzzfeed. Mr Conyers said that many of the allegations "were raised by documents reportedly paid for by a partisan alt-right blogger".
11-25-17 Trump Is Quietly Making It Even Harder To Report Sexual Harassment And Discrimination
The White House has been trying to shut women up this whole time. To the droves of women speaking up about sexual harassment and discrimination, the Trump administration’s message is clear: Shut up. Behind the scenes, and mostly through executive orders, the White House is making it harder for women to report sexual harassment and fight sex discrimination. The clearest example came in March. It received little coverage at the time. President Donald Trump reversed an Obama-era order that forbid federal contractors from keeping secret sexual harassment and discrimination cases. The 2014 rule prohibited these companies, which employ about 26 million people, from forcing workers to resolve complaints through arbitration, an increasingly common method businesses use to settle disputes out of the public eye. “This was a clear sign of the administration silencing women,” said Jessica Stender, senior staff attorney for Equal Rights Advocates, a women’s rights nonprofit. And it’s only a small piece of the picture. “The Trump administration has a clear anti-women agenda,” Stender said. “I say that with complete certainty. This is an all-out, full frontal attack on women.” The attack so far has seen the most success via executive order, but a vast swath of the public policies proposed or endorsed by administration officials attempt to scale back women’s rights. From Trump’s repeal of executive orders meant to reduce pay discrimination to the budget floated in May, the failed repeal of Obamacare, and now the Republican tax bills, actions taken or backed by this administration harm women. This war on women comes at a time when feminist ideals have never seemed more powerful. Finally, sexual assault victims are being heard and believed. Sexual predators like Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein are facing real consequences, losing their jobs, their movie deals, their companies.
11-25-17 Emmanuel Macron: Domestic violence is 'France's shame'
French President Emmanuel Macron has spoken out against domestic violence, saying it shames France that a woman is killed every three days. (Webmaster's comment: In America 3 women are killed every day by domestic violence! NINE TIMES the number being killed in France! And yet America does nothing!) In a speech marking International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, he said the silence around the issue must be broken. He has made gender equality one of the main themes of his five-year term in office. A number of demonstrations are being held across France to mark the day. "It's indispensable that the idea of shame changes sides, that the Republic cleanses its own concept of shame; that the everyday criminals who harass, insult, touch, attack never be excused, but identified, vilified, brought to justice, condemned as firmly as they should be," he said. "And France should no longer be one of those countries where women live in fear." During his election campaign last year, Mr Macron said the issue of violence against women would be a priority for his presidency. (Webmaster's comment: The priority for Trump's presidency is dig more coal and get rid of non-whites!) Polls conducted by his then movement, En Marche, suggested that it was the French public's top concern. During his speech, Mr Macron observed a minute's silence for the 123 women killed by their partner or ex-partner in 2016. Nearly 225,000 women were physically or sexually abused by their spouses, but fewer than one in five filed a complaint about it. Among the measures Mr Macron announced are a 24-hour online service for victims of violence, harassment or discrimination. Victims will be able to speak to trained policemen and women to talk about incidents of sexual violence and harassment and find out how to report them. An awareness campaign on pornography will be launched in secondary schools and the government will introduce a bill against sexual and gender-based violence next year, he said. Other proposals include criminalising street harassment, extending the statute of limitation for the rape of children (Webmaster's comment: Why should there be any statute of limitation for the rape of a child!) and aligning the presumption of consent with the age of sexual maturity fixed in law at 15 years.
11-24-17 Iceland women politicians go public on harassment
Iceland has been shocked by allegations of sexual harassment made by a group of more than 600 female politicians, in a country of only 332,500 people that has long prided itself on its reputation for promoting women's rights. Spurred by last month's general election, which was triggered in part by a scandal over violence against women, Reykjavik city councillor Heida Bjorg Hilmisdottir set up the I Skugga Valdsins (In the Shadow of Power) closed Facebook group to share these allegations. Now the group has made 136 of these accounts public, Morgunbladid newspaper reports. The media statement accompanying the publication was hashtagged #MeToo, in solidarity with the high-profile international campaign against sexual abuse of women by men in positions of power. "We hope that there will be an open discussion by political parties on how we can improve the culture within them," said Ms Heida, who is also vice-president of the Social Democrat Alliance. The published accounts are often graphic, and include one member of parliament accusing male MPs of deliberating leering at their female peers in order to "humiliate and unnerve them", the RUV public broadcasters reports. Many male politicians have been in touch to express their disquiet at the extent of the problem, said Ms Heida, and women outside politics have also contacted the Facebook group with their own stories. The row has prompted public demands for the alleged perpetrators to be unmasked. "This culture of sexual harassment is by no means limited to politics. People now realise this is a larger problem than they realised," Heida Bjorg Hilmisdottir told Morgunbladid.
11-24-17 Uma Thurman vents anger at Weinstein
US actress Uma Thurman has sent out a Thanksgiving message venting anger at movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by dozens of women. She did not detail any personal issues but added: "When I'm ready, I'll say what I have to say... stay tuned." Her message wished a happy Thanksgiving to everyone "except you Harvey and all your wicked conspirators". "I'm glad it's going slowly - you don't deserve a bullet," she added. Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex. Writing on Instagram, Thurman said she had "a few reasons" to be angry. She added: "#metoo in case you couldn't tell by the look on my face." The hashtag has been used by women to share stories of sexual harassment and assault. "I feel it's important to take your time, be fair, be exact," she said. "Stay tuned."
11-24-17 Sylvester Stallone was once accused of sexual assault by a 16-year-old fan
Sylvester Stallone was once accused of sexual assault by a 16-year-old fan who claimed he forced her into a threesome with his bodyguard, according to a decades-old police report obtained by the Daily Mail (U.K.). The unnamed teenager made the claim to Las Vegas police in 1986, when Stallone was 40. She claimed she was having sex with the Rocky actor at the Hilton hotel when he encouraged his bodyguard, Michael De Luca, to join them. The teenager felt “very uncomfortable” with the situation, according to the report, but felt too “intimidated” to refuse. Stallone threatened to “beat her head in” if she told anyone, she said. The police report, which the cops confirmed was real, states that the teen decided not to pursue charges against the two men because she feared possible retaliation. Stallone, now 71, said through a spokeswoman that the story was “categorically false” and that at no point was he “ever contacted by authorities or anyone else regarding this matter.”
11-24-17 Jeffrey Tambor says he’s quitting a starring role as a transgender woman
Jeffrey Tambor says he’s quitting a starring role as a transgender woman in Amazon’s hit show Transparent, after a sexual harassment allegation by transgender co-star Trace Lysette. Lysette accused him of saying she looked so good he wanted to “sexually attack her,” and of rubbing his penis against her. Tambor’s former assistant Van Barnes, who is also transgender, also accused the actor of making sexually inappropriate remarks to her. In a statement, Tambor, 73, admitted to having “flaws,” but vehemently denied being a “predator”—“and the idea that someone might see me in that way is more distressing than I can express.” The “politicized atmosphere’’ on the set, Tambor said, made it impossible for him to continue in the role.
11-24-17 Keeping Track
More than 290 coaches and other officials associated with the United States’ Olympic sports organizations have been publicly accused of sexual misconduct since 1982. The figure spans 15 sports and amounts to an average of eight adults connected to an Olympic organization accused of sexual misconduct every year for more than 36 years.
11-24-17 Women are credible!
53% of people who voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election believe that the sexual assault accusations against Bill Clinton are credible. 11% of Clinton voters do not believe they are credible, while 36% remain unsure. 84% percent of Donald Trump voters believe the Clinton allegations are credible, but only 6% believe the assault allegations against Trump are credible. 42% of his supporters remain unsure. (Webmaster's comment: 90% of women's allegations of sexual attacks have proven to be credible. But of course men, and "their women", don't want to admit it.)
11-24-17 Editor’s letter
This is not a proud moment for the male of the species. Virtually every day, men of power, wealth, fame, and accomplishment are being exposed as gropers, butt grabbers, pants droppers, and serial predators. The allegations are swelling like a tsunami reaching shore, carrying in its furious tide Democrats and Republicans, atheists and evangelicals, libertines and family men, intellectuals and coaches, gays and straights. The common denominator is ownership of a penis and the amoral sexual instinct that’s a standard accessory with that piece of equipment. No woman I know is shocked by the scope of this scandal, but for many men, it’s a wake-up call. The grotesque stories pouring forth compel any man with a conscience to think hard about the daily vulnerability women feel in a world still defined by male power and physical strength—a world of straying hands, pressured come-ons, and physical assaults from priapic bosses, senators, mentors, teachers, gurus, and strangers.
By their nature, reckonings are painful and disorienting. Uncomfortable questions face us all. Have we been complicit by ignoring or accepting harassment as normal? Have we seized on accusations against members of the other partisan tribe, while dismissing the accusers of our own tribal leaders as “nuts and sluts,” as Bill Clinton’s defense team once put it? Liberals must now decide whether to topple Clinton from his pedestal, and whether their tarnished hero Sen. Al Franken should face permanent expulsion. Conservatives are debating whether it’s morally justified to elect an accused serial molester of teenage girls to the Senate rather than surrender a precious vote for a tax cut or a Supreme Court nominee. But what we’re confronting should transcend partisan point-scoring. In this watershed moment, we have an opportunity to establish stronger norms and expectations for male behavior, and appropriate penalties for those who cross the line. Let’s hope we don’t waste it.
11-24-17 Sexual harassment spotlight shifts to Congress
The wave of sexual harassment allegations against powerful men has swept into Congress, after a woman accused Democratic Sen. Al Franken of groping and forcibly kissing her 11 years ago. Leeann Tweeden, a local radio show host, said last week that the former Saturday Night Live writer “stuck his tongue in my mouth” while they rehearsed backstage during a USO tour to entertain troops in 2006, three years before Franken joined the Senate. She said she pushed him away, feeling “violated” and “disgusted.” Tweeden also released a photo from the flight home from that tour, in which Franken appears to grope her breasts while grinning at the camera. The Minnesota Democrat said he remembered the backstage incident differently, but apologized to Tweeden, saying he felt “ashamed.” A second woman, Lindsay Menz, accused the senator of groping her buttocks while they posed for a photo at a state fair in 2010; he said he had no recollection of the incident. Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey are pariahs. Roy Moore and Al Franken are under fire. Charlie Rose is history. This may be “the dawn of a new era,” said the Chicago Tribune—one in which powerful men know that if they engage in sexual harassment and abuse they’ll be “toast.” This “national reckoning,” however, has bypassed President Trump, who was caught on videotape bragging about groping women and was credibly accused of multiple sexual assaults. The pass he got from voters may be “responsible for the remarkable transformation now in progress.” Women sickened by his election, it seems, have decided to stand up against their own abusers.
11-23-17 USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar pleads guilty to sex charges
Former USA Olympic gymnastics sports doctor Larry Nassar has pleaded guilty to seven charges of sexual assault against women and girls in his care. At least 140 women are suing former USA Olympic gymnastics sports doctor Larry Nassar. He was charged with molesting seven girls, many of whom are gymnasts, while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University. As part of the plea deal, Nassar, 54, could face at least 25 years in prison. The hearing comes after a third former US Olympian, Gabby Douglas, accused him of sexual abuse. "You violated the oath that you took, which is to do no harm, and you harmed them. Selfishly." Many of his accusers testified that they were abused while he was examining the young athletes, and sometimes while their parents were nearby. He has been accused of abusing more than 130 women - including Olympic gold medalists Ms Douglas, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney - during his time as team doctor for the US women's gymnastics team. Ms Douglas, who was one of the so-called Fierce Five that won gold medals at the London Olympics in 2012, revealed her accusation on Instagram. (Webmaster's comment: Sentence him to total castration. Cut it all off!)
11-23-17 Nick Carter from Backstreet Boys denies rape accusation
Backstreet Boy Nick Carter has said he is "shocked and saddened" to be accused of rape by an ex-member of a girl band. In a blog post published earlier this month, Melissa Schuman claimed Carter forced her into a sex act against her will and raped her when she was 18. "He was relentless, refusing to take my nos for an answer," she alleged. In a statement, Carter said Ms Schuman had "never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual". "It is contrary to my nature and everything I hold dear to intentionally cause someone discomfort or harm," he went on. The accusations are the latest in a slew of claims to be made against leading figures in the film, music and broadcasting industries. In a lengthy post, Melissa Schuman says she was invited to Carter's apartment while they were shooting a made-for-TV movie in 2003. Schuman, then 18 and a member of girl group Dream, alleges Carter performed oral sex on her and got "upset" when she declined to reciprocate. She claims she was subsequently "forced to engage in an act against [her] will" before being thrown onto a bed and raped. (Webmaster's comment: Studies have shown 90% of women's claims of rape and other sex abuse are true. Let's stop denying their claims and start putting these male brutes in prison!)
11-23-17 US school bullying: Mother charged over hidden recording
A mother in the US who equipped her daughter with a hidden digital recorder at school to catch alleged incidents of bullying has been charged by police and faces five years in jail. Sarah Sims is accused of wrongfully using the device to intercept oral communication. She is also accused of "contributing towards the delinquency of a minor". She said she took the action because her daughter's school did not address her repeated complaints about bullying. "If I'm not getting an answer from [the school] what am I left to do?" she asked Wavy.com in relation to the sustained bullying she says her nine-year-old daughter experienced at the school in Norfolk, Virginia. Ms Sims said she hid the recording device in her daughter's backpack in September to prove that no effort was being made to help her. The school has not commented on the case, but a spokesperson for the Norfolk Public School District made clear that electronic devices are not allowed in elementary schools. The district has stringent anti-bullying rules on its website, with parents and children alike encouraged to report incidents. Ms Sims said that she was "mortified" to hear that she had been charged for "trying to look out for my kid". She faces a possible five years in jail for a felony charge and 12 months for a misdemeanour allegation. (Webmaster's comment: The male justice system rallies around to protect bullies. What else would you expect!)
11-23-17 When I look into my son's eyes I see the man who raped me
Catherine, who lives in the UK, became pregnant after being raped by a man she had considered her friend. She explains here why she decided to give birth to the child - and why the hardest thing for her is looking into her son's eyes. I was a single parent with two children. I knew him. We had been friends for about two years, we met through a mutual friend and just had a friendship - a normal friendship, nothing more than that. I'd been quite open with him that I wasn't looking for a relationship of any sort - I wanted to be on my own - and that I was happy to have a friendship. I was around at his house. It was almost like a switch flipped. I felt him get too close to me in a way that I just really wasn't comfortable with and I moved away and I went to push him back and it was very quick and very forceful. It was totally overpowering and I just froze. I didn't really fight any more, it was like a freeze as opposed to trying to fight him. He didn't say anything, he literally, got up and went out - and actually went out of his house and went out in the car. He didn't talk to me at all.
11-23-17 San Francisco accepts 'comfort women' statue
San Francisco has officially accepted a statue representing the "comfort women" forced to work as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War Two. The work depicts three young women - from Korea, China and the Philippines - standing in a circle holding hands. Similar statues around the world have angered Japan. San Francisco's Japanese sister city, Osaka, has already threatened to cut ties over the move. It's estimated that some 200,000 women were kept in these military brothels. Some of the women were willing, others were lured with the offer of paid work as cooks or cleaners and many were forced, a UN report said. They are thought to have been mainly from Korea, but also from China, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Taiwan. The statue in San Francisco was set up privately in late September, but on Wednesday mayor Edwin Lee signed confirmation that the city council officially accepted the monument. An inscription on the side of the statue reads: "This monument bears witness to the suffering of hundreds of thousands of women and girls euphemistically called 'Comfort Women,' who were sexually enslaved by the Japanese Imperial Armed Forces in thirteen Asian-Pacific countries from 1931 to 1945". A fourth figure stands nearby, depicting an elderly woman meant to be Kim Hak-sun, the first woman to speak out about her experience during the Japanese occupation of Korea during the war. (Webmaster's comment: What about the Japanese "Comfort Women" forced to provide sex for the occupying American Troops in Japan.
See: U.S. troops used 'comfort women' after WWII) on our Sioux Falls Feminists website.
11-23-17 Married for a price: India's abandoned 'holiday wives'
Some poor Indian families are marrying off their young daughters to older men from Arab countries to make ends meet. But in most cases, the men soon leave their new wives behind. This is a true story of one such woman. Names have been changed to protect identities.
11-22-17 Cyntoia Brown: Rihanna and Kim Kardashian back jailed teen
The tale of a 16-year-old killer is spreading around the world, after some of the planet's most famous women joined a campaign to free her. Cyntoia Brown was sentenced to life in prison in 2004 for shooting dead Johnny Allen, a 43-year-old Nashville estate agent who picked her up for sex. The teenager who went home with Mr Allen that night had been repeatedly raped and beaten. She was on the streets by order of her boyfriend, described as a violent, drug-addled pimp named "Kutthroat", who she said verbally abused her and made her strip at gunpoint. He had demanded that she make him some money. The client who would become Cyntoia's victim showed her his gun collection, telling her he was a former Army sharpshooter. It made her nervous, she noted later. Cyntoia ate dinner with him, watched some TV, and got into his bed. "He grabbed me in-between my legs - he just grabbed it real hard," she told the trial court. "I'm thinking he's going to hit me or do something like it..." Then Allen turned over and reached to the side of the bed. Cyntoia said she panicked, thinking he was reaching for a gun. Convinced she was about to die, she said, she shot him in the head with a .40-calibre handgun that Kutthroat had given her.Cyntoia was tried as an adult, and pleaded self-defence. Prosecutors argued that she killed Allen to rob him, because she fled with his wallet and guns. The jury found her guilty of first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree felony murder, and aggravated robbery. Now in her late 20s, she will first be eligible for parole at the age of 67. (Webmaster's comment: Another travesty of the male justice system is denying women the right of self-defence when attacked by brute males. Free Cyntoia Brown!)
11-22-17 Roy Moore: Trump defends Alabama candidate in misconduct claims
US President Donald Trump has backed a beleaguered Alabama Senate candidate who is accused of preying on teenagers. He pointed out that Roy Moore "totally denies" sexual misconduct with a string of teenage girls, including a 14-year-old, when he was in his 30s. "We don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat," Mr Trump said of next month's election. The White House previously said Mr Trump thought the Moore allegations were "extremely troubling." On Tuesday, Mr Trump also assailed Mr Moore's Democratic rival Doug Jones, who is currently ahead in opinion polls by 47% to 42%. "I've looked at his record, he's terrible on the border," Mr Trump said as he left the White House for a five-day holiday in Florida. He also voiced support for the scores of women who have felt emboldened to level sexual misconduct allegations since last month's downfall of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. "Women are very special," Mr Trump said. "I think it's a very special time, a lot of things are coming out and I think that's good for our society and I think it's very, very good for women and I'm very happy." Mr Trump himself faced multiple sexual assault allegations during last year's election campaign, but he denies those claims. (Webmaster's comment: What would you expect? Sexual predators stick together!)
11-22-17 Gabby Douglas: Olympic champion reveals abuse by USA team doctor Larry Nassar
Gabby Douglas has become the third member of the USA's London 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning team to say she was abused by team doctor Larry Nassar. Douglas, 21, had been accused of blaming victims last week, after saying that women should "dress modestly" to avoid enticing "the wrong crowd". She apologised for the comments, which came after team-mate Aly Raisman revealed she was abused by Nassar. And a representative has since confirmed Douglas was also a victim. Team-mate McKayla Maroney, who was part of the 'fierce five' who won gold in London, has also come forward to say she had been molested by Nassar. In a statement posted on Instagram, captioned 'please hear my heart', Douglas offered support to her team-mates and said: "I didn't publicly share my experiences as well as many other things because for years we were conditioned to stay silent and some things were extremely painful." Nassar was involved with the USA team for nearly three decades and worked with the gymnasts at four Olympic Games. He is due in court on Wednesday, having pleaded guilty to child pornography charges, and is reportedly set to be jailed for 25 years under a deal agreed with prosecutors over 22 criminal sexual misconduct charges he is facing. Nassar's case was part of a scandal which saw USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny resign last year. Penny was accused by victims of failing to quickly notify authorities about abuse allegations.
11-22-17 US military members had 'improper contact' with foreign women
Three members of the US military had improper contact with foreign women during President Trump's tour of Asia, US media report. They have reportedly been reassigned from their jobs at the White House following the incident, which is said to have happened in Vietnam. The Washington Post says the personnel worked for a unit that provides the White House with secure communications. The Pentagon is investigating the incident. The service members are alleged to have broken their curfew during the trip to Vietnam, which was part of the president's recent 12-day tour of Asia. If the personnel are found guilty of having improper contact with foreign women they could lose their security clearances or face further disciplinary procedures. Four other military personnel from the same unit, the White House Communications Agency, are currently under investigation for allegedly taking foreign women into a secure area during a trip to Panama in August.
11-22-17 Pornography is incompatible with consent
The recent allegations made against the grotesque wire-haired bulk of the popular exhibitionist Ronald Jeremy Hyatt — "Ron Jeremy" to his fans — are the least surprising news to have come in the middle of our national reckoning with sexual assault. To describe all the crimes of which Jeremy has been accused in an article recently published in Rolling Stone would exhaust the space of a single column, and any detailed account of them would be emetic. One actress claims that she was invited to meet Jeremy at his home, where he proceeded to lock her in a bathroom and sodomize her. "I need to look at your ass so I can get hard for the photo shoot," he is said to have explained. Another recounted an incident in the back room of a Las Vegas convention center for a private photo shoot. "I was saying, ‘I'm not comfortable with this.' And before I know it I feel the tip of his penis inside me," she said. In a vaguely worded statement submitted to the magazine, Jeremy appeared both to deny and corroborate the claims of his accusers. "I have never and would never rape anyone," he said. He did not deny what he referred to as "the charges of groping". It is inevitable that more women who have worked in the porn "industry" will come forward with similar stories. The question is whether we are going to draw any worthwhile conclusions from their painful testimony or dismiss their anguish by imagining that they are talking about isolated incidents. The only prudent response is to question the legal availability of pornography. It is impossible to observe the shaky ethics of consent in a world in which women are expected to appear in a state of undress and make themselves subject to groping, sodomy, and other indescribably disgusting acts at the whim of directors who are also frequently performers and random "fans" who have paid for the privilege of doing exactly those things at so-called "conventions" — one in which, indeed, they are often paid (negligible) wages to have sexual intercourse with men who are "pretending" to rape them. All of this is undertaken in an atmosphere in which drug use and the abuse of alcohol are ubiquitous.
11-21-17 John Lasseter: Pixar founder on leave over 'unwanted hugs'
John Lasseter, the head of animation at Pixar and Disney, is taking a leave of absence after allegations of misconduct emerged about him. Current and former staff told The Hollywood Reporter that Mr Lasseter frequently gave unwanted hugs and invaded personal space. Other sources alleged he was known for "grabbing, kissing, making comments". In a statement Mr Lasseter apologised "to anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug". He apologised for his "missteps" and "any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any way, shape, or form". "Collectively, you mean the world to me, and I deeply apologise if I have let you down," he said. "No matter how benign my intent, everyone has the right to set their own boundaries and have them respected." Mr Lasseter, a founding member of Pixar, said he would be taking a six-month leave of absence to "start taking better care of myself".
11-21-17 Want to stop sexual abuse in the workplace? Make sure every company has an HR department.
If you want to expose and punish past acts of workplace sexual harassment and predation, there's nothing more effective than journalists talking to women about their experiences with an alleged abuser, verifying their claims, and publishing them. This humiliates the perpetrator, badly damaging or destroying his reputation, and in many cases scuttling his career. And the bad press (especially when combined with numerous other stories) may also serve to deter future bad behavior on the part of other powerful men. Both considerations — retribution over the past, deterrence for the future — are playing a decisive role in driving the stories that have taken down a slew of men in recent weeks and that threaten to take down many, many more in the days, weeks, and months ahead. But that doesn't mean that it's enough for reformers to rely on the informal deterrence that follows from the threat of bad press. Some abusers aren't famous enough to justify a splashy news story. Then there's the possibility that the sheer volume of claims will eventually rob them of their ability to influence opinion about the perpetrators. That's why reform needs to take a different, less ostentatious form. Want to protect people against predators in the workplace? Make sure every company in America has a department of human resources. Readers with experience in the corporate world will likely find the suggestion laughably banal. That's because it was way back in the 1990s that most corporations first tasked HR departments with overseeing sexual harassment claims. This doesn't mean that sexual manipulation and predation doesn't still take place in the corporate sector. But it does mean that in most cases its victims have an established institutional means of reporting the behavior to an ostensibly neutral, bureaucratic entity tasked with solving interpersonal problems and avoiding lawsuits. Are departments of human resources perfect solutions to the problem of workplace sexual misconduct? Of course not. But victims are indisputably better off with them than without them.
11-21-17 Charlie Rose, US TV host, suspended amid sexual harassment allegations
US talk show host Charlie Rose has been suspended by several television networks following allegations of sexual harassment. Eight women accused the veteran TV interviewer of inappropriate behaviour in a report by the Washington Post. "These allegations are extremely disturbing and we take them very seriously," CBS News said. PBS and Bloomberg have also suspended him. Mr Rose has apologised, but said not all the allegations were accurate. They span from the 1990s to 2011 and include groping, lewd telephone calls and unwanted advances. Two women who worked for Mr Rose said he walked naked in front of them, and another said she was groped by him at a party. Mr Rose, 75, is one of America's most respected broadcasters. He is known for conducting in-depth interviews, including with such high-profile guests as former President Barack Obama, talk show host Oprah Winfrey and billionaire Warren Buffett, on his eponymous television programme which first aired in 1991. Mr Rose, whose show goes out on PBS and Bloomberg TV, also co-hosts CBS's This Morning and is a contributing correspondent for prestigious current affairs TV programme 60 Minutes. His interviews have won him Emmy and Peabody awards, and he was named by Time magazine as one of its 100 most influential people in 2014. (Webmaster's comment: Sexual predators know no fame or prestige limitations.)
11-21-17 Charlie Rose colleague: 'No excuse for this behaviour'
CBS This Morning's Norah O'Donnell and Gayle King respond to the allegations of sexual misconduct made against their co-host Charlie Rose. (Webmaster's comment: Let's face it, a large percentage of men consider women to just be sexual prey, pure and simple!)
11-21-17 Rape and no periods in North Korea's army
A former soldier says life as a woman in the world's fourth-largest army was so tough that most soon stopped menstruating. And rape, she says, was a fact of life for many of those she served with.. For almost 10 years Lee So Yeon slept on the bottom bunk bed, in a room she shared with more than two dozen women. Every woman was given a small set of drawers in which to store their uniforms. On top of those drawers each kept two framed photographs. One was of North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung. The second was of his now deceased heir, Kim Jong-il. It was more than a decade ago that she left, but she retains vivid memories of the smell of the concrete barracks. "We sweat quite a bit. "The mattress we sleep on, it's made of the rice hull. So all the body odour seeps into the mattress. It's not made of cotton. Because it's rice hull, all the odour from sweat and other smells are there. It's not pleasant." One of the reasons for this was the state of the washing facilities. "As a woman, one of the toughest things is that we can't shower properly," says Lee So Yeon. "Because there is no hot water. They connect a hose to the mountain stream and have water directly from the hose. "We would get frogs and snakes through the hose." The daughter of a university professor, So Yeon, now 41, grew up in the north of the country. Many male members of her family had been soldiers, and when famine devastated the country in the 1990s she volunteered - motivated by the thought of a guaranteed meal each day. Thousands of other young women did the same. "The famine resulted in a particularly vulnerable time for women in North Korea," says Jieun Baek, author of North Korea's Hidden Revolution. "More women had to enter the labour force and more were subject to mistreatment, particularly harassment and sexual violence."
11-20-17 Senator Al Franken accused of misconduct by second woman
A second woman has accused Democratic Senator Al Franken of inappropriately touching her, alleging it happened during his time in office. Lindsay Menz, 33, told CNN that Mr Franken "grabbed my butt" as they posed for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010. In a statement, the ex-comedian said he did not remember the encounter, and he feels "badly" she felt disrespected. He is already facing a possible Senate ethics inquiry over another allegation. Last week, the former Saturday Night Live writer apologised after a woman accused him of sexual misconduct during a 2006 tour to entertain US troops overseas. Leeann Tweeden claimed Mr Franken - who had not yet been elected to the US Senate - "forcibly" kissed her and took photographs of himself appearing to grope her breasts as she slept. The incident revealed on Monday was alleged to have happened almost two years after Mr Franken was elected to political office. Mrs Menz met several politicians that day, she recalled, but as her husband prepared to take a photograph of her and Mr Franken, he "pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear". "It wasn't around my waist. It wasn't around my hip or side. It was definitely on my butt," she said, adding that his hand lingered for several seconds. "I was like, 'oh my God, what's happening.'" Her husband Jeremy said he did not see what Mr Franken did with his hands. On Saturday a spokesperson for Mr Franken said the senator would not resign.
11-20-17 Senate candidate Roy Moore's accuser: I was a 14-year-old child
A woman who says Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore abused her when she was a 14-year-old girl has described the alleged encounter. Leigh Corfman told NBC News that Mr Moore, then a 32-year-old prosecutor, "seduced" her at his house in 1979. Several Alabama newspapers have endorsed Mr Moore's Democratic opponent, a remarkable step in such a staunchly Republican state. Mr Moore, who denies the allegation, is currently lagging in opinion polls. Most of the Republican establishment has lined up against the 70-year-old former Alabama supreme court judge and firebrand Christian conservative, whom they did not want elected in the first place. Ms Corfman originally told the Washington Post how she was approached by Mr Moore outside a courthouse in Etowah County in 1979. She had been sitting with her mother on a bench awaiting a child custody hearing in her parents' divorce case. Her mother, the newspaper reported, was delighted when the assistant district attorney offered to sit with her daughter outside to spare her having to listen to the court proceedings. In the coming days, Mr Moore allegedly picked up Ms Corfman around the corner from her home, and drove her to his house in the woods where he sexually assaulted her, the newspaper claims. Ms Corfman told NBC's Today show: "Well I wouldn't exactly call it a date, I would call it a meet. At 14 I was not dating. "At 14 I was not able to make those kinds of choices. I met him around the corner from my house, my mother did not know. "And he took me to his home. After arriving at his home on the second occasion he basically laid out some blankets on the floor of his living room and proceeded to seduce me, I guess you would say." She alleged that he removed her clothing and stripped to his white underwear before molesting her and trying to get her to touch him. "At that point I pulled back and said that I was not comfortable and I got dressed and he took me home," Ms Corfman said. "But I was a 14-year-old child trying to play in an adult's world and he was 32 years old." The age of consent in Alabama is 16.
11-19-17 The story that highlights an ugly American tribalism
There've been a lot of sex stories recently. Or rather a lot of sexual harassment stories. Not surprisingly they are all quite grubby and they tend to show the worst in human nature. Take the news in Alabama this week - it's a textbook case. An older guy in a powerful position is accused by women of molesting them when they were teenagers. One of the women says she was only 14. Roy Moore is now 70 years old and running to be the next US senator for the state of Alabama. Some polls suggest he could win. There is also a report in the New Yorker magazine that Mr Moore was banned from visiting a local shopping mall because of his tendency to badger teenage girls there. It takes quite a bit to be banned from a shopping mall. There have now been a slew of these types of stories. I sincerely hope they do change our culture, especially for all the women who work in industries where the men aren't famous and so are less likely to be outed, and for the women who are so financially dependent on their jobs that they can't afford to turn down their lecherous bosses. But the story of Judge Roy Moore in Alabama has revealed something else that has nothing to do with sex and harassment. It's a story of tribalism. Over the past few days Mr Moore has been widely condemned by many top Republican politicians in Washington who say he should drop out of the Senate race. They say they believe the accusers' stories over Mr Moore's denials. But the reaction in Alabama itself has been quite different. There, several state Republican officials and local Republican party committees have come to Judge Moore's defence. Ed Henry, a Republican state representative, suggested it's the women who accused Mr Moore who should be prosecuted, for not coming forward with their stories sooner and so allowing an accused predator to roam free. Seriously. And Jerry Pow, the Republican chairman of Bibb County, Alabama, told a reporter he'd vote for Roy Moore even if the allegations are true, and he did commit a sex crime against a teenager. Take a breath and let that sink in for a moment - it's 2017 and an Alabama Republican official says he'd vote for a paedophile.
11-19-17 Lena Dunham sorry for comment on writer accused of sexual assault
The star of Girls, Lena Dunham, has apologised for supporting a writer on the US TV series who has been accused of sexual assault. Los Angeles police are investigating the accusation made against Murray Miller by actress Aurora Perrineau. Ms Dunham initially said she was "confident" the accusation had been "misreported" but later said it was the wrong time to make such a statement. On Twitter on Saturday evening, Ms Dunham said she had "naively believed it was important to share my perspective", but now accepted it was "absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement". She added: "Every woman who comes forward deserves to be heard, fully and completely." Ms Perrineau said that after a night socialising with Mr Miller and other people, she woke to find him on top of her. "He was on top of me having sexual intercourse with me. At no time did I consent to any sexual contact with Murray," she said in a statement. (Webmaster's comment: Only 3% of sexual assault cases are misreported every year. 97% of women are telling the truth when they report being sexually assaulted!)
11-17-17 Trump attacks Senator Al Franken after grope allegation
President Donald Trump has criticised Senator Al Franken on Twitter after the Democrat apologised for a photo of him appearing to grope a woman. Mr Trump called him "Al Frankenstien" - a misspelled reference to the undead monster - and mocked his previous advocacy for women's' rights. Mr Franken apologised to his accuser, but disputed "forcibly" kissing her. Mr Trump has yet to publicly comment on sexual misconduct allegations against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. "The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words," Mr Trump wrote in a pair of tweets late on Thursday. (Webmaster's comment: This from Trump, a man who gropes women's genitals and brags about it!) Los Angeles radio host Leeann Tweeden claims the now-Minnesota senator "aggressively" kissed her while they rehearsed a scene during a 2006 tour to entertain US troops in the Middle East and Afghanistan. He also had a photo taken of him appearing to touch her breasts while she slept onboard a military plane, she said.
11-17-17 US Navy: Penis in sky drawn by jet trail was 'unacceptable'
US Navy officials have said it was "absolutely unacceptable" that one of their pilots used a jet's contrail to draw a penis in the sky. The phallic outline over Okanogan County in the western US state of Washington provoked much mirth online. But commanders at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island did not see the funny side and have ordered an inquiry. A spokesman for the airbase confirmed that the aircraft involved was one of its Boeing EA-18G Growlers. WARNING: Some viewers may find images below offensive. The jet specialises in electronic warfare and can travel at nearly twice the speed of sound. Spokesman Thomas Mills told the BBC: "From a Navy standpoint, we do hold our aircrew to the highest standards and this is absolutely unacceptable. "It has zero training value and the aircrew is being held accountable." The Federal Aviation Administration, a government agency that regulates US airspace, told local TV station KREM 2 that the manoeuvre did not appear to pose a safety risk and they "cannot police morality". Plenty of onlookers on the ground were amused by Thursday afternoon's sky doodle. (Webmaster's comment: The macho male brutes feel they are under attack by all the women revealing sexual predator's behavior. This is their pathetic response.)
11-18-17 Ohio Supreme Court Judge Bill O'Neill brags of sex conquests
Ohio voters are in shock after a top judge boasted of having been "sexually intimate" with "approximately 50 very attractive females". State Supreme Court Judge Bill O'Neill, who is a Democratic candidate for state governor, made the claim on Facebook on Friday afternoon. In a follow-up interview he defended his post and a senator who was pictured apparently groping a sleeping woman. Ohio Democrats condemned Judge O'Neill's comments. His post began: "Now that the dogs of war are calling for the head of Senator Al Franken I believe it is time to speak up on behalf of all heterosexual males." Judge O'Neill noted that as a candidate for governor, his admission would "save my opponents some research time". "In the last fifty years I was sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females," wrote the Chagrin Falls, Ohio, native. The 70-year-old Democrat went on to describe two of the women and his alleged encounters with them. "It ranged from a gorgeous personal secretary to Senator Bob Taft (Senior) who was my first true love and we made passionate love in the hayloft of her parents barn." He later edited the post to clarify it was the secretary - not Senator Taft - with whom he purportedly had sexual relations. (Webmaster's comment: He's really just bragging. What a man he is! All us men should all admire his great sexual prowess. The really horrible thing is not the number but seeing the woman as "Conquests." Viewing women as Prey! A pathetic view of male-female sexual relationships.)
11-17-17 Sylvester Stallone denies sexually assaulting 16-year-old fan
Actor Sylvester Stallone has denied reports that he and a bodyguard sexually assaulted a 16-year-old fan in Las Vegas in the 1980s. The Mail Online has published what it says is a police report dating from 1986, which detailed the allegations. The young woman did not press charges, the report said, because she was "humiliated and ashamed", as well as being "scared". No action was taken. The Rocky star's spokeswoman said the story was "categorically false". Michelle Bega described the allegation as "ridiculous", adding: "No one was ever aware of this story until it was published today, including Mr Stallone. "At no time was Mr Stallone ever contacted by any authorities or anyone else regarding this matter." The alleged victim said she became intimidated and frightened when the star's bodyguard became involved in the incident in a hotel room, according to the 12-page police report. The report says the girl alleged they met in July 1986 in what was then the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel when she got an autograph from Stallone, then 40. She claimed a bodyguard gave her keys to a hotel room, where she later had sex with both men. The officer wrote: "She said that after she got dressed, Stallone made the comment to her that they were both married men and that she could not tell anybody about the incident and if she did, that they would have to beat her head in."
11-17-17 George Bush Snr accused of groping by eighth woman
An eighth woman has come forward with claims that former US president George HW Bush groped her. An interpreter, whom the BBC has agreed not to name because of the sensitive nature of her job, claims Mr Bush touched her inappropriately in 2004. The alleged incident took place at a meeting between the former president and the Spanish defence minister Jose Bono Martinez. The interpreter has not previously spoken publicly about the incident. "It was 2004," she told the BBC. "Spanish troops had been withdrawn suddenly from Iraq and I was working as an interpreter in Spain." Jose Zapatero's Socialist Party unexpectedly won the general election in March of that year. The incumbent US president, George W Bush, was nearing the end of his first term in office. His relationship with Mr Zapatero was markedly frostier than the warm rapport he had enjoyed with the Spanish prime minister's conservative predecessor. George HW Bush, the president's father, was hunting in Spain so, with an interpreter, Mr Martinez was sent to meet him armed with a gift - a pair of hunting rifles. The interpreter would not disclose the contents of the meeting, citing confidentiality concerns. But media reports suggest Mr Martinez was hoping to enlist Mr Bush's help in establishing greater communication between the US president and the Spanish prime minister.
11-17-17 Louis C.K. is stepping back from comedy
Louis C.K. is stepping back from comedy after admitting to engaging in sexual misconduct with five women, several of whom accused the star of masturbating in front of them. In a New York Times exposé, three female comedians, a writer, and a fifth anonymous woman all described incidents in which the 50-year-old undressed and masturbated in front of them, asked if he could do so, or could be heard masturbating during a telephone call. The article prompted HBO and Netflix to sever ties with the comedian, who had long riffed about masturbation during his stand-up shows, while the distributor of his new film, I Love You, Daddy, put the movie’s imminent release on hold. “These stories are true,” Louis C.K. subsequently admitted of the women’s accounts, saying that he had wielded his power over the women irresponsibly. “I will now step back and take a long time to listen.”
11-17-17 GOP shaken by Moore sex scandal
Senior Republicans called on former judge Roy Moore to quit the U.S. Senate race in Alabama this week, after the GOP candidate was accused of pursuing or sexually assaulting five teenagers in the late 1970s and 1980s. Leigh Corfman, 53, told The Washington Post she was 14 when Moore, then a 32-year-old assistant district attorney, took her to his home and molested her. Beverly Young Nelson, 55, said Moore assaulted her in his car when she was 16, groping her and trying to force her head into his crotch. After she resisted, Nelson said, Moore told her no one would believe her if she spoke out, because “You’re just a child.” Three other women said Moore either dated or tried to date them when they were ages 16 to 18; The New Yorker reported that he was banned from the mall in his hometown, Gadsden, for bothering teenage girls. Moore, 70, dismissed the allegations as “fake news,” saying he didn’t “generally” date teens when he was in his 30s. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared, “I believe the women,” and said he was considering asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to mount a write-in campaign to win back his old seat. The Alabama Republican Party can withdraw Moore’s nomination for the Dec. 12 election, but it is too late for his name to be removed from the ballot. National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Cory Gardner said if Moore wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, a step that hasn’t been taken since 1862. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Trump believed Moore should step aside “if these allegations are true.”
11-17-17 Gymnast accuses doctor
Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman this week said she too had been molested by the U.S. women’s gymnastics team doctor—making her the second of gymnastics’ “Fierce Five,” and one of more than 130 women, to accuse Lawrence Nassar of sexual abuse. Raisman, 23, who captained gymnastics teams in the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympics, said that she would ball her hands into fists as Nassar’s “ungloved hands worked their way under [her] clothing” during treatments and exams, which began when she was 15. Other girls described the doctor touching their groin during massages. “I know people will say, ‘Why didn’t she tell her mom?’” said Raisman. “I didn’t really know what was happening to me.” She also criticized USA Gymnastics, the governing body for her sport, for creating a “culture” where young athletes felt afraid to speak up. Nasser is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.
11-16-17 Roy Moore's lawyer casts doubt on accuser's yearbook claim
Mr Moore's lawyer questions an accuser's account as three more women come forward with more claims. A lawyer for embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore has raised questions about evidence provided by a woman who claims he sexually assaulted her as a teen. Beverly Young Nelson showed Mr Moore's purported signature and message in her high school yearbook as proof of his alleged interest in her. His lawyer cast doubt on the signature and called on Mrs Nelson to release the yearbook for handwriting examination. A number of women have come forward to accuse Mr Moore of sexual misconduct. Many of them accuse him of initiating sexual contact while they were teenage girls. The 70-year-old former Alabama Supreme Court judge has flatly denied the claims. He tweeted a defiant message - "Bring. It. On" - to Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate majority leader, who is among those to have urged him to quit. Mr Moore's lawyer, Phillip Jauregui, told reporters on Wednesday the allegations against his client were "incredibly painful" and suggested his fifth accuser had altered the judge's signature in her yearbook. "Was it written by somebody else?" Mr Jauregui asked, before urging Mrs Nelson's lawyer, Gloria Allred, to release the yearbook to a "neutral custodian" to analyse the handwriting.
11-16-17 Drake stops his set after seeing person being groped
Rapper Drake stopped his set at a gig in Sydney after seeing someone being groped in the audience. He then confronted the individual.
11-15-17 US House to implement anti-sexual harassment training
The US House of Representatives will require anti-sexual harassment training for all members of staff, House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced. The move came hours after two female lawmakers testified about sexual misconduct involving unnamed sitting members of Congress. Republican Barbara Comstock said she was told about a staffer who quit after a lawmaker exposed himself to her. Mr Ryan said the hearing was a critical step in combating sexual harassment. "Our goal is not only to raise awareness, but also make abundantly clear that harassment in any form has no place in this institution," Mr Ryan said in a statement. Earlier on Tuesday, Mrs Comstock testified to the House Administration Committee hearing on sexual harassment that a male member of Congress told a young female aide to deliver documents to his house, where he greeted the woman wearing a towel and exposed himself. The aide subsequently left her job, Mrs Comstock said. "But that kind of situation - what are we doing here for women right now who are dealing with somebody like that?" she asked. Mrs Comstock said she was not told the name of the congressman, but added that identifying perpetrators is an important step in addressing the pervasive problem. California Democrat Jackie Speier also testified that there are two current lawmakers who were allegedly involved in sexually harassing staffers. She declined to name the lawmakers but said one was a Republican and the other was a Democrat. (Webmaster's comment: We don't need anti-sexual harrassment training for the staff as much as we need it for the members of congress!)
11-15-17 Congress has a pervert problem
"There is no law that requires anybody in Congress to post these notices," she said. It would be nice to think that I was not the only person who watched Tuesday's congressional hearing regarding sexual misconduct on Capitol Hill and felt pronouncedly stupider afterwards. But apart from a headline in The Washington Post suggesting that "Training is 'first step' in stopping sexual harassment in the House, lawmakers say," there is little evidence so far that any other sentient human beings saw it. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was talking about Russia on the other C-SPAN at roughly the same time, so maybe no one did. From start to finish, the proceedings were a bland, tedious exercise in the deployment of managerial professionalist BS in service of a status quo that virtually everyone in the room either approves of or would be happy to ignore. My favorite special guests were Barbara Childs Wallace of the CAA-OCC and Gloria Lett of OHEC, surely two of the dimmest bulbs in the not exactly radiant ceiling of previously unknown federal acronymed agencies. Asked what was the most important step that could be taken to prevent sexual harassment by members of Congress and their staff, Childs Wallace, whose actual job title is "chairwoman of the Office of Compliance's board of directors," without blinking, held up a piece of paper.She then proceeded to explain why putting up posters full of legalese written in tiny print is the surest way of making it absolutely clear to Rep. BlueBlazer McEntrepreneurship that he should not under any circumstances be showing his penis to members of his staff or his fellow representatives. Adults, especially those with college degrees, proud service in our nation's Armed Forces, decades of experience getting things done in the private sector, and the other sorts of things that you generally find on the CVs of congressmen, learn these things from posters when they are 40 or 50 years old. Who would know otherwise?
11-14-17 Why Roy Moore can still win in Alabama
One week ago we were reporting from Alabama. An extraordinary Senate race is being played out in this Deep South state - between a Democrat, Doug Jones, and the Republican candidate Roy Moore. Roy Moore has been called many things in his political life: a racist, a homophobe, a man who has said American Muslims shouldn't stand for office and that gay sex should be made illegal. He is considered to occupy a place far to the right of any other elected senator. But all that paled briefly into the background this week after allegations emerged in the Washington Post - a number of women came forward to claim he had made unwanted sexual advances - including, one said, when she was just 14 years old. A second woman claiming she'd been assaulted by him aged 16 has now come forward as I write this. Roy Moore is not new to public office. He's twice been elected Alabama Supreme Court justice. He's twice been fired from that post - once for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Judicial Building. The second time for directing judges to enforce the ban on same-sex marriage after state laws had overturned it. This time around he has the backing of Steve Bannon, the arch strategist some credit with getting Trump into power. An ideologue who makes the president look like a moderate. Democrats do not normally get a look-in in a redder-than-red state like Alabama. This time, though, it feels different. A growing number of Republicans there are supporting groups like Republicans for Doug, Republicans for Jones, GOP4DougJOnes and so on. (Webmaster's comment: Many American males are supporting rapists and sexaul predators for office, and so are many women. Why am I not surprised!)
11-13-17 Roy Moore: Woman claims US Senate candidate 'tried to rape me'
A fifth woman has accused Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual assault as Republicans increase calls for him to "step aside". Beverly Young Nelson said she was 16 years old when Mr Moore allegedly tried to force himself on her after offering a ride home from her job as a waitress. "I tried fight him off while yelling at him to stop," she said, adding that he locked his car to prevent her escape. Mr Moore, 70, denies the allegations, describing them as a "witch hunt". But Senator Cory Gardner, the National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman, said on Monday he believes Mr Moore's accusers "spoke with courage and truth" and the former Alabama Supreme Court judge should be expelled if he is elected. "If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate," he said. Mrs Nelson's accusation comes after four other women detailed allegations of sexual assault by the conservative firebrand while they were teenagers in Alabama. The 56-year-old said she met Mr Moore during the late 1970s at the Olde Hickory House restaurant in Gadsen, Alabama, where she worked as a waitress while she was a teenager. She claimed Mr Moore, a 30-year-old deputy district attorney at the time, offered to sign her high school yearbook and wrote: "To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say Merry Christmas." He signed it "Love, Roy Moore, DA", according to a copy of the yearbook page provided to reporters by her attorney, Gloria Allred. About a week or two later, he allegedly offered to drive her home and instead drove to the back of the restaurant car park. "I was terrified. He was also trying to pull my shirt off. I thought he was going to rape me," she told reporters at a news conference on Monday. "At some point he gave up and he then looked at me and he told me, 'You're just a child,' and he said, 'I am the district attorney of Etowah County. If you tell anyone about this, no one will believe you", Mrs Nelson said, adding that her neck was bruised in the struggle.
11-13-17 George Bush Snr 'groped 16-year-old girl' during 2003 photo op
A woman has said she was 16 when former US President George HW Bush groped her buttocks as she posed for a photo with him and her mother. Rosyln Corrigan is the sixth woman to accuse Mr Bush of inappropriately touching her in similar circumstances. She told Time Magazine she met Mr Bush at a 2003 meeting of CIA officers in Texas, where her father worked. "My initial reaction was absolute horror," she said about the incident. "I was really, really confused." "I was a child," Ms Corrigan added. A Bush spokesman has previously acknowledged he has touched several women on the rear. On Monday, Jim McGrath, a spokesman for Mr Bush, told the BBC the 41st president, who once directed the CIA, "simply does not have it in his heart to knowingly cause anyone harm or distress, and he again apologises to anyone he may have offended during a photo op". Ms Corrigan said the incident occurred as Mr Bush was posing for a photo with her and her mother at the CIA office in The Woodlands, Texas, in November 2003. "As soon as the picture was being snapped on the one-two-three he dropped his hands from my waist down to my buttocks and gave it a nice, ripe squeeze, which would account for the fact that in the photograph my mouth is hanging wide open," Ms Corrigan said. Mr Bush was 79 years old at the time. "I was like, 'Oh my goodness, what just happened?'" Ms Corrigan said in an interview with Time. "I didn't say anything. What does a teenager say to the ex-president of the United States? Like, 'Hey dude, you shouldn't have touched me like that?'"
11-11-17 Rebel Wilson reveals sexual harassment experience
Australian actress Rebel Wilson is the latest Hollywood star to reveal her experience of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. In a series of tweets, she alleged that "a male star in a position of power" had repeatedly asked her to perform an obscene act. "I refused. The whole thing was disgusting," she said. Wilson said the unnamed star's male friends had attempted to film the incident before she left the room. She complained to the film studio about the encounter, but says she was later "threatened by one of the star's representatives". The Pitch Perfect actress also recounted a second incident which she described as a "hotel room encounter with a top director". "Nothing physical happened because the guy's wife called and started abusing him over the phone for sleeping with actresses... I bolted out of there immediately," she said. Wilson added: "If I witness this behaviour, whether it happens to me or someone I know, I will no longer be polite." A growing number of sexual misconduct allegations have been made against public figures in recent weeks. The allegations have been sparked by multiple women speaking out against the Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, and a subsequent campaign encouraging victims to share their stories of sexual harassment under the #metoo hashtag. (Webmaster's comment: Obviously the upper echelons of Hollywood are a cesspool of sexual predators.)
11-10-17 Weinstein charges
The Manhattan district attorney’s office is expected to seek an indictment for sex crimes against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, several news organizations reported this week. The New York Police Department has been investigating Boardwalk Empire actress Paz de la Huerta’s accusation that Weinstein raped her twice in 2010. At a briefing last week, detectives said that they had corroborated parts of de la Huerta’s claims. At least 14 people in the past month have filed sexual assault reports against Weinstein with police in Los Angeles, New York, and London. Altogether, more than 60 women have accused Weinstein of some kind of sexual misconduct since a bombshell New York Times report in October. The New Yorker reported this week that Weinstein had hired private investigators and former Israeli spies to dig up dirt on his accusers and on journalists investigating him in order to keep their stories from going public.
11-10-17 Louis CK admits sexual misconduct allegations are true
US comedian Louis CK has admitted that sexual misconduct allegations made against him by five women are true. He said he had "wielded power irresponsibly" and could hardly wrap his head around the "scope of hurt" he had caused them. Four of the accusers told the New York Times he masturbated during interactions with them and a fifth said he had asked to do so. The allegations led to the release of his new movie being scrapped. I Love You Daddy - a comedy about an ageing film director, played by John Malkovich, who has a reputation for getting embroiled with young women - was due to have been released in the US on 17 November. "These stories are true," Louis CK said in his statement, which is reproduced in full at the bottom of this article. "The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly." The comedian added that he regretted the hurt he had inflicted on people he worked with, including his manager Dave Becky, his family, his friends, his children and their mother. In Thursday's New York Times report, four comediennes - Dana Min Goodman, Julia Wolov, Rebecca Corry and Abby Schachner - and a fifth woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, made allegations about the entertainer.
11-10-17 Update on Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey is seeking evaluation and treatment as the allegations against him of sexual assault continue to pile up. British police, meanwhile, have launched a criminal investigation into claims that in 2008 he performed a sex act on a man who was unconscious. At least two men have accused the Oscar-winning actor of sexually assaulting them when they were 14, while eight people say Spacey created a “toxic” work environment on the set of House of Cards—allegedly groping and propositioning young men. Richard Dreyfuss’ son Harry also accused Spacey of groping him when Harry, then a high school senior, and his father were at Spacey’s London home rehearsing a script. Netflix producers will reportedly kill off Spacey’s House of Cards character, Frank Underwood, for the sixth and final season. (Webmaster's comment: All these sexaul predators need to be arrested, charged, tried, convicted and imprisioned! Enough of this treatment nonsense. They need harsh punishment!)
11-10-17 Brett Ratner has joins the crowd
Director and producer Brett Ratner has joined the long list of Hollywood figures accused of sexual misconduct. Six women, including actress Olivia Munn, have accused the Rush Hour director of incidents ranging from sexual harassment to forced oral sex. Munn said Ratner masturbated in front of her when she brought a meal to his trailer. Ratner vehemently denies “the outrageous derogatory allegations.”
11-10-17 United Kingdom: Sexual harassment in Parliament
“Someone once joked that politics is ‘show business for ugly people,’” said Labor Party lawmaker John Mann in the Mail on Sunday. So it should come as no surprise that in the wake of Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein scandal, Britain’s Parliament should be the next institution to be exposed as a hotbed of sexual harassment. The ruling Conservative Party has been hit with dozens of accusations in the past two weeks: Defense Secretary Michael Fallon resigned after several allegations, including that he lunged at and attempted to kiss a female political journalist. Trade Minister Mark Garnier admitted that he once sent an aide, whom he called “sugar t--s,” to buy sex toys for him. More seriously, an activist with the opposition Labor Party, Bex Bailey, claimed that she was raped by a senior party figure in 2011 and was advised by party officials not to contact police because “it might damage her career.” For too long, Parliament has been a boys’ club where powerful men could abuse younger women consequence-free, said Independent.co.uk in an editorial. The “revolution in attitudes” post-Weinstein “is certainly overdue and much to be welcomed.” (Webmaster's comment: Hopefully we can finally root out the male bastards who have been raping women and children with impunity!)
11-10-17 Migrant girls found dead
Police in the Italian port city of Salerno launched a murder investigation this week after the bodies of 26 teenage girls—ages 14 to 18—were recovered from the Mediterranean Sea. Twenty three girls, believed to be migrants from Nigeria and Niger, were found floating next to a partially sunken rubber boat; another three were found during another rescue operation. Italian officials are investigating whether the teenagers, who were making the perilous sea crossing from Libya to Europe, were sexually assaulted or tortured before their death. Two men have been arrested so far. “It is very likely that these girls were, in fact, victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation,” said Federico Soda, a director of the International Organization for Migration.
11-8-17 Corey Feldman reports child abuse claims to police
Eighties child star Corey Feldman has filed a report with police after vowing to expose an alleged paedophile ring in Hollywood. Los Angeles Police Department confirmed they are launching an investigation after receiving the actor's report. LAPD did not confirm the nature of the allegations. Feldman's spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment. Feldman, now 46, has long alleged Hollywood figures molested young actors including himself and Corey Haim. He appeared last week on The Dr Oz Show, announcing a $10m (£7.6m) fundraising campaign for a film he wants to produce about the alleged abuse scandal. "Right off the bat, I can name six names, one of them who is still very powerful today," Feldman said. In his 2013 autobiography, Coreyography, Feldman detailed abuse he says he and Haim suffered in Hollywood. He blamed it for Haim's drug problems and untimely death in 2010 at the age of 38. Feldman told ABC's Nightline in 2011: "There is one person to blame in the death of Corey Haim, and that person happens to be a Hollywood mogul. "And that person needs to be exposed but unfortunately I can't be the one to do it."
11-8-17 Facebook 'remembers' nude images to combat revenge porn
Facebook is testing a system that allows users to message themselves their nude photos in an effort to combat so-called revenge porn. It will store a "fingerprint" of images to prevent any copies of them being shared by disgruntled ex-lovers. The trial is in Australia, where studies suggest one in five women aged 18-45 may have had image-based abuse. But one expert says there will still be problems outside Facebook and related sites such as WhatsApp and Instagram. Facebook said it looked forward "to getting feedback and learning" from the trial. Revenge porn is a growing issue in Australia, according to e-safety commissioner Julie Inman Grant, who is working with Facebook on the trial. "We see many scenarios where maybe photos or videos were taken consensually at one point, but there was not any sort of consent to send the images or videos more broadly," she told ABC News. (Webmaster's comment: Abuse of people must be blocked by social media and to hell with the so-called freedom of speech rights of those who promote hatred!)
11-7-17 Weinstein accuser says spy allegations are 'terrifying'
Actress Asia Argento has described a report that Harvey Weinstein used ex-Israeli agents to spy on his accusers as "terrifying". The New Yorker reporter Ronan Farrow has published a story claiming Weinstein used private investigators to try to cover up sexual abuse claims. The Italian actress and director has accused Weinstein of rape. Weinstein's spokesperson denied that "any individuals were targeted or suppressed at any time". In his New Yorker story, Ronan Farrow alleged that the film producer employed two intelligence companies, Kroll and Black Cube, to try to collect information on several women and on journalists trying to expose the allegations. Black Cube advertises itself as "a select group of veterans from the Israeli elite intelligence units". The New Yorker said they included former members of Israeli spy agency Mossad. After the story was published, Argento tweeted: "Why didn't I, @rosemcgowan, @RoArquette @AnnabellSciorra speak up earlier? We were followed by ex-Mossad agents. Isn't that terrifying? Very." Italian-American actress Annabella Sciorra, who starred in US TV series The Sopranos, and US actress Rose McGowan, have also accused Weinstein of rape. He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex. Farrow's report alleges that two private investigators from Black Cube, using false identities, met McGowan to "extract information" from her in an effort to stop the publication of abuse allegations. One of the investigators is reported to have posed as a women's rights advocate. McGowan praised Farrow for his investigation, writing on Twitter that "your words will line the halls of justice". (Webmaster's comment: This man has enough money to finance any amount of evil.)
11-7-17 Woman fired for showing Trump motorcade the middle finger
A woman pictured raising her middle finger toward US President Donald Trump's motorcade has reportedly been fired from her job over the photograph. The image went viral after it was taken on 28 October in Virginia, close to a Trump golf resort. Juli Briskman, who was identified as the cyclist in the image, alleges she was fired by employers Akima LLC after she posted it to her online profiles. The company did not respond to the BBC's request for comment. Ms Briskman told US media the firm had called her into a meeting a day after she informed their HR department she was the subject of the widely circulated image. She told the Huffington Post news website that executives had told her they classified the image as "lewd" or "obscene", and therefore deemed that it violated their social media policies after she had posted it to her Twitter and Facebook accounts. However Ms Briskman said she had emphasised to management that she had not been in working hours when the photograph was taken and had not mentioned her employers on the social media pages. Ms Briskman also alleges that a male colleague was allowed to keep his job after deleting a post deemed as offensive in a separate incident. She therefore questions why she was immediately dismissed from her role. The 50-year-old mother-of-two had reportedly been at the government contractor firm for six months working in communications. Despite losing her job, Ms Briskman said she did not regret making the gesture. (Webmaster's comment: She's a woman and an easy target for the white male supremacists who support Trump!)
11-4-17 The sexual assault backlash is coming. Here's how to respond.
You can almost feel the gathering backlash. As more and more women and men come forward with accounts in which they were sexually assaulted or harassed at work — in Hollywood, in D.C., in newsrooms from Fox News to NPR to Mother Jones — you can feel the shock that animated the first few weeks of these scandals giving way to a very familiar and particular form of exhaustion. It's a tug that's as irrational as it is persistent: Enough, it says. It can't be this bad. I have been encouraged to see the outpouring of accounts from dozens of people who've been harassed or assaulted or raped, or simply had their artistic value reduced to their use value for the genitals of powerful men. I've been even more encouraged to see some actual consequences delivered. It's gratifying to think of people who maintain that they thought groping co-workers was "cute" or a "joke" feeling the norms shift underneath them. So rare is it for victims to see justice that it's genuinely destabilizing when it happens. But it will not last. That's not how these things go. Our conversations about sexuality and consent progress along a kind of saltatory conduction that erupts to the surface every few years and then dives back underground, suitably insulated and naturalized. It's an understudied phenomenon, this collective process, but it's as regular as the tides. With every news story there comes a moment of satiety so absolute that the weight of it trumps any story's actual merits. After everyone reads one too many descriptions of the same incident — whether it's allegations about Russian electoral interference or sexual harassment or rape — a reactionary mood sets in. It's the urge everyone gets as a news cycle crests: That's all very well and good, but come on. Time for the takedown, the pushback, the cooler heads that will reason the volume of the tide away. (Webmaster's comment: Don't let the tide turn. Stand your ground. Nail these bastards to the Wall!)
11-4-17 Harvey Weinstein: Rape claim by actress credible, police say
New York police say they have a viable case against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein after an actress accused him of raping her seven years ago. Robert Boyce, of the New York Police Department, told reporters that the woman had presented a "credible and detailed narrative". Earlier, actress Paz de la Huerta told Vanity Fair that Weinstein raped her twice in New York in 2010. Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex made against him. More than a dozen women have accused the 65-year-old of rape and many more have accused him of sexual harassment and performing indecent acts. Mr Boyce, the New York Police Department chief of detectives, told a news conference that investigators interviewed an actress and were now looking to gather corroboratory evidence. "She put forth a credible and detailed narrative to us," he told reporters. "We have an actual case here. Right now we are gathering our evidence." He added that as Weinstein was out of the state, police would need a court-ordered warrant if they wanted to arrest him. New York police have also been investigating other claims against the producer.
11-3-17 Concerns About Sexual Harassment Higher Than in 1998
Amid a barrage of news about sexual harassment in Hollywood and elsewhere, more Americans today consider sexual harassment in the workplace a major problem than did so two decades ago. Currently, 69% of U.S. adults, up from 50% in 1998, describe this type of harassment as a major problem. Women and men are about equally likely to take it this seriously -- 73% vs. 66%, respectively. The latest findings are based on Gallup polling conducted Oct. 30-31, nearly a month after The New York Times published a report detailing sexual abuse allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Since then, scores of women, as well as men, have come forward to talk about their negative experiences with other major figures in the film and news media industries, in addition to Weinstein. The Weinstein revelations have inspired a social media campaign encouraging people to comment or post #MeToo if they have ever been sexually harassed or victimized. While millions have participated, the greater test of social change will be whether more victims start to hold their abusers legally accountable. Notably, a much higher percentage of women today (38%) than in 1998 (18%) say recent news events about sexual harassment have made them more likely to sue someone they believe had sexually harassed them. Just 14% of women say recent news events have made them less likely to do so, while 44% say their likelihood hasn't changed.
- 69% in U.S. say sexual harassment is a major problem, up from 50% in 1998
- In a reversal, majority now say people are not sensitive enough to the issue
- About four in 10 women say they've been a victim of sexual harassment
11-3-17 Sexual harassment: Will the ‘Weinstein effect’ last?
“Call it the Harvey Weinstein effect,” said Jessica Guynn and Marco della Cava in USA Today. In years past, powerful men could prey on women and suffer no serious consequences. Their assaults were ignored or downplayed as “indiscretions”; they could silence their accusers with legal settlements and carry on as before. “No longer.” In the weeks since Weinstein’s career was destroyed by an ongoing sexual assault scandal involving more than 80 women, male power players in a wide variety of industries have been brought low by their own flood of female accusers. They include Amazon Studios chief Roy Price, director James Toback, and NBC senior political analyst Mark Halperin. Actor Kevin Spacey was accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old male actor; New Republic former literary editor Leon Wieseltier apologized to staffers who accused him of groping and kissing them, and funding for his new magazine was canceled. Even former president George H. W. Bush, 93, was accused of butt-grabbing three women from his wheelchair. Somehow, “we are suddenly in a moment of accountability,” said Rachel Sklar in Elle.com, with men across the country “issuing carefully worded apologies to express their regret and sorrow as they watch their empires crumble.” Other high-profile predators are no doubt quaking in their boots—waiting for their own bad behavior to finally “catch up to them.” “There’s a reason for this flood of accusations,” said Mark Berman in The Washington Post. When people speak out about sexual harassment, “other victims see what happens next.” For years, female accusers were dismissed as delusional or as spurned lovers, or victim-shamed for not speaking out earlier. Then Weinstein happened. Women saw one of the most powerful men in Hollywood lose his job, family, and influence in a matter of days. Armed with social media accounts that gave them both a megaphone and safety in numbers, a critical mass of these female victims suddenly felt empowered to tell their harrowing stories under the hashtag #MeToo. “Women had this anger bottled up inside of them all this time,” says women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred. “Then suddenly, all that anger’s unleashed.” (Webmaster's comment: You Go Girl!)
11-3-17 Paz de la Huerta: Actress accuses Harvey Weinstein of rape
Another actress has come forward with an allegation that US producer Harvey Weinstein raped her. Boardwalk Empire star Paz de la Huerta told Vanity Fair that Weinstein raped her twice in New York in 2010. The magazine says the alleged assaults could see charges brought against the film mogul because they fall within New York's statute of limitations for rape in the first degree. Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex made against him. De La Huerta, 33, is one of more than a dozen women who have accused the 65-year-old of rape. Many more have accused the Shakespeare in Love producer of sexual harassment and performing indecent acts. De La Huerta, who played Lucy Danziger in Boardwalk Empire, claims Weinstein raped her in November 2010 after offering her a ride home. "It wasn't consensual," she is quoted as saying about the alleged incident. The actress goes on to claim that Weinstein raped her again the following month after turning up uninvited at her apartment building. "I did say no, and when he was on top of me I said, 'I don't want to do this,'" she is reported as saying. (Webmaster's comment: Amazingly this Serial Rapist is still walking around loose. Other male brutes in law enforcement are protecting him!)
11-3-17 Ivanka Trump discusses harassment in Japan
Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser to the US president, has told a Tokyo summit that sexual harassment of women should "never be tolerated". She also called for boosting equal participation in "traditionally male-dominated sectors of our economy". Officials blamed the many empty seats in the hall on security restrictions. Ms Trump's father has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and assault, all of which his representatives have denied. Accusations of groping, forced kissing, and walking unannounced into changing areas at beauty pageants were made against Donald Trump when he was running for president. A Washington post reporter at the event tweeted a picture of empty rows of seats. Reports said officials had blamed tight security restrictions, but there were no reports of long queues. (Webmaster's comment: The bottom line: No one wants to listen to the daughter of a sexual predator defending her father.)
11-3-17 ‘Sex pests’ in Parliament
. The #MeToo campaign that has seen women share stories of harassment has spread to the U.K., where staffers with the ruling Conservative Party have compiled a list of 36 Conservative lawmakers—including six cabinet ministers—they accuse of sexual harassment. The insider-politics blog Guido Fawkes published the accusations but redacted the names. One lawmaker was said to be “perpetually intoxicated and very inappropriate with women,” while another was “handsy in taxis.” Meanwhile, a female staffer told The Mail on Sunday that Trade Minister Mark Garnier called her “sugar t--s” in front of witnesses and sent her to a sex shop to buy vibrators. None of the Conservative lawmakers have been punished so far, but the Labor Party suspended one of its parliamentarians, Jared O’Mara, following allegations of sexist comments.
11-3-17 US energy chief: Fossil fuels may prevent sexual assault
US Energy Secretary Rick Perry has said an increase in the use of fossil fuels in Africa may prevent sexual assault. Speaking in Washington, he said "from the standpoint of sexual assault" light would shine "righteousness...on those types of acts". Mr Perry also said electricity would stop people from reading by the light of fires, which have toxic fumes. His comments have been criticised, with one environmental group describing them as "blatantly untrue". Mr Perry, a known climate change sceptic, said on Thursday: "From the standpoint of sexual assault. When the lights are on, when you have light that shines, the righteousness, if you will, on those types of acts". "So from the standpoint of how you really affect people's lives, fossil fuels is [sic] going to play a role in that", he added. (Webmaster's comment: Rapists and Global Warming Deniers are cut from the same cloth!)
Rick Perry gaffes:
- "A broken clock is right once a day." - denying reports he was about to quit the White House race in 2015
- "George W Bush did a incredible job in the presidency, defending us from freedom." - to NBC in 2010
- "Juarez is reported to be the most dangerous city in America," - in 2011 on a city that's in Mexico
- "I'm more Jewish than you think I am. I read the part of the Bible that said the Jews are God's chosen people." - interview with the New York Times
- "I may have the genetic coding that I'm inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue in the same way." - to the Commonwealth Club of California in 2014
- "From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented." - on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill
11-3-17 India police parents catch 'daughter's rapists'
The parents of a teenage girl in India have caught their daughter's alleged rapists after police refused to register their complaint. The parents, who are police officials, said that one officer accused their daughter of "making up a filmy story". A gang rape case was registered only after the parents personally caught two suspects and brought them to a police station in the city of Bhopal. Two other men have been arrested, and a fast-track trial ordered. The 19-year-old victim was returning from a study centre on Thursday evening when two men attacked her under a bridge in the central Indian city. After raping her for hours, they tied her up and called two more men who also took turns to sexually assault her. Local media reported that at least two police stations initially refused to register a case of rape. Two police officers have been sacked for refusing to lodge the complaint. The parents told The Times of India newspaper that they spotted two suspects roaming freely and decided to catch them. "While coming from Habibganj [railway station], my daughter saw two of the rapists loitering in front of Mansarowar Complex, which is around 500 metres from the spot of the crime," the mother told the paper. "We [caught] and handed over the duo to the police," she added.(Webmaster's comment: Just like in America! Brute male police and judges protect their own.)
11-3-17 For some women, Catalan independence is a 'feminist struggle'
"Women's rights have been won by disobedience." Barcelona awoke on Saturday, Oct. 28, to gray skies and the usual stream of glassy-eyed tourists scuttling about on Segways. Locals sat at corner cafes, chatting conspiratorially over espressos, rolling cigarettes, and leafing through the day's papers. You'd have to peer closely at one of these to catch a headline pointing you to the fact that the day before, Catalonia's President Carles Puigdemont had declared independence from Spain. The news that blared out across social media, with tweets reading, "Welcome to the Catalan Republic" and "Good morning Republic," seemed blind to another conflicting fact. Just hours after the proclamation, Spain revoked the region's autonomy and imposed direct rule via a never-before-used constitutional provision known as Article 155. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called for elections in Catalonia on Dec. 21. But independence-minded civil society groups and parties remain unfazed. Saturday afternoon, the Assemblea Nacional Catalana (National Catalan Assembly), or ANC — a leading civil society group whose president was arrested on charges of sedition — tweeted, "3:27 p.m., the Catalan Republic is 24 hours old. Congratulations to everyone!" "Disobedience is part of feminism's DNA, and we will disobey 155 just like we've disobeyed so many other unjust laws and decrees throughout history," Núria Alcaraz, a member of the Feminists for Independence collective who led the ANC's Women Voting Yes campaign ahead of the Oct. 1 referendum, told me. Feminism is one of the central pillars around which a new Catalan republic would be built, CUP proponents and many independence-minded feminists say. Practically speaking, feminist governance would mean having more women in office to make sure policy bears women in mind, such as prioritizing the elimination of gender violence and making sure women's work isn't relegated to home and child care.
11-3-17 Miss Peru protest
Organizers of the Miss Peru contest this week used the pageant to condemn the country’s failure to punish violence against women. During the beauty portion of the pageant, when contestants are expected to recite their bust, waist, and hip measurements, every woman instead gave a statistic about crimes against women in Peru. “My name is Melina Machuca,” said one, “I represent the department of Cajamarca, and my measurements are.... More than 80 percent of women in my city suffer from violence.” Women’s activism in Peru spiked following a prominent case last year, when a man who beat up and sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend got a suspended sentence even though he was caught on a hotel security camera dragging her down the hall by her hair.
11-3-17 Virtual Sex Slave
One of R. Kelly’s former girlfriends has accused the singer of turning her into a virtual sex slave in his Chicago recording studio compound. Dallas disc jockey Kitti Jones told Rolling Stone that for two years, R. Kelly beat her, starved her, forced her to have sex with other women, and dictated every element of her life. Jones, who said she was forced to call Kelly “Daddy,” finally fled the compound in 2013. Kelly denies Jones’ allegations.
11-3-17 Robot citizen
Women in Saudi Arabia mocked the government’s decision last week to grant symbolic citizenship to a female robot. The robot, Sophia, was not wearing a burqa or a hijab when she was introduced at a conference in Riyadh to highlight Saudi Arabia’s commitment to developing new technologies. Activists pointed out that Sophia seemed to have more rights than human Saudi women, who must be completely covered in public and get approval from a husband or male relative to work and travel abroad. “I’m wondering if robot Sophia can leave Saudi Arabia without her guardian consent!” tweeted Saudi activist Moudi Aljohani. The kingdom only this year granted women the right to drive.
11-2-17 Kevin Spacey seeks treatment as more stars face harassment claims
Kevin Spacey has said he is seeking treatment after facing allegations of sexual misconduct from a string of men. A representative for the actor said he "is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment". They did not give any information about what kind of treatment he wants. He is one of several Hollywood figures who have been accused of sexual misconduct. Dustin Hoffman has issued an apology while director Brett Ratner has been accused by six women. A lawyer for Ratner, the director of the Rush Hour films and X-Men: The Last Stand, has "categorically" denied all of the accusations. The allegations have been sparked by multiple women speaking out against the Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, and a subsequent campaign encouraging victims to share their stories of sexual harassment under the #metoo hashtag. (Webmaster's comment: Seeking Treatment? He should be arrested, charged, tried, convicted and in prison!)
11-1-17 Brett Ratner: Director denies accusations of sexual harassment
Six women have accused Hollywood filmmaker Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct. The women, including The Newsroom actress Olivia Munn, made the allegations in the Los Angeles Times. Ratner's lawyer "categorically" denied all of the accusations on his behalf in response to the article. Natasha Henstridge, who appeared in Species and The Whole Ten Yards, claimed she had been forced into a sex act with Ratner as a teenager. The actress, now 43, was a 19-year-old model at the time she alleges Ratner stopped her from leaving a room at his New York apartment and then made her perform a sex act on him. "He strong-armed me in a real way," she told the LA Times. "He physically forced himself onto me." Munn said that Ratner masturbated in front of her in 2014 when she was visiting the set of his film After the Sunset. She said she since made the decision not to work with Ratner, and added: "It feels as if I keep going up against the same bully at school who just won't quit." Ratner, 48, who directed the Rush Hour film series and X-Men: The Last Stand, made a strong denial via his lawyer Martin Singer. He told the LA Times: "I have represented Mr Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. "Furthermore, no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client." The BBC has also contacted representatives of Brett Ratner for a response to these allegations. (Webmaster's comment: Maybe we should just list males who have not sexually attacked a woman. The list might be shorter.)
11-1-17 US editor Michael Oreskes 'kissed women' in business meetings
Women working in US media have said a senior editor kissed them without their consent during business meetings. Michael Oreskes, 63, has been placed on indefinite leave by the National Public Radio (NPR) network in response. The incidents allegedly occurred in the late 1990s, when Mr Oreskes worked at the New York Times. He has not commented publicly on the allegations, and journalists at NPR report that they have tried to contact him for comment, without success. Two women spoke to the Washington Post on condition of anonymity, saying they were worried about career development if their names were made public. They reported similar stories, of abrupt and unexpected kisses during business meetings. One of the women said that while she met Mr Oreskes in the hope of getting a job with the New York Times, he suggested that they eat room service lunch in a hotel, before he unexpectedly kissed her and "slipped his tongue into her mouth". She told the paper: "The worst part of my whole encounter with Oreskes wasn't the weird offers of room service lunch or the tongue kiss but the fact that he utterly destroyed my ambition." The second woman said she met Mr Oreskes after he offered to help review her work. She drove him to the airport as he had a flight to catch after their meeting, but he unexpectedly kissed her while saying goodbye. "I was frozen. I was shocked. I thought, 'What just happened?'" she recalled. Later, she said, when she confronted him directly about the incident, he told her he was "overcome with passion". The Washington Post said it had made "multiple requests for comment" to Mr Oreskes, but none had been answered. (Webmaster's comment: Like I said maybe we should just list males who have not sexually attacked a women. The list might be shorter.)
11-1-17 Kevin Spacey: More allegations of sexual harassment surface
New allegations have emerged from a number of men accusing Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct. US filmmaker Tony Montana claims he was groped by the actor in a Los Angeles bar in 2003. Montana says he was left with PTSD for six months after he claims Spacey "forcefully" grabbed his crotch. It follows an allegation made by Anthony Rapp that the House of Cards actor tried to "seduce" him when he was 14 years old. Kevin Spacey says he has no recollection of that encounter, and was "beyond horrified". Film director Montana told Radar Online that he was in his thirties when the incident took place at the Coronet Bar in LA. He says he removed Spacey's hand from his crotch and walked away, but claims the actor later followed him into the men's toilets. Incidents regarding Spacey are also alleged to have taken place in the UK while the two-time Oscar winner was the artistic director at the Old Vic in London between 2004 and 2015. Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos, who acted in several plays at the theatre, claims Spacey "routinely preyed" on young male actors. "It seems the only requirement was to be a male under the age of 30 for Mr Spacey to feel free to touch us," he wrote in a Facebook post. He said he fended off two "unpleasant" advances from Spacey that "bordered on harassment," but that others were afraid to do so.