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for March 2018
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3-28-18 Stormy Daniels seeks Trump testimony on her sex claims
Adult-film star Stormy Daniels has filed a court motion for US President Donald Trump to testify about her claim that they had a relationship. Her lawyer wants sworn testimony from Mr Trump about a "hush" agreement the actress says she signed. The attorney, Michael Avenatti, is also seeking a legal interview with the president's lawyer. Ms Daniels alleges she had unprotected sex with Mr Trump in 2006 a year after he married Melania Trump. He denies it. Mr Avenatti's motion, filed in a court in the Central District of California early on Wednesday, ramps up the legal duel between the porn star and the president. Ms Daniels says she signed an agreement to keep quiet about her claims in exchange for $130,000 (£91,000) of "hush" money in October 2016, days before the presidential election. In the court documents, Mr Avenatti said he wanted to take a deposition from Mr Trump and his lawyer, Michael Cohen, for no more than two hours each. The lawyer said his aim was to establish if the president consented to the agreement, reports the Washington Post newspaper. A deposition is out-of-court testimony by a witness - who commits to tell the truth on possible penalty of perjury - that may be used in a legal case. More than 22 million Americans tuned in on Sunday night to hear Ms Daniels allege she was threatened by a stranger in a car park in 2011 to "leave Trump alone". The exclusive reaped the highest ratings for CBS' 60 Minutes programme in a decade. On Monday, Ms Daniels filed a lawsuit against the president, alleging the non-disclosure agreement was invalid because Mr Trump did not sign it. She has meanwhile reportedly extended her nationwide tour of strip clubs, Making America Horny Again, until November. (Webmaster's comment: This woman has no fear of the bastard we have as a President.)

3-28-18 William Strampel: Michigan supervisor of Larry Nassar charged
A former Michigan State University dean who oversaw USA Gymnastics abuser Larry Nassar has himself been arrested for alleged criminal sexual misconduct. William Strampel is accused of inappropriate sexual conduct and of storing nude photos of students, investigators say. The 70-year-old also allegedly failed to properly oversee Nassar despite complaints about his treatments. Nassar, who abused some 265 girls, was sentenced to up to 300 years in prison. After Nassar was jailed in January this year, Michigan's attorney general launched an investigation into how the disgraced doctor was able to evade detection by college authorities for so long. Special prosecutor Bill Forsyth said a "time sensitive" tip had led them to Mr Strampel. They searched his work computer and found pornographic images, several of which turned out to be of Michigan State University (MSU) students. Also on the machine was a video of Nassar performing a medical "treatment" on a young female patient, according to the affidavit. Mr Strampel's bond was set at $25,000 (£17,600) in court on Tuesday, a day after his arrest, and a trial was set for 3 May. The former military colonel, who served in the US army for 25 years, is accused of misconduct in office, two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge, and willful neglect of duty. Mr Strampel supervised 54-year-old Nassar, who was a faculty member and worked as a physician at a clinic on the college campus, where much of the abuse took place.

3-27-18 Brazilian sports reporters tackle on-air groping
Fifty-two female sports journalists in Brazil have launched a campaign against sexual harassment while they work. They describe men trying to kiss and grope them while they are trying to broadcast live, and say they have been sent abusive messages and even rape threats online.

3-27-18 Stormy Daniels: White House 'strongly' denies Trump's alleged affair
The White House has denied allegations that Donald Trump had an affair with an adult-film actress. Stormy Daniels gave details about the alleged 2006 affair during an interview on CBS News' 60 Minutes programme. "The president doesn't believe that any of the claims that Ms Daniels made last night in her interview were accurate," said spokesman Raj Shah. President Trump's lawyers are seeking $20m (£14m) in damages from her, saying she broke a non-disclosure deal. Ms Daniels, 39, told CBS in an interview aired on Sunday night that she had accepted $130,000 in "hush money" from Mr Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, just before the 2016 election. Ms Daniels is suing the president, alleging that the non-disclosure she signed is invalid because Mr Trump did not sign it. On Monday, she amended her lawsuit to include Mr Cohen as a defendant, claiming he defamed her with a statement he made about the payment. "Just because something isn't true doesn't mean that it can't cause you harm or damage," Mr Cohen said in a mid-February statement. "I will always protect Mr Trump." The amended lawsuit also claims the payment violated campaign-finance laws. She said she originally accepted the "hush money" and signed the deal because she was concerned for the safety of her family. Ms Daniels claimed in the Sunday night interview she was threatened by a stranger in a car park in 2011 to "leave Trump alone".strong>(Webmaster's comment: WHY would anyone pay some one else $130,000 hush money to not make something up. UNLESS it was true!)

3-27-18 Keith Raniere: Nxivm leader charged with sex trafficking
Keith Raniere, the leader of an elusive US self-help group, has been arrested by the FBI in Mexico and charged with sex trafficking. Federal prosecutors allege Mr Raniere oversaw a "slave and master" system in his group called Nxivm, where female members were expected to have sex with him and were branded with his initials. He is expected to appear in court on the charges in Texas on Tuesday. Mr Raniere left the country last year after former members spoke to US media. A number of women came forward for an investigation published in the New York Times newspaper in October, which led to the United States attorney's office in Brooklyn opening an investigation into the group. After the piece, a letter by Mr Raniere denied any such practices were sanctioned by the group and said an independent investigation found "no merit" to the allegations. On its website Nxivm (pronounced nexium) describes itself as a "community guided by humanitarian principles that seek to empower people and answer important questions about what it means to be human." Based in Albany in upstate New York, the group was founded as Executive Success Programs in 1998 and says it has worked with more than 16,000 people. Members of the group are reported to include wealthy heiresses, the son of a former Mexican president and Hollywood actresses. Mr Raniere and his group have been the subject of controversy for several years. Investigative journalist James M. Odato published a number of pieces in the Times Union of Albany Newspaper in 2012 which questioned the group's practices and compared it to a cult.

3-26-18 Porn stars call for respect after spate of deaths
The deaths of five young women in the space of three months has shocked the adult entertainment industry. Now female performers are calling for support and respect. First it was Shyla Stylez, who died while visiting family from unknown reasons in November. Then in December, August Ames killed herself. Shortly after, three other porn actresses - Yurizan Beltran, Olivia Nova and Olivia Lua - died within weeks of each other, either from suspected drug overdoses or unexplained reasons. What had started as a call to action to support female performers struggling with mental health, drug addiction and cyberbullying, now felt to many in the industry like a full-on crisis. Was the industry doing enough to prevent these kinds of deaths? "We need to fight the stigma as a group, because we've all been under attack," says Tori Black, a two-time Female Performer of the Year at the AVN Awards, the Academy Awards of the adult movie business. "What happened to these girls could have happened to any one of us on a weak moment." While there has long been a stigma around porn, actresses say that social media has raised the stakes. Social platforms have given performers new opportunities to control their careers, but also exposes them to trolling and de-humanising comments more often. Black, who returned to acting in porn after taking a seven-year hiatus to focus on her family, says while most of her social media interactions are positive, she still faces negative comments. "I'm a mother and a porn star, and that's very complicated," she says. "I could post the most innocent, fully-clothed everyday picture on Instagram and someone would comment 'Aren't you ashamed? You have children!'," For Black, "haters" and trolls aren't the consequence of increased popularity, but amplified voices of very old prejudices that consider sexuality degrading. Only by gradually changing that culture, says Black, performers can finally earn the respect they deserve.

3-26-18 The Stormy Daniels scandal is not gossip
In sitting down with 60 Minutes, Daniels helped to unmask a horrifying pattern of behavior by the president and his people. It's remarkable, given the above, that Daniels' 60 Minutes interview last night with Anderson Cooper focused on her credibility. The first question really ought to have been "tell us: what is it like to deal with such sloppy liars?" Look, Daniels' story matters for several reasons. Yes, we learned that the president apparently responds well to being spanked with images of his own face — and that afterward, he stopped talking about himself and became (in Clifford's words) "appropriate." There may be a lesson there for how the American polity needs to treat him, with one caveat: Even in this "appropriate" mode, he persists in comparing women in whom he's sexually interested to his daughter Ivanka. This is unambiguously gross and worth condemning. But that's the least important aspect of this case. From a purely legalistic point of view, the reason this story matters (and it does, immensely), is because this will very likely get Trump and Cohen in serious trouble for campaign finance violations. The main reason this matters though — and the reason the prudish nose-pinching around this story really needs to stop — is that Daniels is helping to unmask a horrifying pattern of behavior, a habitual practice of silencing and apparently threatening women through a variety of means. This is not "gossip." It is not a "sex scandal." It is relevant and concerning. To quote Shannon Coulter: Many women including myself are interested in the Stormy Daniels story primarily b/c of the playbook of intimidation/silencing tactics being used against her — many of them very similar to those that other powerful public figures such as Weinstein have used. Information is power.

3-26-18 Stormy Daniels 'told to leave Trump alone' over affair claims
An adult film actress has said she was threatened to keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Donald Trump in 2006. Stormy Daniels told CBS News' 60 Minutes programme that a man approached her in a Las Vegas car park in 2011. The stranger allegedly said "leave Trump alone", then looked at her young daughter and added: "It'd be a shame if something happened to her mom." Mr Trump denies having had an affair with the actress. His lawyers are seeking $20m (£14m) in damages from her, saying she broke a non-disclosure deal signed before the 2016 presidential election. She has filed a lawsuit to scrap the agreement, saying it is invalid because Mr Trump did not sign it. Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said she had sex with Mr Trump just once, in a hotel room during a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, California, in July 2006. Mr Trump married Melania Trump in 2005. Ms Daniels claims she and Mr Trump stayed in contact for years afterwards, and last spoke in 2010. While Mr Trump flew back to the capital from his Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida on Sunday night, Mrs Trump did not.


3-24-18 Naomi Wadler - the girl inspiring America?
Naomi Wadler is only 11 - but her strong voice at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, DC, is still reverberating across the US. The fifth grader from Alexandria, Virginia, said she represented African-American girls ignored by the media and suffering from gun violence. Last week, she co-led her elementary school's walk-out, joining a national movement seeking stricter gun controls in the wake of 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month. Naomi told the Guardian newspaper her school's walkout was longer - it was also honouring 17-year-old Courtlin Arrington who died in a school shooting in Alabama on 7 March. The elementary school's principal was not initially "completely supportive" of Naomi and her friend Carter Anderson's efforts, but was won round after observing their determination. "I urge everyone here and everyone who hears my voice to join me in telling the stories that aren't told - to honour the girls, the women of colour who were murdered at disproportionate rates in this nation."

3-23-18 Spanish police break up Nigerian sex trafficking gang
Spanish police have rescued 39 women and girls smuggled in from Nigeria and trafficked into sex work by a notorious Nigerian gang. Europol says the victims were kept in "squalid conditions in caves" and intimidated with voodoo threats. Gang members forced the women into sex work in order to pay off a 30,000 euro ($37,000; £26,000) debt. Eighty-nine people, including a famous but as yet unnamed Nigerian DJ, have been arrested. The DJ is said to have helped move victims to Spain and organise sexual exploitation across the country. He was caught flying back into Spain after recording a music video. Investigations began when an underage victim filed a complaint with the police, saying she had been pressured into trafficking by voodoo threats made in Nigeria. Along with other victims, the girl was transferred from Nigeria to Spain via Libya and Italy. The operation, which was carried out with police from the UK and Nigeria, is one of the biggest trafficking busts in Europe, says Europol.

3-22-18 The community of 2,000 people with 151 cases of sex crime
Norwegian police have documented 151 cases of sexual abuse, including child rape, in one small community of 2,000 people, north of the Arctic circle. The offences occurred over decades - between the 1950s and 2017 - but were only recently uncovered. How could such serious sex crimes go unchecked for so long? Nina Iversen says she has always been someone who talks - and has often talked about what happened to her when she was growing up in Tysfjord. "I always spoke about it. From when I was 14 years old, I thought: 'I'll write a book about this abuse - I'm going to stop it.' But of course, I wasn't able to." When she was a teenager, young people confided in each other about the sexual abuse they had experienced, but adults would not listen. "We were called whores and liars. There were many of us who were treated like that. And we were spat on if we tried to talk about it," she remembers. Iversen's abusers were her relatives, so as a child she lived family life in a perpetual state of terror. Now 49, she no longer lives in Tysfjord, but says she still doesn't feel safe. A remote community dominated by a 900m-deep fjord, Tysfjord is split in two - one part, Drag, lies on the western shore, and the other, Kjopsvik, on the eastern. A car ferry ploughs its way back and forth between the two. About half of those living here are from the indigenous Sami community - some of Scandinavia's earliest inhabitants, who live in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. But Sami people accounted for about two-thirds of the 83 victims and 92 perpetrators identified in the police report on sexual abuse, and discrimination and racism had an impact on how the story played out. By 2005, Nina Iversen was a mother. Worried about her children, and the threat to them of sexual abuse, she was in touch with child welfare services. Again she spoke about her own experiences. She told her doctor. "I told everyone," she says. "But to be listened to, you had to have the right background. Someone like me, who comes from a poor family, just got ignored." Iversen was not the only one trying to get the authorities' attention. In 2007, desperate Sami parents of a child who had been sexually abused wrote a letter to the prime minister asking for help. The letter gained traction in the media - people expected action. At that time, Anna Kuoljok, a deacon in the Norwegian Church, and her husband Ingar, a lawyer - both of them Sami - were in touch with 20 families whose children had been sexually exploited. The couple spoke up at public meetings attended by local politicians, health workers, the police and other authorities. "They thought it couldn't be true there were so many cases - that's what they said to us," remembers Anna. "They thought we were lying."

3-22-18 Jailed for murder, Spain domestic violence victim fights for pardon
Gloria Chochi is serving six years in prison in Spain for killing her abusive former partner. She is now pinning her hopes of being reunited with her son on a rare pardon from the prime minister. This is her story. Their troubled relationship had ended but as Williams Richards kept coming back, each time with more threats, Chochi decided to put a metal barrier on the front window of her street-level flat. She was so frightened that, months earlier, she had obtained a restraining order from a judge to keep Richards away. But it did not stop him. "Today I'm going to kill you," she heard Richards shout outside her window on the morning of 20 September 2015. Still fresh in her memory was when he beat her so badly she was forced to stay in bed for more than two weeks with severe back pain. Now here he was, trying to dismantle the protection she had just installed. She alerted the community leader, who lived in the same building in the city of Fuenlabrada, near Madrid, and called the police. When they arrived, Richards was no longer there. The officers advised Chochi to make a formal complaint, which she ignored, and left. An hour later Richards was back again. This time Chochi grabbed a 17cm-long (6.6in) kitchen knife, opened the door and stabbed him on the left side of his chest, causing injuries to his lung, oesophagus and bronchus, and a fractured rib. There was no fight: Richards died almost instantly. Chochi was arrested on the spot. Chochi, originally from Equatorial Guinea, met Richards, from Nigeria, in 2012. Their "highly-combative" relationship, as she described it in court, was made worse by the drinking problems they both had. He was aggressive and intimidating and, when drunk, would attack her if she refused to have sex with him.

3-21-18 Stormy Daniels and Trump: Polygraph backs affair claim
A polygraph test taken by adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2011 has concluded she was "truthful" in saying she had an affair with Donald Trump. The lie test, obtained by CBS News, said she had unprotected sex with Mr Trump in 2006. Mr Trump married Melania Trump in 2005 and "vehemently denies" the affair. The president's lawyers are seeking $20 million (£14m) from the actress, saying she broke a non-disclosure deal, which she claims is invalid. She first made claims of a sexual relationship with Mr Trump in a 2011 interview with InTouch magazine, and the lie test was taken for Life & Style magazine but never before released. Polygraph tests are inadmissible in court as evidence in many US states. Another woman who claims to have had an affair with Mr Trump has sued to break a legal agreement keeping her silent. Former Playboy model Karen McDougal claims the affair went on in 2006, the New York Times newspaper reports. The newspaper also reported that a former cast member of the Apprentice, Mr Trump's reality television series, has won a lawsuit to come forward with her own story about unwanted sexual advances. "No one is above the law," Justice Jennifer Schecter reportedly wrote, rejecting the president's argument that a state court has no jurisdiction over the US president. (Webmaster's comment: I'd love to see Trump take a polygraph test. He lies everytime he opens his mouth!)

3-20-18 Teaching boys that 'real men' would stop rape
Isaac, a 15-year-old boy, watched as a group of men grabbed a young girl. It was a bustling new year's eve in Kibera, Kenya's largest slum, and he knew she was in trouble. He also knew he didn't have the strength to fight off those older, larger men. Having been taught to intervene if he sees predatory behaviour, Isaac called over another man to help confront the group. "Everyone started arguing," explains Isaac. "The group said the girl was their 'catch' and they had to rape her." After 20 minutes, they decided to let her go. "The stories you hear are shocking," says Anthony Njangiru, a field co-ordinator for the Kenyan non-profit Ujamaa, which trains boys like Isaac to help stop violence against women and girls in the slums of the capital, Nairobi. "Not everyone is so lucky," he says. Mr Njangiru teaches a programme called Your Moment of Truth to boys, aged 14 to 18, in secondary school. He is one of many instructors, and the classes cover everything from sex education, to challenging rape myths, consent, and how to intervene if the boys witness an assault taking place. For younger boys, aged 10 to 13, a programme called Sources of Strength focuses primarily on body changes. The course takes place over weekly two-hour lessons, for six weeks, and each class is divided into two, with girls taught their own set of skills. Since the organisation first began, Ujamaa has taught 250,000 children in over 300 schools across Nairobi. When it comes to the boys, it's ultimately about changing their perceptions and attitudes towards girls. "If we, as boys and men, are part of the problem, then we can be part of the solution," says Mr Njangiru. "We can be the first people to change."


3-19-18 Sex doll 'brothel': Paris council to decide on future of Xdolls games centre
Paris councillors are due to decide on the future of a business where clients are charged €89 ($109; £78) to spend an hour with a silicon sex doll, local media report. Communist councillors and feminist groups have been calling for the closure of Xdolls. Currently, Xdolls is registered as a games centre, but opponents argue it is effectively a brothel. Owning or operating a brothel is illegal in France. Xdolls is located in an anonymous-looking flat in the French capital and opened last month. Clients are mainly men, though some couples also visit, owner Joachim Lousquy, who formerly managed e-cigarette shops, told Le Parisien newspaper. Xdolls has three rooms, each containing a silicone sex doll measuring about 1m45 (4ft 7in) and worth several thousand euros. Customers make their booking and payment online, and the exact address is kept secret. Not even the neighbours are aware of the nature of the business, Mr Lousquy says. Lorraine Questiaux, lawyer and spokesperson for a Paris feminist association, says "that in France, every year, there are 86,000 women raped".

3-18-18 Speaking up about rape in conservative Kazakhstan
In the conservative Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan, many women are afraid to speak up about rape and sexual harassment. But a local campaign - one which predates the MeToo and Time's Up movements - has been urging women not to stay silent. Saina Raisova almost breaks down when she recalls the day she was raped by two men last year. The 26-year-old jumped out of a third floor window in order to escape from her attackers, breaking her pelvis and a heel. She survived her fall, but says that following her rape, "the first thing I thought of was to commit suicide. I thought I wouldn't be able to live with this." Saina lives in constant pain now due to her injuries. But it's been no less harrowing for her to achieve justice. Speaking up about sexual assault is considered extremely shameful by many in Kazakhstan, and Saina tells the BBC she faced severe pressure to stay silent about her rape. "I had to fight not only with law enforcement agencies, but also with myself and with my relatives. Because they were shocked. They didn't understand. "'Why do you need to make this public,' they said. 'Leave it with Allah. He will punish.' (Webmaster's comment: No he will not! He lets them run free to rape again!) "My parents wanted to hide this completely, it was a great stigma for them." Last year, after seeing that the criminal case she brought was progressing slowly, and fearing that the rapists could go unpunished, Saina decided to go public and talk about her case. In January, the court sentenced one of her rapists to 10 years. Another man, alleged to be the second rapist, is still on the run. "Many people blame victims, not the criminals. They tell me you shouldn't have gone, you shouldn't have agreed [to meet], you got what you wanted," she says. Saina is one of many women to join the "don't be silent" movement - a group that helps victims of sexual violence get their voices heard. Since being set up in 2016 the movement has helped 19 women take their cases to court and within one year of the launch, the #???????KZ hashtag (which translates to "don't be silent") has been used nearly 100,000 times online.

3-17-18 Oscars Academy chief John Bailey 'faces harassment allegations'
The head of the organisation behind the Oscars is facing several allegations of sexual harassment, Hollywood trade publications report. The Hollywood Reporter and Variety cite unnamed sources as saying three claims have been made against John Bailey. Mr Bailey, a cinematographer, has led the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since last year. The body approved a new code of conduct in December after a wave of harassment allegations shook the industry. Mr Bailey, 75, has not yet commented on the reports. They first emerged in Variety magazine, which said the academy had received three harassment complaints against Mr Bailey on Wednesday and had immediately opened a review. The academy has confirmed that a review is under way but did not say who was involved. "The Membership Committee reviews all complaints brought against Academy members according to our Standards of Conduct process, and after completing reviews, reports to the Board of Governors," it said in a brief statement. Mr Bailey's work includes the films American Gigolo, The Big Chill and Groundhog Day. He was awarded the American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. Two weeks ago he told the annual luncheon for Oscar nominees that what he called the "fossilised bedrock" of Hollywood's worst abuses was being "jack-hammered into oblivion".

3-16-18 Banksy protest artwork unveiled in New York
Provocative artist Banksy has revealed a 20m high artwork in New York to draw attention to the imprisonment of Zehra Dogan, a Kurdish painter from Turkey. His image of her behind bars depicts the last bar as a pencil, and next to the mural is a call for her release. Dogan was jailed for two years and nine months last year in Turkey, for her painting of the Kurdish town Nusaybin. Her picture, copied from a newspaper photograph, showed the town reduced to rubble during conflict. The photograph was taken by government forces in the area where they had fought Kurdish militants. It features Turkish flags draped over destroyed buildings. Dogan posted her watercolour painting to social media and was subsequently arrested and sentenced. Banksy's mural, highlighting her first year in custody, has been painted on the historic Bowery Wall made famous by artist Keith Haring during the 80s.

3-16-18 Brazil: Big rallies held after Rio politician is shot dead
Tens of thousands of people in Rio de Janeiro and other cities across Brazil have taken to the streets to mourn a murdered politician who had campaigned against police brutality. Marielle Franco, a 38-year-old Rio city councillor, was viewed by many as a champion of women's rights. Ms Franco and her driver were both shot dead while in her car on Wednesday. Brazilian President Michel Temer called her murder an attack on democracy and the rule of law. "I'm here at the request of President Temer," he said at a press conference. "I would like to tell the friends of relatives of Marielle that we will find those responsible and punish them for this barbaric crime," Mr Jungmann added. "Justice will be done." Ms Franco was returning from an event encouraging black women's empowerment in central Rio when a car drew alongside hers and nine shots rang out. She and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, were both killed, and her press officer, who was sitting in the back seat of the car, was injured. Police officials said it appeared Ms Franco had been deliberately targeted. She was shot four times in the head, and three bullets hit Mr Gomes. Ms Franco was elected to the city council in 2016 and presided over the women's commission. She was a councillor for the left-wing Socialism and Liberty Party. Last month, she was chosen to be the speaker of the commission overseeing the deployment of federal security forces into Rio's favelas.

3-15-18 Mark Cuban has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman
Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Portland nightclub in 2011. The unnamed woman told police she was taking a photo with the billionaire businessman at the Barrel Room when Cuban—who she said appeared very drunk—“thrust his hand down the back of [her] jeans” and touched her inappropriately, according to the local publication Willamette Week. When a detective told Cuban of the accusations, a police transcript says, he re­sponded, “F--- me! I’m so f---ed.” Cuban, 59, denied the allegations then and now and reportedly passed a polygraph test at the time; Portland prosecutors declined to pursue the case, citing insufficient evidence. A nightclub employee has since come forward to claim that Cuban was asked to leave the venue on the night of the incident for being “gropey.” The NBA has opened its own review. The allegation comes a week after Sports Illustrated published reports of a “culture rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior” in the Mavericks’ front office.

3-15-18 Daniels: A sex scandal’s serious implications
The Stormy Daniels story has become “a precarious new legal front” for an embattled White House, said Jim Rutenberg in The New York Times. The adult-film actress—real name Stephanie Clifford—last week sued to break a 2016 agreement silencing her about an alleged affair with President Trump in 2006, so that she can share any text messages, photos, videos, and “paternity information” related to their agreement. Trump Organization lawyer Michael Cohen preposterously claims to have paid Daniels $130,000 of his own funds days before the election without telling Trump. Daniels has already recorded a potentially explosive interview for CBS’s 60 Minutes, scheduled to be broadcast Sunday, that Trump’s lawyers may ask a court to block from airing. This story is not merely about “the tawdry details of infidelity,” said Matthew Yglesias in Vox.com. It’s about potential campaign law violations, cover-ups, and the real possibility that Daniels was not the only person blackmailing the president over his many secrets. “It’s time for Washington to stop tittering in embarrassment and recognize that there is a serious scandal here.”

3-14-18 Uganda's Makerere University: 'My lecturer tried to rape me'
When she made it into one of Africa's most prestigious universities, the future looked bright for Monica. But an attempted rape by a member of staff has left that future lying in pieces. As Monica recalls her story, her voice starts to crack. She describes how the assailant tricked her into going to his home. After swapping courses at Makerere University in Uganda's capital Kampala, Monica - not her real name - was determined to catch up with her new subject. "A lecturer told me that he would help me with class work. I called him and requested an appointment on Monday before class. He insisted I meet him on Sunday," she recalls. The prospect of private tuition more than made up for the disruption to her weekend. But at the appointed time, he was not at the agreed location. "I walked there, only for him to say I was late and he had left, and that I should meet him somewhere else. When he eventually arrived, he asked me to follow him," she says. "That is how he tricked me into going to his place of residence." Telling her story means reliving the spine-chilling experience. She takes a moment to wipe tears from her reddening eyes, as she recalls what happened next. "I expected that we would get down to my class work. Instead, he attempted to rape me." She does not want to give details of the attack, but describes how she fought back - putting into practice some long-forgotten Girl Guide training. "I had been trained that if a man attempts to rape you, you have to calm down, be submissive, then raise your leg and kick them where it hurts hardest. And that is what I did," she says, sighing deeply, as if she has only just emerged from the nightmarish encounter. She also managed to snap pictures of him in his room, aware that the evidence could be vital.


3-13-18 Bertrand Cantat: Killer rock star pulls out of French festivals
A French rock star who was jailed for murdering his former girlfriend has pulled out of a string of festival appearances after facing a backlash. Bertrand Cantat was sentenced to eight years for beating actress Marie Trintignant to death, but was released after just four and returned to music. A petition signed by almost 75,000 people called for his removal from a Normandy festival performance in May. It comes after recent protests against male violence in the country. Cantat is the former lead singer of band Noir Désir, one of the country's most successful rock bands. He was jailed for beating his girlfriend Marie Trintignant, a well-known French actress, to death in a hotel room in Lithuania in 2003. The murder sent shockwaves through France at the time, but he was released in 2007. Cantat later returned to music with a new album in 2013. The controversy around him has steadily increased in recent months following his launch of a solo career. Tens of thousands signed a petition asking Normandy's Papillons de Nuit festival to remove him from their line-up. "By inviting Bertrand Cantat, you trivialise domestic violence and violence against women," the petition read. "I have served my sentence. I did not benefit from any privileges. I wish today, just like any citizen, for the right to reinsertion. The right to exercise my profession," he wrote. (Webmaster's comment: Only an 8-year sentence for beating a woman to death (murdering a person) and then getting out in 4 years. Outrageous!!!)

3-12-18 Metropolitan Opera fires James Levine after sex abuse claims
New York's Metropolitan Opera has fired eminent conductor James Levine, after an internal inquiry found "credible evidence" to support claims he sexually abused young male musicians. Mr Levine, who denies the allegations, was suspended in December when they were made public. The conductor, now 74, was music director at the Met for 40 years. He retired for health reasons in 2016, but had continued to work with the opera as music director emeritus. "The investigation uncovered credible evidence that Mr Levine had engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct both before and during the period when he worked at the Met," the opera house said in a statement. It said there was also evidence that the conductor abused and harassed "vulnerable artists in the early stages of their careers". The Met said more than 70 people were interviewed during its investigation. Four men have accused Mr Levine of sexually abusing them decades ago. Some say they were teenagers at the time. An Illinois police report, seen by the New York Times, said one of the alleged victims claimed that the abuse began in 1985 when he was 15 and Mr Levine was 41, and continued until 1993.

3-10-18 Top US figure skating coach suspended over alleged sexual misconduct
A renowned figure skating coach who has mentored Olympic and world champions has been suspended by US Figure Skating, the organisation said. Richard Callaghan, 72, is barred from any figure skating activities pending a fresh investigation into decades-old allegations of sexual misconduct. When several male skaters levelled their accusations in the 1990s, the veteran coach "vehemently denied" them. A watchdog to prevent sexual abuse of athletes will investigate the case. "US Figure Skating suspended the membership of Richard Callaghan on March 6, 2018, in compliance with the policies and procedures of the US Center for SafeSport," the sport's governing board said in a statement on Friday. Mr Callaghan told ABC News he had not been officially notified of the suspension. He also declined to speak about the allegations. SafeSport, established last year, examines complaints of sexual abuse and other mistreatment of athletes. Craig Maurizi, 56, first made his allegations against Mr Callaghan public in a 1999 New York Times article. He is reported to have recently complained to SafeSport but has declined to confirm this. Now an Olympic coach himself, Mr Maurizi alleged that the coach engaged in sexually inappropriate behaviour with him when he was 15. Mr Maurizi also accused Mr Callaghan of abusing his position of authority to begin a full sexual relationship with him starting when he was 18 years old and continuing for a few years. US Figure Skating acknowledged it looked into Mr Maurizi's accusations in 1999 but took no action as the alleged wrongdoing dated back to a decade earlier.

3-8-18 Full disclosure
Full disclosure, after porn star Stormy Daniels sued President Trump to nullify a $130,000 “hush agreement” about their past sexual relationship, saying he failed to sign it. The suit makes ominous mention of “certain still images” Trump allegedly sent her.

3-8-18 Stormy Daniels: Trump lawyer obtains restraining order
US President Donald Trump obtained a restraining order against an adult film actress to prevent her from speaking publicly about their alleged affair, legal documents show. Mr Trump's personal lawyer obtained the order against Stormy Daniels in private arbitration proceedings last month. It bars her from sharing "confidential information" about their alleged relationship, US media report. Mr Trump says allegations against him are all false. (Webmaster's comment: Then why silence her? Doesn't she have the right of free speech?) White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Wednesday that the president had won arbitration proceedings against the actress, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. "This case has already been won in arbitration and anything beyond that, I would refer you to the president's outside counsel," she said. But the attorney representing Ms Clifford told CBS News that he was "dumbfounded" by the White House's comment. "For the White House spokesperson to stand up and claim that Trump won the case in arbitration is ludicrous," Michael Avenatti said. "How do you win something when the other side is not even invited?" he said.

3-8-18 Iran jails woman for removing headscarf in public
An Iranian woman who publicly removed her veil to protest against a mandatory hijab law has been sentenced to two years in prison, prosecutors say. The woman, who has not been officially named, was found guilty of "encouraging moral corruption", Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi said. He added that 21 months of the woman's sentence had been suspended and that she was in need of medical treatment. It follows dozens of similar arrests of Iranian women in recent weeks. Most of those detained for defying the country's strict law on appearing in public in a headscarf have been released without charge. The woman sentenced in the capital, Tehran, on Wednesday was jailed for three months without parole. She is "in need of long-term medical treatment and has to be seen by a psychiatrist", Mr Jafari-Dolatabadi said. He criticised the suspension of the majority of her sentence and argued that she should serve the full term of her penalty. In December, an Iranian woman who was detained after defiantly taking off her headscarf and holding it on a stick in Tehran became the face of protests in the country. Images of her standing on a telecoms box in a busy street in the city were widely shared on social media. The woman was later freed. The photograph of the woman was first widely used in connection to the White Wednesday campaign in which women in Iran wear white to protest against the country's strict dress code. Since the Iranian revolution in 1979, women have been forced to cover their hair according to Islamic law on modesty.


3-7-18 Belgium sexism law: Man who insulted officer first to be convicted
A man who insulted a female police officer because of her gender has become the first person to be convicted of sexism in a public space in Belgium. The man, who has not been named, was stopped in June 2016 for violating the highway code and told the officer that her job did not suit women. A court in Brussels fined him €3,000 (£2,690; $3,725). He can still appeal. The law was introduced in 2014 after an outcry over a documentary showing the abuse women faced on the streets. It condemns any act or statement meant to "express contempt", that considers a person inferior due to their gender or reduces someone to a sexual dimension. The court sentenced the man, who was reportedly not in court, over sexism, insults and threats. He can be jailed for a month if he fails to pay the fine in time, Le Soir newspaper reports (in French). "This is the first time we have used this law to prosecute someone," said Gilles Blondeau, a spokesman for the public prosecutor's office. "It happens frequently that people arrested by the police insult or threaten them. But to personally blame a policewoman because of her sex is something particular." (Webmaster's comment: In Europe they are protecting women from insults by male brutes. In America we're lucky if we can get the male brutes convicted of rape.)

3-7-18 Stormy Daniels sues Trump over 'hush agreement'
An adult film actress embroiled in allegations of an affair with Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit against him alleging that a non-disclosure contract she signed is invalid. Stormy Daniels says the agreement, drawn up before the 2016 election, is "void" because he did not sign it. Mr Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, confirmed last month he had privately paid her $130,000 (£95,000). The lawsuit alleges that Mr Cohen tried to "intimidate her into silence." In a 2011 interview with InTouch magazine, the actress said she began a sexual relationship with Mr Trump in 2006, shortly after his wife Melania had given birth to his son Barron. The reports re-emerged in January when the Wall Street Journal reported that she was paid to sign a non-disclosure agreement in the run up to the 2016 election, which prevented her from discussing the alleged liaison. Mr Cohen has said the president "vehemently denies" any romantic involvement with the adult film star. The civil lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday, says that only days before the election, Ms Clifford and Mr Cohen signed the "hush agreement" but Mr Trump did not, "thus rendering it legally null and void and of no consequence". It adds: "To be clear, the attempts to intimidate Ms Clifford into silence and 'shut her up' in order to 'protect Mr Trump' continue unabated." (Webmaster's comment: Trump's wife Melania must be so proud of her husband! So must his daughter Ivanka.)

3-2-18 First male gymnast accuses Larry Nassar of sexual abuse
An 18-year-old university athlete has become the first male gymnast to say in a lawsuit that he was abused by convicted pedophile Larry Nassar. Jacob Moore alleged as part of a joint civil lawsuit that Nassar touched his genitals under the guise of treating his shoulder injury with acupuncture. The court filing came on the same day an Olympic gold medalist sued the US Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics. Aly Raisman said her abuse "could have been prevented" by team officials. Her lawsuit, filed in California, claims that both organisations "put their quest for money and medals above" her safety. More than 260 women and girls have now accused the disgraced ex-doctor of sexual abuse. "Both USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic Committee have been very quick to capitalise and celebrate my success," she testified during a January sentencing hearing for Nassar. "But did they reach out to me when I came forward? No," said Ms Raisman, who won gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. During those victim-impact statements, which lasted for more than a week, Mr Moore's sister described the abuse that both she and her brother suffered. "My whole family was fooled by you," said his sister, Kamerin, who is a former US National Team gymnast. "You put acupuncture needles right next to his genitals," she told him. Mr Moores' lawsuit alleges that Nassar brought him to his basement and treated his shoulder injury with "acupuncture in his pubic area and in and around his genitalia". It also states that Nassar "pulled down Moore's pants, exposing his genitalia" to an underage female gymnast who was also present.

3-1-18 Governor indicted
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens faced the specter of impeachment this week, after he was charged with felony invasion of privacy for allegedly taking nude photos of his ex-lover without her consent. Missouri’s GOP-controlled House of Representatives formed a special committee after the indictment to investigate the Republican governor, the first step toward possible impeachment. The governor, once considered a rising star in GOP politics, has admitted to having an affair with his former hairdresser but denies taking nude photos of her without her permission. Greitens allegedly blindfolded and restrained the woman during a sexual encounter in his basement, then threatened to release nude photos of her if she ever told anyone about their relationship. “This stuff is going to get worse before it gets better,” said State Rep. Nate Walker, a Republican and former Greitens supporter who has called for his resignation. “And it’s going to get really, really, really bad.”

3-1-18 Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest’s former personal stylist has accused the American Idol host of a years-long campaign of sexual ­­aggression—­claiming that the TV star groped her, pushed her head into his crotch, and once slapped her buttocks so hard she had a visible welt. In a letter to the cable channel E! in November, Suzie Hardy described several occasions when Seacrest allegedly subjected her to inappropriate ­behavior—­including “grinding his erect penis against her while clad only in his underwear,” reported Variety. Hardy, who began working with Seacrest in 2006, reported him to HR in 2013, she said, which led to her employment with E! ending. E! said that it conducted “an extremely comprehensive and thorough” investigation and found “insufficient evidence to support the claims.” Seacrest denies any wrongdoing.

3-1-18 Brendan Fraser
Brendan Fraser has offered his own contribution to the #MeToo movement, accusing former Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Philip Berk of groping him in 2003. In an interview with GQ about his decade-long absence from Hollywood, the Mummy star said he was attending an HFPA luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel when Berk allegedly grabbed his “ass cheek” and fondled him. “I felt ill,” said Fraser, 49. “I thought I was going to cry.” Fraser said he was too scared to speak out for fear of ruining his career. But he “became depressed” and ended up retreating from public life. He demanded an apology from Berk—who sent one, though he denied any wrongdoing, saying he had merely pinched the actor’s behind as a joke. The HFPA is investigating Fraser’s allegations.

3-1-18 France grandfather admits 40 rapes and sex assaults
A French grandfather has admitted raping and sexually assaulting around 40 women in France and Belgium since the 1980s, officials say. The married 57-year-old, who has not been officially named, was arrested after police linked his car to the rape of a young woman last week in Belgium. His DNA matched samples found after 19 other attacks. The case has shocked the northern town of Pont-sur-Sambre, where the mayor described him as a "well-liked" man. The father-of-three worked as a janitor and was previously the head of the local football club, French media reported, identifying him as Dino Scala. The suspect - nicknamed "the rapist of Sambre" after the local river - is thought to be one of the country's most prolific serial rapists in recent decades. He usually attacked the women from behind, early in the morning, wore gloves and covered his face, prosecutor Jean-Philippe Vicentini said. The man told police he had "acted on urges he was unable to control", Mr Vicentini added. The investigation into a string of attacks going back to 1988 was opened in 1996. One of the victims was 13 years old and several others were 17, a police source told AFP news agency.

3-1-18 US Olympic chief resigns in wake of Nassar abuse scandal
The head of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has resigned, citing health reasons. Chief Executive Scott Blackmun recently revealed he was battling prostate cancer, but has faced extensive criticism in the wake of an abuse scandal involving US gymnastics. His departure was announced at the same time as initiatives to tackle abuse. Former Olympic doctor Larry Nassar was jailed last month on hundreds of counts of abuse spanning decades. Two US senators called for Mr Blackmun's resignation earlier this month after a report in the Wall Street Journal newspaper suggested he had been told about allegations against Nassar in July 2015. The organisation responded by saying they would not part ways with Mr Blackmun until an independent investigation was complete. But on Wednesday they announced his departure had been agreed. He had held the position since 2010. "We have mutually agreed it is in the best interest of both Scott and the USOC that we identify new leadership so that we can immediately address the urgent initiatives ahead of us," USOC Chairman Larry Probst said in a statement published on Wednesday. A statement said the initiatives announced alongside his departure were "designed to protect athletes from abuse and respond quickly and effectively when issues surface". They include further funding for counselling of Nassar's victims, the creation of an advisory group and further internal reviews.


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