6-28-19 Trump accused of committing rape in 1990s
President Trump this week denied raping an advice columnist for Elle magazine in the dressing room of a Manhattan department store two decades ago, disparaging his accuser as “not my type”—a line he’s used against other accusers. (Webmaster's comment: This implies if they were his type he would have raped them?) In a New York magazine excerpt from her forthcoming memoir, E. Jean Carroll wrote that a chance encounter with Trump at Bergdorf Goodman in late 1995 or early 1996 turned violent after he asked her to try on lingerie he was considering buying for a friend. “The moment the dressing-room door is closed, he lunges at me, pushes me against the wall, hitting my head quite badly,” Carroll wrote. She said Trump unzipped his pants and forced “his fingers around my private area” then in a three-minute struggle raped her before she fought him off and ran from the store. Trump is the last of 21 “hideous men” Carroll writes about in her book, What Do We Need Men For? At least 16 women have now accused Trump of sexual misconduct—many after a 2005 tape emerged in October 2016 in which he discusses groping women. Trump has in all those cases denied any inappropriate behavior. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said of Carroll’s accusation, “The president has denied it” and “that’s the end of it for me unless she shows something new.” Carroll said she did not tell police after the alleged assault but told “two close friends.” Both have confirmed her account. She said she did not come forward earlier because she feared being threatened and “dragged through the mud.”
6-28-19 India arrests after women's heads shaved for resisting rape
Two people have been arrested in India's Bihar state after a group of men shaved the heads of two women as "punishment" for resisting rape. The group, which included a local official, ambushed the mother and daughter in their home with the intent of raping them, police said. When the women resisted, they assaulted them, shaved their heads and paraded them through the village. Police say they are searching for five others involved in the incident. "We were beaten with sticks very badly. I have injuries all over my body and my daughter also has some injuries," the mother told the ANI news agency. The women also said that their heads were shaved in front of the entire village. The attempted rape is a sexual crime, but the subsequent assault, tonsuring the women's heads and parading them through the village is an assertion of male power in a community, deeply entrenched in patriarchy. What is most worrisome is that the assaulting mob was led by a government official - an elected representative whose job is to look after the welfare of his people, not attack them. The audacity of the crime shows how in parts of India there's no fear of law. To begin with, poor marginalised groups find it hard to even convince the police to lodge complaints. Then their cases are shoddily investigated and an overburdened slow-paced judicial system mean the powerful often get away with blue murder. Public anger and outrage, that occurs every time a crime of this nature occurs, is short lived. What is needed is much more consistent action from the authorities, bringing swift justice to the victims of such crimes and restoring the rule of law in remote rural areas of the country. "Some men entered the victims' home and tried to molest the daughter," a police officer told local media, adding that her mother helped her fight off the men.
6-26-19 Beauty queen 'raped by Gambia's ex-President Jammeh'
A 23-year-old former beauty queen in The Gambia, Fatou "Toufah" Jallow, has said she was raped by ex-President Yahya Jammeh when he was in office. Her testimony is part of a Human Rights Watch and Trial International report that details another alleged rape and sexual assault by Mr Jammeh. The BBC tried to contact Mr Jammeh, who now lives in exile in Equatorial Guinea, about the allegations. A spokesman for his APRC party denied the accusations made against Mr Jammeh. "We as a party and The Gambian people are tired of the steady stream of unfounded allegations that have been reported against our ex-president," said Ousman Rambo Jatta, in a written statement to the BBC. "The ex-president has no time to react to lies and smear campaigns. He is a very respectable God fearing and pious leader who has nothing but respect for our Gambian women," the deputy APRC leader said. Ms Jallow told the BBC she wanted to meet Mr Jammeh, 54, in court so he could face justice. "I've really tried to hide the story and erase it and make sure it's not part of me." "Realistically I couldn't so I decided to speak now because it is time to tell the story and to make sure that Yayha Jammeh hears what he has done." She said she also wanted to testify before The Gambia's Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), which has been set up by President Adama Barrow, who won elections in December 2016. The TTRC is investigating human rights violations alleged to have been committed during Mr Jammeh's 22-year rule, including reports of extrajudicial killings, torture and arbitrary detention. He was forced from office in January 2017 after regional powers sent in troops when he refused to give up power.
6-25-19 Gangnam: The scandal rocking the playground of K-pop
Earlier this year, the meticulously managed world of K-pop was rocked by scandal. Seungri, a singer in one of the world's most famous boy bands, Big Bang, was questioned by police over allegations he was procuring prostitutes for his business and had embezzled funds at Burning Sun, a nightclub he part-owned in the exclusive Gangnam district of Seoul, South Korea. Several of his celebrity K-pop friends were also caught sharing sex videos and bragging in a chat room about raping women. One by one, Korean heartthrobs more used to being mobbed by fans found themselves fending off reporters as they made their way to the police station to face questions from drug-taking to rape. But in recent months an even more shocking picture has emerged of Gangnam, where South Korea's high society live, work and play. The BBC has heard allegations that in its glitzy nightclubs, women have been drugged to order by powerful men and raped, and that underage girls are being sexually exploited for profit. The BBC has sought the voices of those caught up in Seoul's sex scandal. We have heard from club-goers and club employees as well as victims, including underage girls who say they were recruited to have sex with paying customers. They all say the abuse of women in the clubs is pervasive and often violent. We have been told that elite clients, known as VIPs - and the richest VVIPs - were prepared to pay tens of thousands of dollars to have women who were enjoying a night out drugged and taken to a nearby hotel room, the abuse routinely captured on camera. As one club-goer put it to us: "These men are hunters and they pay to get in the game. So you need prey. It's foolish to think you won't get shot in this place." We were shown a harrowing video which allegedly depicts a sexual assault. The still image in front of me gives me an idea of the horror which will follow. A woman is lying naked on a red sofa with three men staring down at her. I press play, and the men approach her. One laughs as he lifts up a limb and it falls. Her body is limp and she does not respond. The two minute video is too upsetting to describe in detail. She appears to be sexually assaulted by all three men. Repeatedly.
6-25-19 Trump says sexual assault accuser E Jean Carroll 'not my type'
US President Donald Trump has again denied allegations he sexually assaulted a columnist in the 1990s, saying "she's not my type". Mr Trump said E. Jean Carroll was "totally lying" about the alleged attack in a New York department store. "I'll say it with great respect: Number one, she's not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?" Mr Trump told The Hill. Ms Carroll, 75, made the allegations in the New York magazine last Friday. In follow-up interviews with CNN and MSNBC, the Elle columnist said she would consider pressing charges against Mr Trump. Ms Carroll is the 16th woman to accuse Mr Trump of sexual misconduct. Mr Trump has denied all allegations against him. She says the attack allegedly happened at a Bergdorf Goodman store in Manhattan in late 1995 or early 1996, when the pair bumped into each other while shopping. The former Apprentice star and real estate magnate allegedly asked her for advice when buying lingerie for another woman and jokingly asked her to model it for him. In the changing rooms, she said Mr Trump lunged at her, pinned her against a wall and forced himself on her. Ms Carroll, whose "Ask E. Jean" advice column has appeared in Elle magazine since 1993, claims she managed to push him off after a "colossal struggle". At this point it's hard to keep track of the total number of women who have come forward to accuse Donald Trump of sexual improprieties ranging from unwanted touching to assault. The response from the president, however, is easy to remember because it's almost always the same: The women are lying. He doesn't recall ever meeting them. They're in it for the money and attention. Or, as in this case, they're not his "type". As the allegations mount, these defences become more difficult to make - complicated further by the Access Hollywood recording of Mr Trump boasting about kissing and groping women without their consent.
6-24-19 Florida woman jailed for handing husband's guns to cops
The arrest of a Florida woman who turned in her estranged husband's guns to police after he was held on domestic violence charges has provoked uproar. A Florida state congresswoman has asked prosecutors to drop the case against Courtney Irby, who was jailed for six days on theft charges. Democratic lawmaker Anna Eskamani said charging Mrs Irby, 32, would set "a scary precedent" for victims of abuse. Prosecutors say they have not yet decided whether to pursue the case. On Monday, Ms Eskamani shared the letter she sent to State Attorney Brian Haas on Twitter, saying: "Ms Irby was seeking help from the Lakeland Police Department and taking action to protect herself and her children. "We should be outraged by her arrest and I am requesting that your office not prosecute her." On 14 June, following a divorce court meeting, Mr Irby was arrested for domestic aggravated battery after he allegedly ran his wife's vehicle off the road and hit her car with his own, the Lakeland Ledger reported. Mrs Irby told officers she feared for her life during the incident and had requested restraining orders on Mr Irby in the past. She was subsequently granted another temporary restraining order. The next day, Mrs Irby went to her husband's apartment, gathered up the firearms and brought them to the Lakeland Police Department. When asked by an officer if she entered the apartment without her husband's permission, she said she had. The officer asked her to confirm that she had "committed an armed burglary". "Yes, but he wasn't going to turn them in so I am doing it," she replied, according to the officer. When police told Mr Irby his wife had turned in his guns, he asked to press charges. Her lawyer has said her actions were not theft as she turned the guns in to law enforcement and did not take them for herself. A judge released Mr Irby on 15 June on $10,000 (£7,850) bail with the order not to use, possess or carry any weapons or ammunition. As Ms Eskamani pointed out in her letter that federal law may ban those with domestic violence convictions or restraining orders from possessing guns. (Webmaster's comment: Our male dominated justice system is designed to always protect the man, and blame the woman! Note that it is the woman victim that is being prosecuted, not the male aggressor.)
6-22-19 Trump dismisses E. Jean Carroll rape allegation as 'fiction'
US President Donald Trump has dismissed allegations that he raped a woman in a department store dressing room in the mid-1990s as "fiction". The US president says he never met E. Jean Carroll and accuses her of making up the allegation to sell a new book. Ms Carroll says she did not report the alleged attack at the time after being advised by a friend she had no chance of winning in court. Her story was published in New York magazine on Friday. More than a dozen women have previously made sexual misconduct allegations against Mr Trump, which he has denied. In the article, she describes meeting Mr Trump in late 1995 or early 1996, in Bergdorf Goodman. She says she recognised him as the "real estate tycoon" and that he told her he was buying a present for "a girl". She says Mr Trump knew she was a TV agony aunt and the two joked around, encouraging each other to try on some lingerie. She alleges that they then went to a dressing room, where she accuses him of raping her. Both Mr Trump and Ms Carroll were aged around 50 at the time, and he was married to Marla Maples. Ms Carroll says she told two friends about the alleged incident, one of whom advised her to go to the police. But she says the other advised her against telling anyone saying: "Forget it! He has 200 lawyers. He'll bury you." The accusation is one of six alleged attacks by "awful men" that Ms Carroll details in her article. Another alleged incident involves Les Moonves, the former CEO of CBS. He resigned in 2018 after allegations of sexual misconduct. Mr Moonves' representative told New York magazine he "emphatically denies" the incident. Ms Carroll ends the article by saying Mr Trump was her "last hideous man" and she has not had sex since then.
6-21-19 Cuba Gooding Jr
Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. was arrested last week on charges of groping a woman at a Manhattan nightclub. Gooding, 51, pleaded not guilty to one count of forcible touching and was released following six hours in custody. Surveillance video from the club appears to show Gooding putting his hand on a woman’s leg and breast as they sit on a couch. The alleged victim, 30, called 911 later that night. The actor’s attorney said Gooding was “outgoing” and “jovial,” adding, “He’s frisky, but he’s not inappropriate.”
6-21-19 Shanahan steps down
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan resigned this week and withdrew from contention for a permanent Cabinet spot, after an FBI background check revealed a history of family violence. In 2010, Shanahan’s then-wife, Kimberley, was arrested when police found him with a bloody nose and black eye after an argument; she denies having attacked her husband and claims he punched her in the stomach. They divorced, and a year later, an argument led their then-17-year-old son, William, to brutally beat his mother, hitting her in the head with a baseball bat. Her fractured skull and internal injuries required surgery. Shanahan, a former Boeing executive, initially rushed to his son’s defense, writing that he acted in “self-defense,” which he says he now regrets. “Bad things can happen to good families,” says Shanahan, 56, “and this is a tragedy.” President Trump named Army Secretary Mark Esper to replace Shanahan.
6-21-19 Spain women: Top court rules Wolf Pack gang were rapists
Spain's Supreme Court has ruled that an attack on a teenage woman that shocked Spain was gang rape, rather than an earlier verdict of sexual abuse. The five men, known as the "wolf pack", were originally given nine years in jail when they were cleared of rape. But prosecutors appealed to the Supreme Court to upgrade the conviction and judges increased their sentences to 15 years. The attack prompted Spain to announce a review of its rape laws. All five had been on provisional release since last year pending the Supreme Court decision. Prosecutors had asked for their jail terms to be doubled to 18 years. Reports say that at least two of the men were detained after the verdict and arrest warrants have been issued for the rest. The court ruled decisively that the five had carried out the attack in "a genuinely intimidating scenario". Under current Spanish rape law use of intimidation is key to a rape conviction. In July 2016, when the city of Pamplona was holding its traditional San Fermin bull-running festival, the 18-year-old woman was dragged into the hallway of a residential building. The five men removed her clothes and had unprotected sex with her. Some of them filmed it on their phones. The woman's phone was also stolen and she was found reportedly in a distraught state. They sent the video around their WhatsApp chat group, called "La manada" (the wolf pack), and the video has since become central to the question of whether they raped the woman or sexually abused her. A police report said she had kept her eyes closed at all times, showing a "passive or neutral" expression throughout. In April 2018, a court in Navarra jailed the men for nine years each for sexual abuse but acquitted them of the graver charge of sexual assault, the equivalent of rape under existing Spanish law.
6-20-19 Nxivm: Sex cult leader Raniere found guilty in New York
Keith Raniere, a self-help guru accused of leading a sex cult that enslaved women, has been found guilty of all charges against him. Raniere, 58, was convicted by a jury after a six-week trial in Brooklyn, New York. He allegedly oversaw a "slave and master" system in his group, called Nxivm. He was convicted of all counts against him, including racketeering, sex trafficking and child pornography. Mr Raniere, who pleaded not guilty to all charges, could face life in prison. During the trial, the court heard how female recruits in the group were branded with his initials and coerced into having sex with Raniere. Raniere maintained that Nxivm (pronounced nexium) was a self-improvement organisation, but investigators said it was a sex-trafficking operation disguised as a mentoring group. Recruits were told it was an all-female group and were asked to hand over compromising materials that were later used to blackmail them, prosecutors said. Raniere was arrested by the FBI in Mexico last year. His defence team said the alleged sexual relationships were consensual. When the verdict was read outside court, former members of Nxivm gave the prosecution team a round of applause. According to Nxivm's tagline, Raniere and his organisation were "working to build a better world". But witnesses called to testify at his trial painted a starkly different picture of the man. Raniere, the court heard, ran a secret society within Nxivm called DOS. As the "grandmaster" of DOS, he was a "predator" who exploited and blackmailed women, including a 15-year-old girl, prosecutors alleged. Raniere forced his "slaves" to give him nude photos of themselves and other compromising materials, telling them they would be made public if they disobeyed him, the court heard.
6-20-19 Keith Raniere Nxivm trial: Why it's so hard to stop a cult
Sex cult leader Keith Raniere, has been convicted in New York of charges including racketeering and sex trafficking. For 20 years, Raniere was the leader of Nxivm (pronounced nexium), which claimed to be a self-help group and to have thousands of followers. But during his trial, former members gave an insight into the reality of how the group was run. They described being forced to break off previous relationships and of suffering physical and sexual abuse. Some were forced to have abortions. A "slave and master" system saw women forced to hand over "collateral" - often humiliating photographs - to show their commitment. The revelations have shocked many people and made headlines around the world. But, in reality, Nxivm reveals a great deal about how cults work. Cults are structured like the layers of an onion, with the most acceptable elements closest to the outside, followed by increasing layers of secrecy and abuse as recruits move closer to the centre. In the case of Nxivm, the outer layers saw seemingly harmless self-improvement programmes used to recruit members' friends, family and colleagues. But at its core, Raniere exerted extreme levels of control, allegedly culminating in sexual abuse, violence and the branding of his initials on female followers. The authorities were alerted to Nxivm's activities as far back as 2003, according to Forbes. But the New York Times reported early attempts to follow up complaints were rebuffed by officials, who said the women were acting consensually, or that technicalities prevented legal action. This illustrates a key problem in prosecuting the leaders of cults: members often say they are acting under their own free will. Even if current or former members want to press charges, many feel too afraid because of possible repercussions, or the stigma attached to having been a member.
6-19-19 'My father, the rapist': Hidden victims of Rwanda's genocide
A 24-year-old Rwandan whose mother was raped in the genocide tells the BBC how he came to learn of the circumstances of his birth. Their names have been changed because of the shame surrounding rape, which still exists to this day. Jean-Pierre says it was a form asking for his parents' names at the end of primary school which first made him question who exactly his father was. "I did not know him - I did not know his name," he says. He had heard the village whispers, and the names people would call him - but it would take years for him to finally learn the whole truth. The story, his mother Carine says firmly, "is not something to take at one time". "He had heard different information. He heard gossip. Everyone in the community knows I was raped. There was nothing I could do about it," she explains. "My son kept asking who his father was. But among 100 men or more who raped me, I could not tell the father." Exactly how many children were born as a result of rape during the 100-day massacre in 1994 is not known. Efforts are being made by the UN to end to conflict-related sexual violence - rape was used as a weapon of war from Syria to Colombia and from Democratic Republic of Congo to Myanmar last year. Survivors are sharing stories on social media using the hashtag #EndRapeinWar to mark the UN's day to eliminate sexual violence in war. But it is not easy for those involved to recall the events - even a quarter of a century later. Hearing Carine's story, it is clear why she waited until her son was old enough to hear the truth. She was about the same age as him the first time she was raped, one of hundreds of thousands mainly Tutsi women and girls believed to have been sexually assaulted by Hutu neighbours, militia and soldiers. The genocide had just begun, and she was still bleeding from two machete wounds on either side of her face - wounds which still make it hard to eat and speak today. Her assailants - people who had once been part of the same community - had dragged her to the edge of a pit where they were dumping the bodies of the men, women and children they had just systematically murdered in a school. But despite her wounds, despite the pain, Carine knew she did not want to die. She also knew she did not want to die when a group of soldiers sexually assaulted her with small trees and sticks just hours later, causing unimaginable damage. It was only when another group attacked her, biting her all over her body, she decided she no longer wanted to live. "Now I wanted to die soon. I wanted to die so many times." But her ordeal had only just begun: the hospital which tried to save her life was quickly overrun by Hutu militia. "I couldn't run away. I couldn't go because everything was broken," she says. "Whoever wanted to have sex with me could. If the perpetrators wanted to urinate, they could come and do it on me."
6-14-19 Cuba Gooding Jr charged over nightclub 'grope'
Actor Cuba Gooding Jr has been charged with forcible touching after allegedly groping a woman in a Manhattan bar. The 51-year-old star of Boyz N The Hood and Jerry Maguire turned himself in to New York police on Thursday and was later taken to court in handcuffs. He is accused of grabbing a woman's breast during a night out last weekend. His lawyer told reporters he had "not acted inappropriately in any shape or form" and that a video existed that would see him "totally exonerated". "He did absolutely nothing wrong," said Mark J Heller. "I frankly am shocked and horrified that this case is being prosecuted." Footage obtained by celebrity website TMZ of the night in question shows Gooding Jr with girlfriend Claudine De Niro and a woman identified as his accuser. The actor seems to touch the woman's leg and hold her hand in scenes the website says are "open to interpretation". Gooding Jr pleaded not guilty to forcible touching and sexual abuse in the third degree on Thursday and was released without bail. The Oscar-winning actor, who recently appeared in TV series The People vs OJ Simpson and in a West End production of Chicago, is due back in court on 26 June.
6-11-19 The Nightingale: Film director defends controversial rape scenes
Australian director Jennifer Kent has defended her new film The Nightingale following criticism about its graphic scenes of rape and murder. The film tells the story of a convict woman seeking revenge amid colonial violence in 19th Century Tasmania. Its depictions of rape prompted some viewers to walk out of screenings in Sydney on Monday, local media reported. Kent said the filmmakers had received "more than a few" positive messages from survivors of sexual violence. "Whilst The Nightingale contains historically accurate depictions of colonial violence and racism towards our indigenous people, the film is not 'about' violence," she said in a statement on Monday. "It's about the need for love, compassion and kindness in dark times." The film, starring Aisling Franciosi, has won accolades including last year's special jury prize at the Venice Film Festival. But it has drawn controversy after screenings at the Sydney Film Festival on Sunday and Monday, ahead of a nationwide release. The Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) reported that several people had walked out during the film, with one saying loudly: "I'm not watching this. She's already been raped twice." However, others who said they had seen the film defended it as exploring important subjects. Kent said she and Franciosi had been personally contacted by sexual violence victims who were "grateful for the film's honesty and who have drawn comfort from its themes". "I do not believe this would be happening if the film was at all gratuitous or exploitative," she said. The writer-director said she had also collaborated with Aboriginal elders in Australia to present an "honest and necessary depiction their history".
6-9-19 Boxing teaches Kenyan girls to defend themselves
In one of Nairobi's toughest neighbourhoods, a boxing academy is helping girls and young women learn how to defend themselves. Box Girls uses self-defence training to help women and girls feel safer and to stand up for themselves and those around them. (Webmaster's comment: Also teach them to kick him hard in the nuts, that always works.)
6-7-19 Kellen Winslow II
Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II told a judge this week he planned not to testify in his ongoing trial on charges of raping three women, including a hitchhiker and a homeless woman, and exposing himself to two women, ages 59 and 78. Winslow, 35, the son of a Hall of Fame player by the same name, played in the NFL from 2004 to 2013. He pleaded not guilty to 12 counts. “I’m not going to testify, your honor,” Winslow said during a hearing. Defense attorney Brian Watkins told jurors Winslow had been unfaithful to his wife, but claimed all the encounters were consensual. “It’s wrong, it’s immoral,” Watkins said, “but it’s not illegal.”
6-7-19 R Kelly pleads not guilty to new sexual assault charges
R Kelly's lawyer says: "We pled not guilty to all of the charges because he's not guilty." He was talking to reporters in Chicago after the singer denied 11 new charges of sexual assault and abuse. They relate to claims he abused a victim between the age of 13-16 and, if found guilty, the Grammy-winner could face up to 30 years in prison. The accusations focus on someone identified only as J. P. Prosecutors have said the alleged offences took place between May 2009 and January 2010. His lawyer, Steve Greenberg, has claimed the latest charges don't relate to a new accuser. R Kelly has faced allegations for decades, in 2008 he went on trial for child pornography charges and was found not guilty. In February, he pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually assaulted three teenage girls and a fourth woman. The case was brought after seven women, including his ex-wife, appeared in a documentary called Surviving R Kelly and accused him of emotional and sexual abuse. The R&B star is awaiting full trial in Chicago.
6-6-19 Neymar rape accuser appears in Brazil TV interview
A woman has appeared on Brazilian TV to go public with accusations that she was raped by star footballer Neymar. Najila Trindade, who filed a rape allegation last Friday, told SBT Brasil the incident in a Paris hotel on 15 May was "an assault together with rape". Neymar has denied the accusations, posting a WhatsApp message exchange to try to prove his innocence. He appeared briefly to play for Brazil on Wednesday in a game he said was the most difficult of his career. Neymar was injured after 20 minutes of the match against Qatar in Brasilia and will miss the upcoming 2019 Copa America tournament in Brazil with a ruptured ankle ligament. Ms Trindade says she was attracted to the Paris St-Germain and Brazil forward and wanted to have sex with him. She said she was flown to Paris and put up in a hotel at Neymar's expense. Ms Trindade said she was an "ordinary person - a model and a student of interior design" and a "daughter and mother". The interviewer asked Ms Trindade whether what happened was an assault or rape, and Ms Trindade replied that it was "an assault together with rape". She said that when she met Neymar, he was "aggressive, totally different than the boy that I got to know through the messages". Ms Trindade said she was initially prepared for consensual sex but demanded the use of a condom. She alleged that Neymar refused, became aggressive again and raped her. She said she told him to stop but he refused.
6-6-19 Madonna says Weinstein 'crossed boundaries'
Madonna is the latest star to accuse disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of making unwanted sexual advances. Hollywood was rocked last year by allegations of sexual assault made against Weinstein, which he denies. The singer said Weinstein "crossed lines and boundaries", when they worked on her 1991 documentary, Truth or Dare. She told The New York Times he was "incredibly sexually flirtatious and forward with me when we were working together. "He was married at the time, and I certainly wasn't interested," she added. Truth or Dare was distributed by the film mogul's Weinstein Company, which filed for bankruptcy last year, having fired him as chairman in 2017. Madonna told the newspaper: "I was aware that he did the same with a lot of other women that I knew in the business. "We were all 'Harvey gets to do that because he's got so much power and he's so successful and his movies do so well and everybody wants to work with him, so you have to put up with it'." Last month Weinstein and his former studio's board members reached a tentative deal with a women who accused him of sexual misconduct, according to US reports. Lawyers said the settlement to resolve civil lawsuits and compensate alleged victims was worth about $44m (£34.7m). However, he is still facing criminal charges relating to other counts of sexual abuse, including rape, as well as civil cases - including one brought by the actress Ashley Judd.
6-5-19 Miley Cyrus: 'I won't be grabbed without consent'
Miley Cyrus has responded angrily online after apparently being grabbed by a stranger in Barcelona. The singer, writing on Twitter, said: "She CAN'T be grabbed without her consent." A video posted online appears to show a fan grabbing the singer by the neck before trying to kiss her. Miley's reaction seems to have been a direct response to some social media users who suggested her lyrics or what she wears made her a deserving target. (Webmaster's comment: That's what guys do. Always blame the woman for her abuse by men!) The Wrecking Ball singer and her husband Liam Hemsworth were being escorted to a waiting car by a security team when it happened. A video of the incident appears to have been captured by Spanish Twitter user @AlvaroSaucedo13. On Twitter Miley wrote: "She can be wearing what she wants. She can be a virgin. She can be sleeping with five different people. "She can be with her husband. She can be with her girlfriend. She can be naked. She CAN'T be grabbed without her consent." Miley reiterated the message on her Instagram stories, writing "#StillNotAskingForIt" over screenshots of comments from fans, including one which said: "You wanted to be 'sexy,' what did you expect?" The former Disney star, who last month appeared at Radio 1's Big Weekend, is due to perform at Glastonbury Festival later this month. She will also make a return to acting in an upcoming episode of Black Mirror which she's described as "outrageously out there and dark". "This is the story of females in the music industry," she told Radio 1 Newsbeat. "I understand everyone's gone through this but I do think for females in the industry… it's hard to be taken seriously. "People assume that if you're not wearing a body suit and singing pop music, why would anyone want to see you?"
6-2-19 Footballer Neymar denies rape accusation
Brazilian football star Neymar has denied an accusation that he raped a woman in Paris. According to a police report filed in São Paulo, the woman alleges that the attack took place in a hotel in the French capital, where Neymar plays for Paris St-Germain (PSG). Neymar sought to prove his innocence by posting what he says is an exchange of Whatsapp messages between the pair. He is now in Brazil training with the national team for the Copa América. According to police documents, the woman - who has not been named - got to know Neymar on Instagram and he suggested they meet in Paris. He provided her with an air ticket from Brazil to France and a reservation at a luxury hotel in Paris. When Neymar came to the hotel on 15 May, he was "apparently drunk", the woman alleges. After conversation and embraces, "at some point, Neymar became aggressive, and through violence, engaged in sexual intercourse against the will of the victim", the police document states. The woman returned to Brazil two days later, without reporting the alleged incident to French police, because she was "emotionally shaken and afraid to register the facts in another country", the document continues. In a statement released after the accusations became public, the footballer's management condemned "the unjust accusations and, above all, the exposure in the press of an extremely negative situation". The statement said Neymar had been the "victim of an attempted extortion" and "evidence of attempted extortion and non-rape will be submitted to the police authorities". Neymar directly addressed the allegations in a seven-minute video on his Instagram page. The unmarried footballer posted the video alongside the caption (in Portuguese): "Due to extortion, I'm being forced to expose my life and my family."
6-1-19 Deaths of indigenous women 'a Canadian genocide', leaked report says
A national public inquiry into possibly thousands of missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada has called the deaths a "Canadian genocide". The report was leaked to Canada's national broadcaster CBC which published details on Friday. The 1,200-page document reportedly blames the disproportionate violence faced by indigenous women on deep-rooted colonialism and state inaction. The report is due to be formally released at a ceremony on Monday. The findings of the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls are long-awaited in Canada, where there are about 1.6m indigenous people. "It took 40 years to get to this present moment and only because indigenous women have been on the ground making noise about this," Robyn Bourgeois, a campaigner on the issue, told the BBC. The inquiry concluded that about 1,200 aboriginal women had been murdered or gone missing in Canada since 1980, but some activists say the number is likely to have been far higher. The 2014 murder of an indigenous teenager, Tina Fontaine, galvanised national support for the better protection for indigenous women and girls. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the inquiry and reconciliation with indigenous communities a top priority of his liberal government. National broadcaster CBC obtained an advance copy of the report. It contained 230 recommendations to tackle violence faced by indigenous communities, CBC said without giving details. On Friday the inquiry said it would not discuss the recommendations ahead of official publication on Monday. The report acknowledged disagreements over what constituted genocide, but concluded: "The national inquiry's findings support characterizing these acts, including violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA [two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual] people, as genocide." (Webmaster's comment: Violence against women is everywhere.)
6-1-19 Canadian national inquiry: Giving a voice to missing and murdered women
After over two years of work, Canada's inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women has concluded and the report reached the public domain. We spoke to two of the women who fought for years to bring global attention to the violence. It has been almost 50 years since Helen Betty Osborne - a Cree woman who dreamed of becoming a teacher - was abducted and brutally murdered near The Pas, Manitoba, a town deeply divided along racial lines, its white and indigenous residents once described as "world's apart". In many ways, the death of the 19-year-old was indicative of cases to come - an indigenous teenager forced to leave her remote community, targeted by four men simply because of her race, and a family's long wait for justice. Fifteen years ago, Amnesty International called the assault and murder of the shy young woman "an unheeded warning". The violence faced by indigenous women and girls is now in the spotlight as a national inquiry into missing and murdered women drew to a close after more than two years of hearings and testimony. "It took 40 years to get to this present moment and only because indigenous women have been on the ground making noise about this," said Robyn Bourgeois, an academic and activist who researches female indigenous activism in Canada. "Without them we wouldn't be here," she said. The campaigners include family members victims who have campaigned tirelessly for their lost loved ones, and grassroots organisers and activists like Beverley Jacobs and Terri Brown, who also lost family members. For Jacobs, the murder of her 21-year-old cousin Tashina General in 2008 was a turning point in her work. For Brown, whose 41-year-old sister, Ada Elaine, died in 2001, the loss continues to haunt the family, who say she was murdered and that her case was mishandled. Jacobs, a Mohawk lawyer, was the lead researcher of the Amnesty report into discrimination and violence against indigenous women, and spent months travelling across the country meeting the families of women who had disappeared or been killed.