‘Rudely trampling on international trade rules’: Chinese media beat drum against US

Commentaries in the People's Daily, China's top newspaper, likened the United States to a bull in a China shop running roughshod over the rules of global trade.
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Why we’re susceptible to fake news, how to defend against it

Thought processes and belief systems that people develop early in life to help protect against the anxiety and stress of an uncertain world may help explain why some individuals fall victim to what has come to be known as fake news, but psychologists can offer some strategies to defend against it.
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US sanctions against Iran could make maintaining the world’s oil supply ‘very challenging,’ IEA says

A U.S. plan to impose targeted crude sanctions against Iran could significantly impact global supply and exhaust the world's spare oil capacity cushion, according to the latest monthly report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).
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Mother of woman killed in Charlottesville protest warns against white nationalists

After Charlottesville, Heather Heyer’s mother isn’t “dwelling in hate or anger.”
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Los Angeles prosecutors review sex assault cases against actors Seagal, Anderson

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office said on Thursday that it was reviewing new sexual assault cases involving three celebrities: film producer Harvey Weinstein, action movie star Steven Seagal, and actor Anthony Anderson, the star of the television comedy series “Black-ish.”


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The Family of Antwon Rose Files Lawsuit Against East Pittsburgh Police and Mayor

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The family of Antwon Rose filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against the East Pittsburgh police department, the police chief, and the mayor of the city. According to the news reports, the family holds them responsible for not properly training their officers. Rose was killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer during a traffic stop […]

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No charges to be filed against officers in fatal Minneapolis police shooting

No charges will be filed in the shooting death of Thurman Blevins last month.
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4 Things to Know About Sexual Assault Allegations Against CBS’ Leslie Moonves

A New Yorker report on allegations of sexual assault, harassment, and retaliation against CBS CEO Leslie “Les” Moonves was so anticipated that it sent the media company’s stock down almost 10% hours before the story’s publication on Friday afternoon. CBS also said it would investigate the allegations before the story appeared.

And then it did. The New Yorker‘s Ronan Farrow provided accounts from several women, both identified by name and presented anonymously or with partial identification, who accused Moonves of unwanted physical contact that ranged from forcibly holding them down, putting a hand up a skirt, or thrusting his tongue down their throat.

In a statement to the New Yorker, Moonves said acknowledged making advances in some cases “decades ago,” but said he understood “‘no’ means ‘no’” and never retaliated. CBS said the company has never received any claims of misconduct against the CEO during his 24 years at the company, and has paid out no settlements. Still, earlier Friday, CBS released a statement that its independent directors were committed to investigating claims of personal misconduct. Multiple past and present CBS executives are mentioned in the article.

Five key takeaways from the lengthy New Yorker story:

1.) Moonves is alleged to have arranged solo meetings at which he made advances or assaults, a pattern similar to that reported of Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein. Writer and actress Illeana Douglas, writer Janet Jones, producer Christine Peters, and an actress who appeared on a CBS show as a police officer and declined to be identified further said Moonves made unwanted contact or advances during such meetings. Dinah Kirgo, a writer, said she turned down a private dinner with Moonves. (CBS told Farrow that Moonves acknowledged trying to kiss Douglas, but denied any more aggressive behavior, and that he didn’t touch or make inappropriate contact with the police-officer actress or Peters. CBS said he didn’t recall interacting with Jones or Kirgo.)

2.) Following Moonves’ alleged assault, Douglas had her role cut from a show in production and an exclusive appearance deal canceled with 80% of the payment not made. Douglas’s attorney negotiated for part of the payment and a contact to appear in a new miniseries. CBS denied the payment or new contract were settlements. Other women in the New Yorker article described retaliation after their alleged negative interactions with Moonves, including the loss of career opportunities and the spread of rumors that they were difficult to deal with.

3.) Farrow described an environment at CBS that allowed a culture of sexual misconduct and harassment to fester, citing numerous incidents, including those recited in a lawsuit in 2027 by a longtime CBS employee, Erin Gee, who said she was demoted after a boss told her “to have sex with a coworker with whom she was having difficulties in order to ‘break the ice.’” (Her attorney declined to comment and CBS said the matter was settled.)

4.) A Washington Post article early this year providing extensive reporting on the allegations about Charlie Rose’s purported sexual misconduct omitted mention of Jeff Faber, the executive producer of 60 Minutes, about whom Farrow details a number of anecdotes about his unwanted physical contact with employees and how he allegedly protected and promoted other men accused of a variety of behavior. Fager allegedly pressured the Post. The Post declined to comment on the specifics, stating: “Nothing that met our longstanding standards for publication was left out.” (Post contributing writer Irin Carmon, one of the two authors of the story, said while accepting an award at an event in June and at which Fager was in the audience: “The system is still powerful men getting stories killed that I believe will someday see the light of day.” She added on Twitter: “There will be more to say, and I will when I can.”)

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U.S. broadcasting and media company CBS
Corp said it was investigating claims of personal
misconduct by its chief executive Leslie Moonves made in a New
Yorker magazine article that was published on Friday.


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Brain activity cautions against buying stocks

Despite long-term profit expectations, many people shy away from investing their money in supposedly riskier forms of investment. Why? Scientists have now developed a model that makes real-life stock buying behavior comprehensible for the first time. The researchers combined socioeconomic, psychological and neuroscientific data in an innovative way.
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Feminists Aren’t Done Fighting Back Against Rape in the World’s Most Dangerous Country for Women

The Thomson Reuters Foundation this year declared that India was the most dangerous country for women in the world—and though government agents in the region are pushing back on the decision, women’s rights activists are pushing on in their fight to end an epidemic of sexual assault that continues to draw international headlines.

Attendees at the first regional training of the “Voices against Violence” in Pune, India. Urjasi Rudra for UN Women / Creative Commons)

The Indian National Commission for Women Chairperson, Rekha Sharma, rejected the survey results, claiming the sample size was too small and cannot be the representative of the whole country. But feminists in India said sensitizing lawmakers to the issue, breaking the silence and building collective consciousness are the keys to combat violence and discrimination against women—and they’re not backing down for the sake of national pride.

ElsaMarie D’Silva, one of the 548 people surveyed for the Reuters’ study, is the founder and CEO of Red Dot Foundation (Safecity), an organization that crowdmaps sexual harassment in public spaces. “Whilst we can debate the ranking, the sample size and the methodology,” said told Ms., “we have to wonder if these cases of sexual violence are acceptable or not and if it puts the rest of us at risk.” D’Silva recommended ensuring justice ecosystem where women suffering from sexual harassment and assault don’t face judgement, but instead find supportive and efficient legal processes at their disposal. She also emphasized encouraging bystander intervention and teaching sex-ed in schools and colleges in order to create social norms for non-violent communication, understanding consent and respecting boundaries.

Indian poet, fiction writer and womanist Kavya Sharma wasn’t shocked by the survey results. To her, they showcase the strength of a backlash to growing activism around ending violence in the country. “With it being the most unsafe country in this regard, it’s honestly no shocker,” she told Ms. “While after the heart-wrenching Nirbhaya case people were on streets fighting for their most basic rights, things only got worse. It’s so traumatizing to realize that most of the sexual harassment and rape cases are not even reported. On the ground level, I feel the police needs to be sensitized on the issue, many people shun these incidents away with the fear of being ‘judged’ by the society. Women, instead of fighting, are taught to just ignore the red signals, it’s a shame but sadly it’s the reality too.”

Award-winning author and feminist activist, Meghna Pant, has a simpler call to action: “Stop the silence so that you can stop the violence,” she told Ms. 

“It is difficult to start a constructive and proactive dialogue on sexual violence because our country makes it nearly impossible for women to speak out,” she observed. “A woman who does speak out is subject to harassment, criticism and, sometimes even, disbelief. She leaves herself open to public scrutiny: she is called names, she is judged for the clothes she wears, the job she does and the boyfriend she has. Her family is also drawn into this fracas. No wonder then that there’s always been this cloak of silence surrounding sexual molestation.”

Regardless of ranking, it’s clear that a culture shift is in order for the men and women of India—and feminists on the ground will not stop speaking out until they are heard and believed.

Kohinur Khyum Tithila is a journalist based in Bangladesh. She is a Fulbright scholar and received her second master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper, & Online Journalism from Syracuse University, first master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from Dhaka University, and bachelor’s degree in English from East West University. Kohinur writes about LGBTQ and women’s issues, feminism, crime, secularism, social justice and human rights. She is also addicted to anything caffeinated.

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Fifty countries report the rate of new infections is on the rise.
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Breaking News: Surfrider Announces Lawsuit Filing Against the IBWC

San Diego, Calif., July 17, 2018 – The Surfrider Foundation announced that today it will file a citizen suit against the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC). The lawsuit is based on the USIBWC’s failure to comply with water quality standards, in addition to critical monitoring and reporting requirements in violation of the Clean Water Act.

The Surfrider Foundation, which has been an active stakeholder on the border sewage issue for over a decade, sent the USIBWC a 60-day Notice of Intent to Sue (NOI) on May 15, 2018. The USIBWC did not respond to the NOI or Surfrider’s position that the USIBWC’smismanagement and inaction on trans-boundary contamination has resulted in beach closures, the reported human illnesses of residents and Border Patrol agents, negative implications for local businesses and the contamination of the Pacific Ocean.

“The Surfrider Foundation has followed the established procedure for making public and officialits complaints that USIBWC is in violation of the federal laws governing local water quality standards, including giving them an opportunity to respond and offer ways to mitigate theproblem,” said Daniel Foster, partner with the international law firm representing the Surfrider Foundation, McDermott Will & Emery. “Because of USIBWC’s continued inaction on this issueand the resulting impact on local communities, Surfrider has decided to take further action on

behalf of its members and supporters in Southern California.”

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decades. In February 2017, failures of the Mexican sewage infrastructure caused an estimated 143 -240 million gallons of raw sewage to travel through the Tijuana River Valley and onto local beaches. This event affected hundreds of Imperial Beach and Coronado residents who have been forced to live with contamination affecting their homes, neighborhoods, favorite beaches and open spaces. To date, no long-term solutions have been proposed to remedy the sewage problem on the U.S. side of the border. There also haven’t been any attempts to remediate the area that was affected in February 2017.

When Imperial Beach resident and co-founder of the South Bay Clean Water Movement, Shannon Johnson, was asked about the lawsuit, she stated that The Surfrider Foundation has consistently played an active role on the border sewage issue, most recently opposing the construction of a campground in the Tijuana River Valley until the sewage issue is addressed and the area cleaned.

The USIBWC is a federal government agency with the mission of providing solutions regarding sanitation and water quality in the border region. The USIBWC has failed to achieve their mandate and has continually allowed flows of untreated raw sewage, chemical pollutants or plastic pollution to enter the Tijuana River Valley. The community has waited for solutions to this increasingly dangerous problem and the Surfrider Foundation is now suing to compel the USIBWC to act.

 

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Rep. Jim Jordan again denies claims he ignored sexual abuse reports, pushes back against accuser

Asked about why the wrestlers would come forward with allegations that are untrue, Jordan said the the timing of the news reports was also suspicious.
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Experts think Trump’s Supreme Court nominee could rule against gays and lesbians in employment cases

While most Americans believe it’s already against the law for companies to discriminate against employees based on their sexual orientation, there’s no federal law that expressly prohibits it. 
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Millionaire Democratic megadonor Alan Patricof goes on the offensive against President Donald Trump

In an interview with CNBC, Alan Patricof declares he's furious with President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.  That’s why he’s doing everything within his legal means to overthrow Republican rule in the House of Representatives, he says.
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Canada announces billions in retaliatory tariffs against US

TORONTO — Canada announced billions of dollars in retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. on Friday in a tit-for-tat response to the Trump administration’s duties on Canadian steel and aluminum. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government released the final list of items that will be targeted beginning July 1. Some items will be subject to taxes of…
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‘Lowlife’ Stephen Colbert, ‘lost soul’ Jimmy Fallon and ‘civil’ Conan O’Brien join together against President Trump

Only the President could unite the networks.

A day after President Trump attacked three late-night hosts at a campaign event for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert and “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon joined forces — and show openings — to respond to the accusations.

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Feminists Fought Back Against Family Separation in Los Angeles

Activists gathered Thursday to march around the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles in response to the Trump administration’s policy of separation migrant parents and children detained at the border. Across the country, activists gathered at similar demonstrations in the last week to demand that the practice be reversed—and the families reunited. In Los Angeles, women formed the front line.

Activists at a rally to end family separation in Los Angeles. (Alicia Kay)

The Los Angeles event was organized by Children over Politics, United Healthcare Workers and The Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)—three women-led and women-centered organizations fighting for the rights of immigrant youth, women and families. Staff at CHIRLA are working on a daily basis within a number of communities to reverse the one-sided narrative the Trump administration has leveled against immigrants; Children over Politics provides a safe place where youth can access community, resources and help in making a difference around the issues that matter most to them; and United Healthcare Workers West is a local union housed under the larger Service Employees International Union (SEIU) fighting for immigrants afraid to access care due to the Trump administration’s hostile policies as well as the immigrants who can’t access it within its makeshift centers.

“Trauma lasts for generations,” Hortencia Armendariz, Community Division Director at United Healthcare Workers West, declared to Ms. at the march, noting that the U.S. already has a mental health crisis, and the lasting impacts of the Trump administration’s policies will undoubtedly compound it for another generation. Armendariz is also concerned about survivors of domestic violence that are seeking asylum in the U.S.—many of whom will now be effectively sentenced to death by another recent decision by the Trump administration closing its doors to asylum seekers facing such crimes across borders. 

“SEIU-UHW denounces the decision of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to restrict asylum to victims fleeing domestic violence in their home countries,” she told Ms. “Women and children seek protection under our country’s asylum laws based on the violence and abuse that they suffer at the hands of spouses and family members because their governments are unable or unwilling to control these persecutors. The ruling places the lives of thousands at risk of deportation, death or serious physical harm.”

“We are human at the end of the day, and we should be treated as such,” Belle Lopez, a Children Over Politics facilitator, told Ms. reporters at the protest. “The lawmakers have the power in their hands to make real changes.” Lopez intends to continue organizing young people and encouraging them to be more involved; she also wants to register more young adults to vote, organize more actions like this week’s march and help young people learn more about politics. 

Although the Trump administration, due to political pressure, reversed the so-called zero tolerance policy separating families along the border, it has not yet revealed a plan to reunite those already in detention. Thousands of traumatized children are being held in vacant Walmarts and tent cities, some sleeping in bunk beds within large metal cages and spending up to 22 hours a day indoors, pleading with officials to see their parents. Experts predict some will never see them again.

Activists have been demonstrating outside of federal and local government buildings and immigration detention centers for the last week, and nationwide protests of the Trump administration’s immigration policies are being organized as part of a day of action on June 30. 

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Amy DePoy is a student at Yale University and an editorial intern at Ms. She loves feminism, reading and writing. She also loves all fruits, but especially strawberries. 

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NBA Player Sterling Brown Is Suing the Police for Using a Stun Gun Against Him

(MILWAUKEE) — Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Milwaukee and its police department, claiming unlawful arrest and excessive force when officers used a stun gun on him during his arrest for a parking violation.

Brown’s attorney Mark Thomsen filed the lawsuit in federal court.

Brown had been talking with officers while waiting for a citation for illegally parking in a disabled spot outside a Walgreens on Jan. 26, when officers took him down because he didn’t immediately remove his hands from his pockets as ordered.

Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized to Brown last month when body-camera video of the arrest was released. Brown wasn’t charged with anything and three officers were disciplined, with suspensions ranging from two to 15 days.

Eight other officers were ordered to undergo remedial training in professional communications.

Video of the confrontation shows an officer approached Brown around 2 a.m. When their conversation becomes tense, the officer calls more squad cars for help and eventually eight officers are standing around Brown. One asks him to take his hands out of his pockets and a second or two later the scuffle begins. Almost immediately, an officer yells: “Taser! Taser! Taser!”

According to the lawsuit, one of the officers later took to Twitter to mock Brown, saying, “Nice meeting Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks at work this morning! Lol#FearTheDeer

Police only released the body camera video of the first officer who contacted Brown. But additional body camera and squad car videos, obtained by WISN-TV, showed the moments after officers used a stun gun on Brown. In one, Brown is on the ground and handcuffed when an officer puts one of his boots on Brown’s ankle, holding it there. Brown doesn’t mention being in any discomfort but he questions the officer’s actions.

“C’mon man, you’re stepping on my ankle for what?” Brown said. In response, the officer said he was trying to prevent Brown from kicking anyone.

Other videos obtained by WISN-TV showed an officer talking with two colleagues seating in a squad car. They talked about how they could be perceived as racist for arresting a black Bucks player, with one saying if anything goes wrong, it “is going to be, ‘Ooh, the Milwaukee Police Department is all racist, blah, blah, blah.’”

Brown told the Journal Sentinel in an interview last month that he “gave in” when police used a stun gun and that he didn’t do anything to resist because he didn’t want officers to “pull out their guns.”

“I was just being smart. I just wanted to get out of the situation and get home,” he said.

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Teairra Mari’s Restraining Order Against 50 Cent Gets Denied By the Judge

Teairra Mari’s request for a restraining order against 50 Cent has been denied.

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As we reported … Teairra went after her ex, Akbar Abdul-Ahad, and his friend, 50, claiming they teamed up to spread images of her on Instagram that included Teairra with ejaculate all over her face.

She went to court to get a restraining order against them to stop sharing the photo … but the judge has now denied that motion. And according to Lisa Bloom, the judge denied the request “because she was not convinced that the photo 50 Cent posted, with ejaculate on our client’s face, showed her ‘engaging’ in a sexual act.”

Bloom also claims the judge wasn’t convinced 50 would post the photo again. Lisa took the judge to task saying, “Common sense dictates that photo of a woman with ejaculate on her face clearly depicts a sex act, and is the kind of humiliation the revenge porn law was designed to ban.”

As for Akbar, he’s scheduled to face the judge later this month. 

Whether she was ‘engaging’ or had ‘engaged’ in a sexual act is one heck of a technicality for the judge to get hung up on — wouldn’t you agree?

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This Week in Women: The Fight Against Sexism in Politics Worldwide Goes On

This Week in Women is part of a series produced in partnership between Ms. and the Fuller Project for International Reporting. This column is also part of a newsletter; sign up here to receive it regularly.

Thousands sang, chanted and rallied for gender equality during a march to mark International Women’s Day in 2015. (J Carrier for UN Women / Creative Commons)

At least 59 U.S. women political candidates won big in Tuesday’s primary races, according to NBC News and the Associated Press. In light of these victories, Glamour had this terrific story about how motherhood, raising children and volunteering to strengthen their communities have become political assets for female candidates.

Overall, a historic number of women (about 600) are running or have said they’ll run for governor, House or Senate this year. But remember: even if women do well in November, numbers indicate men will still dominate womenin Congress by more than three to one. Change takes time and persistence.

The Chinese government is promoting some pretty old-fashioned ideas about women, according to a Tuesday report by Human Rights Watch’s China Director. The All-China Women’s Federation used to support women’s advancement in the labor force, but in recent years it has used its programs to promote women’s subservience, including teaching women how to sit, make tea and be good wives.

Meanwhile, Spain has a new leader, and nearly two-thirds of his cabinet are women. In Fuller news, our talented East Africa correspondent Neha Wadekar reported for Ozy this week on how women in Somalia are best positioned to wipe out terrorism there. In Forbes, Ewelina U. Ochab argues that sexual abuse can constitute religious persecution. Victims like Yazidi women targeted by ISIS, and Christians in places like India and Nigeria, are examples of how abuse can be associated with a woman’s religious affiliation, she argues.

Internationally, there is an upsurge in kidnappings and killings of mostly women and children in Uganda. Earlier this week, activists protested government inaction by dumping coffins outside parliament. Women in Peru are protesting the president for making light of a domestic violence case in which a woman was burned to death by her stalker, and a Swedish city is telling young girls who fear being sent abroad into forced marriage or female genital mutilation to tuck a spoon in their underwear, which would trigger airport metal detectors and alert the authorities. In the U.S., fear of deportation is causing fewer immigrants to report domestic abuse—and family separation caused by deportation is turning pregnant immigrant women into single mothers.

Here are 10 women heads of state who we hope would never make light of violence against women.

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Kim Kardashian visited the White House last week to raise awareness around the life-in-prison sentence given to black grandmother Alice Johnson for her role in drug trafficking, and it worked. On Wednesday, Trump commuted her sentence. But still, incarceration rates are rising for women nationwide, and way too many are for non-violent drug offenses. Alice herself had already served more than 20 years. She speaks here.

The majority of incarcerated women suffer from mental health issues, and that was also in the news this week as many grappled with the suicide of self-made fashion businesswoman Kate Spade, who had a 13-year-old daughter. Here, many women react.

Deborah Epstein, co-director of Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic, announces in the Washington Post that she has resigned from the NFL Player Association’s commission on domestic violence, claiming the league’s efforts to address domestic violence in football are a facade.

The CEO of Qatar Airways claimed only a man could do his job because it would be too challenging for a woman. On Wednesday, he apologized. A new study finds that women students at the U.S. Naval Academy are more likely to be described by their managers as “inept, selfish, frivolous, passive and temperamental” than their male colleagues. Forbes has released its list of the highest paid athletes of 2018, and not a single woman made it into the top 100.

And from Ohio, our Midwest correspondent Brittany King reports for the Washington Post’s The Lily about a woman building bridges between people of different racial backgrounds in her community. A beautiful story for our divided country.

Christina Asquith is the founder and editor in chief at The Fuller Project for International Reporting. 

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The annual aquatic extravaganza known as Shark Week celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer with a full-to-the-gills lineup of celebs and sea creatures.

Airing from July 22-29 on Discovery, this year’s Shark Week boasts more than 19 hours of programming.

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New indictment filed against Manafort names ally with Russian intel ties

Prosecutors have filed a new indictment against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manfort that also names Konstantin Kilimnik as a defendant, a close business colleague of Manafort’s who prosecutors have said has close ties to Russian intelligence.


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Report: Trump lawyers’ made case to Mueller against subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s lawyers composed a secret 20-page letter to special counsel Robert Mueller to assert that he cannot be forced to testify while arguing that he could not have committed obstruction because he has absolute authority over all federal investigations.
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New woman joins class-action rape lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein

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Justice continues to close in on Harvey Weinstein, ever since he surrendered himself to the New York police on May 25 (before being released on bail). Now, one more survivor accusing him of rape is adding her story to the legal battle.

CNN reports that Melissa Thompson joined the three other women who filed a class-action lawsuit against the infamous, disgraced Hollywood producer. Before the new charges, he already stood accused of first and third degree rape, as well as first degree criminal sexual act. 

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EU Opens Case Against US In WTO Over Steel And Aluminum Tariffs

In response to the United States’ decision to impose additional duties of 25 percent and 10 percent respectively on imports of steel and aluminum from the European Union, the European bloc said it has opened a case against the US in the WTO.
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Congressional Republicans lining up against Trump on trade

Republicans on Capitol Hill were fuming after the White House abruptly announced it would begin imposing steel and aluminum tariffs Friday on US allies Canada, Mexico and the European Union.


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‘My Life Is at Risk of Being Undermined.’ Morgan Freeman Pushes Back Against Misconduct Allegations

Actor Morgan Freeman is maintaining that his behavior should not be classified as sexual assault, in the wake of harassment and misconduct allegations leveled against him earlier this week.

“I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports,” Freeman said in a statement provided to TIME late Friday night. “All victims of assault and harassment deserve to be heard. And we need to listen to them. But it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor.”

A CNN report published Thursday included accounts from eight people who accused Freeman of inappropriate behavior or harassment. Many of these alleged instances included what were perceived as inappropriate comments from Freeman. One woman claimed he once repeatedly tried to lift her skirt and asked if she was wearing underwear; another said the actor made so many comments about her appearance that she and her assistants stopped wearing fitted clothing around him. CNN reporter Chloe Melas also said the actor called her “ripe” when she interviewed him while six months pregnant.

Freeman, who issued an apology shortly after CNN’s story broke Thursday, said in the second statement that he uses jokes and humor to make people “feel appreciated and at ease around me,” though he added that, “Clearly I was not always coming across the way I intended.”

Still, Freeman maintains in the statement that his behavior never crossed certain lines.

“I did not create unsafe work environments. I did not assault women. I did not offer employment or advancement in exchange for sex,” Freeman said in the statement. “Any suggestion that I did so is completely false.”


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NFL Takes Hard Stance Against Kneeling With New 2018 Anthem Policy

The NFL and Roger Goodell will now penalize players for protesting.

The NFL approved a 2018 national anthem policy, but the NFLPA is not having it. The new rule will “subject teams to a fine if a player or any other team personnel do not show appropriate respect for the anthem.” If they choose to not participate, they’ll be allowed to remain in the locker room until the performance is done.


Such a rule was bound to happen due to the NFL and President Trump’s continued criticism of both Colin Kaepernick and the movement that he ignited.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired,’” Trump said. “You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s going to say, ‘That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it [but] they’ll be the most popular person in this country.”

But, even with this “solution” to end further criticism and to protect the league’s ratings, the NFLPA are willing to continue the fight for players’ rights.

NFLPA spokesman George Atallah told ESPN of the NFL’s proposed new national anthem policy: “We were not consulted ahead of this meeting on any potential changes to the anthem policy. If there are changes to the policy that put players in a position where they could be disciplined or fined, we are going to do what we always do—fight anything that encroaches on players’ rights to the end.”


 


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Six families of victims killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting, as well as an FBI agent, filed a defamation lawsuit today against Alex Jones.
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Nick Wright reveals how Houston’s Game 4 win over Warriors helps LeBron’s Cavs against the Boston Celtics

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A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit brought against Express Scripts by shareholders.
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Judge tosses class-action lawsuit against Poland Spring

PORTLAND, Maine — A federal judge in Connecticut has dismissed a lawsuit that accuses Poland Spring’s parent company of selling water that’s sourced from wells, not springs. Charles Broll, general counsel for Nestle Waters North America, praised the judge’s decision late last week to dismiss the “meritless lawsuit.” Stamford, Connecticut-based Nestle Waters North America contends…
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BOSTON (Reuters) – Proxy adviser Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recommended on Friday that investors vote against Tesla Inc directors Antonio Gracias and James Murdoch, increasing pressure on the car maker over their roles on its board.


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Black Man Convicted of Murder at 14 Has Charges Against Him Dismissed

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A newly vindicated Brooklyn, New York man denounced a corrupt justice system that took 17 years of his life. John Bunn, 41, was convicted of murdering a correction officer, Rolando Neischer, in August 1991 after an ex-detective tainted evidence used against him. He was 14 years old at the time. An emotional Bunn was crying […]

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One used to deal drugs on the streets of New Orleans. Another grew up in Chicago with two drug-addicted parents. A third survived the tough streets of New York and Washington, D.C., where he once stared down the barrel of a gun.
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Billionaire hedge funder Dan Loeb is seeing more opportunities to bet against the market this year. Loeb’s $ 18 billion Third Point fund said Thursday that it has increased its short bets amid increased “disruption” in stocks. “An important shift in markets happened in the first quarter,” Loeb said on a call with analysts of his…
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(Reuters) – The Winnipeg Jets thumped the Nashville Predators 5-1 in a Game Seven decider on Thursday to book a first trip to the Western Conference Final, where they will face a Vegas Golden Knights team that has smashed expectations in its inaugural season.


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Bill Cosby conviction: How prosecutors scored a victory against ‘America’s Dad’

In Cosby’s retrial, the presiding judge allowed testimony from other women who also accused “America’s Dad” of drugging and sexually abusing them.
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Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Russell Simmons Tossed Out

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Russell Simmons can claim a mild victory against the mounting claims that he sexually assaulted a number of women. One woman who made such a claim and filed a lawsuit seeking $ 5 million in damages saw her case dismissed, which sometimes signals something was worked out behind doors.

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Jennifer Jarosik sued Simmons for millions of dollars, claiming he’d sexually assaulted her after she denied his advances. According to docs, the suit was dismissed Wednesday morning. It was dismissed with prejudice … meaning she can’t refile.

Typically, that’s a sign there’s been a settlement. Reps for Simmons had no comment.

The dismissal comes a couple weeks after Simmons filed a pretty strong response to the lawsuit, claiming Jennifer had sent him text messages and nude photos after the alleged assault.

Despite this positive uptick, Simmons still faces accusations from over a dozen other women.

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Lawsuit Filed Against Oprah Over Stolen Idea Of ‘Greenleaf’

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Greenleaf has been a popular television show on OWN Network every season its been on however, a screenwriter and pastor believe Oprah stole the idea from them.

On April 19, Pastor Lester Eugene Barrie and writer Shannan Lynette Wynn filed a lawsuit in a California federal court against Oprah claiming Greenleaf is a knock-off version of their show Justice & Glory which they pitched to the network in 2014, according to Vulture

Both shows featured the same concepts of focusing on a mega church owned by a well-known African-American family. After receiving feedback from a meeting they had with the network to pitch their show, Barrie and Wynn were told the show wouldn’t happen.

The lawsuit also states that Barrie and Wynn were surprised when they saw their show idea on television and that the show even, “used the same character names, and copied verbatim unique and novel storylines, themes, subplots and the overall tone of the show.”

Credit for Greenleaf goes to writer Craig Wright who worked on shows Lost and Six Feet Under and Oprah as the executive producer. Oprah has not commented on the matter.

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This Week in Women: Violence Against Women Hurts Communities Around the World

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The Community Costs of Domestic Violence

This Monday in a front page story for USA Today, we reported that in 2017, more officers were shot and killed in the line of duty while responding to domestic violence than any other type of firearm-related fatality, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. This alarming trend has only continued in 2018.

So far this year, six officers have died in domestic violence-related shootings. That includes two police officers in Westerville, Ohio, who were shot responding to a 911 call from a woman who said she had previously been threatened and sexually assaulted by her husband, a cop who tried to protect a neighbor from her estranged husband and an officer who was trying to apprehend a man who had allegedly just murdered his ex-wife.

Violence against women is an important story at The Fuller Project because it impacts so many women, at such a great cost to society. We’re committed to reporting on it, on those affected by it and on innovative and new strategies to reduce and prevent it. Please take a few minutes to read our compelling reporting, and share on social media.

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The family of Marie Colvin, a war correspondent killed in Syria, is trying to take the Assad regime to court for what they say was a deliberate assassination of the journalist. This mom running for Congress says the Federal Election Commission should allow congressional candidates to use campaign funds for child care.

The muted response to two brutal cases of the rape and murder of young girls has brought “acute national shame” on India, writes Barkha Dutt in The Washington Post. In El Salvador, the New York Times reported that women are leading a campaign to end the incarceration of women who have abortions and miscarriages. In Kenya, a woman who was abused by nurses during childbirth won a landmark legal case in March that set a precedent requiring quality care for women. This week, NPR reports on the issue of maternal mortality in poor countries.

An investigation by The Intercept into complaints of sexual abuse in immigration detention centers revealed “a staggering” 1,224 complaints, half of which were against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. And this week, The Lily writes about the wrenching choice facing an American-born teenager whose undocumented parents were deported back to Mexico. Will Lulu stay with her family in Mexico or return to the U.S., the only home she’s ever known?

Who are the young girls throwing stones in Kashmir?

The New York Times investigated how NFL teams treat their cheerleaders. Some requirements include: weigh-ins, no sweatpants in public, and restrictions on nail polish and jewelry.
More next week on what’s happening around the world for, by and about women.

Christina Asquith is the founder and editor in chief at The Fuller Project for International Reporting. 

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Geoffrey Rush Reportedly Suffering Greatly Following Defamation Suit Against Sexual Allegations

Tony winner Geoffrey Rush has filed defamation proceedings in Australia’s federal court against The Daily Telegraph. The Oscar winner is seeking damages after the news publication reported allegations that the actor behaved inappropriately towards a female cast member during a 2015 production of KING LEAR.
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Trump advisers urge against hasty US retreat from Syria

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Judge dismisses Exxon lawsuit against climate change probe

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Maci Bookout Files for Order of Protection Against Ryan Edwards

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Maci Bookout is taking action. The Teen Mom OG star has filed for an order of protection against ex-boyfriend Ryan Edwards.

According to the docket on the Hamilton County Circuit Court’s website, there are two orders of protection filed against Edwards. The first lists Bookout’s husband, Taylor McKinney, vs. Edwards. The second lists 26-year-old Bookout herself and her three children — Bentley, 9, Jayde, 2, and Maverick, 22 months — vs. Edwards. The MTV personality shares son Bentley with Edwards, and her two youngest with McKinney.

A judge is set to hear the cases on Monday, April 2.

While it’s unclear when Bookout and her husband filed the orders of protection, 30-year-old Edwards found himself in legal trouble on Tuesday, March 27, when he was arrested at his Tennessee home. Red Bank City police confirmed that he was arrested for violating his probation, which was related to a previous heroin possession case. A spokesperson for the Hamilton County Jail told Radar Online that he bonded out at 10:15 p.m. the same day.

Edwards has previously admitted to heroin use in the past, and completed a stay in rehab in May 2017. He made the decision to seek treatment after MTV’s cameras caught him nodding off behind the wheel as he was driving to his wedding to Mackenzie Standifer. The network aired the incident during a 2017 episode of Teen Mom OG, and during another episode in December, 21-year-old Standifer claimed that he was spending $ 10,000 a week on drugs.

“There have been major concerns about Ryan’s sobriety,” a source close to the hit docuseries previously told Us Weekly, noting that the subject is a major topic in the reunion episodes scheduled to air in April. “Ryan needed more inpatient treatment, longer than what he previously got.”

But it hasn’t been all bad news for Edwards this week. After the Monday, March 26, episode of Teen Mom OG, MTV aired a teaser for the April 2 episode, which revealed that Edwards and his wife are expecting their first child together. Standifer is also the mom of Hudson, 4, whom she shares with ex-husband Zachary Stephens.

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NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by Exxon Mobil aimed at stopping an investigation by New York and Massachusetts officials into whether the oil giant misled investors and the public about its knowledge of climate change and how the issue could affect its business.
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Charlie Wilson Defends Bruno Mars Against Cultural Appropriation Claims

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With the release of his funk-inspired album, 24K Magic Bruno Mars has been under critique for cultural appropriation. After the chart-topping album became a Grammy smash collecting five awards in 2018 the conversation has intensified. All in spite of Bruno being very vocal about being influenced by Black artists, working with Black musicians, and being a person of color himself.

The conversation was once again brought to the table after Meshell Ndegeocello called out the pop star for making “karaoke” music and mimicking the sounds of Black artists. Many people began to side with Ndegeocello. Others pointed out that Bruno makes genuinely good music and the conversation should be geared towards white supremacy and who is allowed to succeed in the music industry.

R&B crooner Charlie Wilson, however, was one artist who stepped up in support of Bruno Mars’ musical talent. “Just want to join in the convo and stand up for my friend @BrunoMars!,” Wilson tweeted. “For the current haters, I’ll say this: Bruno with this album helped bring back the classic New Jack / R&B sound to the masses when it was left for dead years ago…Bruno’s songs on this album are original and no different than any other artist pulling from genres before him.”

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(Reuters) – The NBA has warned the Chicago Bulls for resting healthy players in what appears to be an attempt to lose intentionally to boost their chances of a top draft pick, according to several reports on Tuesday, including the Chicago Tribune.


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In the Midst of #MeToo, Alice Glass Scored a Legal Victory Against Her Alleged Abuser and Former Bandmate

Ethan Kath of the band Crystal Castles sued former bandmate Alice Glass for defamation in October after she released a disturbing account alleging he had physically and emotionally abused her. Late last month, the defamation lawsuit was dismissed in court.

“This is a victory for survivors of abuse and sexual misconduct in countries where abusers use the court system to further victimize and keep people silent,” Glass wrote on Twitter after the ruling. In all caps, the Canadian singer added: “WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED.”

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Glass had charged Kath with “almost a decade of abuse, manipulation and psychological control,” starting from when she was just 15 years-old. “Claudio was very manipulative towards me,” she wrote. “Over a period of many months, he gave me drugs and alcohol and had sex with me in an abandoned room at an apartment he managed. It wasn’t always consensual.” At least one other woman has also accused Kath of sexual assault.

After Glass wrote about the alleged abuse, Kath responded by dismissing her claims as the words of a mentally unstable drug addict, labeling them “extortion, false claims and accusations” and insinuating that Glass accused him of abuse because she was upset that the band had achieved success since her departure. He went on to sue Glass for defamation—but on Feb. 23, the Los Angeles Superior Court held that her “motion to strike” was granted, effectively dismissing Kath’s complaint in its entirety.

Glass’ victory in court is particularly important because of how often women and survivors are disenfranchised within the legal system. Women and survivors have nothing to gain—and often everything to lose—from speaking up about harassment, abuse and assault. They can lose jobs and important relationships in their industries, as well as ridicule, slut-shaming and victim-blaming. Even worse, they can face retaliation, threats and violence for coming forward.

Glass first accused Kath of misconduct around the onset of the #MeToo movement, as women and survivors of sexual abuse across the country—and the world—began speaking out about their experiences with sexual abuse and harassment. #MeToo and the use of social media to raise awareness about abuse, hold powerful men accountable and demand justice began largely because of the limited options women have in workplaces and the legal system to defend themselves.

While those who defend men accused of abuse frequently argue that #MeToo and believing women undermine due process, what’s rarely considered is that due to a wide range of circumstances, survivors’ testimonies are often the only evidence they are able to provide. The insistence within institutional and cultural power structures that those testimonies alone aren’t enough to justify consequences for alleged perpetrators denies survivors credibility—and has also denied many victims justice for generations.

Kylie Cheung is an editorial intern at Ms. She writes about feminism in politics and pop culture with a focus on reproductive justice. Her work appeared in Rewire, Teen Vogue, The Mary Sue and Mediaite, among others.

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Aly Raisman Files Lawsuit Against USOC and USA Gymnastics

Aly Raisman spent months urging the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics to get serious about taking a long hard look into how Larry Nassar’s abusive conduct was allowed to run unchecked for so long.

Frustrated by what she considers a lack of progress, the six-time Olympic medalist is hoping she can get some answers in court.

Raisman has filed a lawsuit against both organizations, claiming they “knew or should have known” about abusive patterns Nassar, a disgraced former national team doctor now in prison for sexually abusing young athletes.

Raisman filed the lawsuit in California on Wednesday. The filing alleges negligence by the USOC and USA Gymnastics for failing to make sure appropriate protocols were followed in regards to monitoring Larry Nassar. Nassar, who is named as a co-defendant in the lawsuit, is serving decades in prison for molesting some of the sport’s top athletes and others as well as child pornography crimes.

The 23-year-old Raisman, captain for both the gold-medal winning 2012 and 2016 U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics teams, says she was abused by Nassar in multiple locations beginning in 2010, including at the U.S. national team training facility at the Karolyi Ranch training center in Texas and the 2012 Games in London. Raisman said she initially felt she was receiving medically necessary treatment by Nassar before realizing it was abuse. She battled shame, guilt and depression in the aftermath, Raisman said.

Nassar spent nearly three decades at USA Gymnastics before being fired in 2015 after complaints about his behavior. He continued to work at Michigan State University through the fall of 2016 before being hit with federal charges. Raisman said the USOC and USA Gymnastics allowed Nassar to continue abusing athletes by not telling the university about the conduct that led them to fire him.

USA Gymnastics and the USOC broke their stated mandates to protect children in their programs by not revealing Nassar’s past misconduct to athletes and their parents or guardians, the lawsuit said.

Raisman joins a list of more than 100 civil actions filed against Nassar and USA Gymnastics. McKayla Maroney, an Olympic teammate of Raisman’s in 2012, named the USOC as a co-defendant in a lawsuit she filed last December.

USA Gymnastics and the USOC did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.

Raisman, who has become a vocal critic of both organizations after initially revealing the abuse in her autobiography released last fall, did not plan to go to court but says she felt compelled to press forward because she believes USA Gymnastics and the USOC are not making a sincere effort to “properly address the problem.”

“I refuse to wait any longer for these organizations to do the right thing,” Raisman said in a statement. “It is my hope that the legal process will hold them accountable and enable the change that is so desperately needed.”

The USOC is conducting an independent review of when former CEO Scott Blackmun and others learned the details about abuse cases at USA Gymnastics and whether they responded appropriately. Blackmun stepped down earlier this week to deal with prostate cancer, though Raisman, several high-profile gymnasts and two U.S. Senators had been calling for his ouster for weeks.

USA Gymnastics has undergone a massive overhaul in the last year. Former president Steve Penny, named as a co-defendant in Raisman’s lawsuit, resigned last March. Longtime chairman of the board Paul Parilla, another co-defendant in the suit, and the rest of the board stepped down in January under heavy pressure from the USOC. USA Gymnastics also ended its relationship with the Karolyi Ranch in January and is currently searching for a new training center.

Raisman doesn’t believe either organization is going far enough fast enough for future generations of athletes.

“It has become painfully clear that these organizations have no intention of properly addressing this problem,” Raisman said. “After all this time, they remain unwilling to conduct a full investigation, and without a solid understanding of how this happened, it is delusional to think sufficient changes can be implemented.”

Raisman’s lawsuit claims both organizations focused on medals instead of the well-being of the athletes, a model that allowed Nassar’s behavior to go unchecked for years.

The lawsuit says the USOC “had a culture and atmosphere that conceals known and suspected sexual abusers, which transcends all policies and procedures that are set-in place.” Raisman believes the USOC ignored its own mandates “to protect its reputation and blind itself to known abusers within the ranks of the NGBs (National Governing Bodies) for which it is responsible.”

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NAACP Files Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against Capital One Bank

Over the past two years, Capital One Bank has been closing many of its brick-and-mortar locations around the state of Texas in what the bank claims to be a cost-cutting measure. The NAACP, however, has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the publicly traded company, alleging that its actions are discriminatory against its black and Latino customers, while also using black celebrities in its commercials to enhance its agenda.

The suit, filed in federal court in the Southern District of Texas, alleges that black and Latino customers are encouraged to use ATM cards to transact their business with the bank, which reduces the possibility of minority customers applying for mortgages, credit, and traditional banking services.

Actor Samuel L. Jackson, revered director, Spike Lee, and NBA Hall of Famer, Charles Barkley, have all featured in many of Capital One’s ads. The civil rights organization said the black celebrities are being unwittingly used to advance its agenda to relegate its minority bank customers to only debit-card carrying customers when their commercials ask, “What’s In Your Wallet?”

Capital One Fires Back

Capital One said in a statement to Black Enterprise that the assertion “is so offensive and so far from the truth, it doesn’t merit a response.”

“Capital One has been thoughtful about its branch strategy in order to provide the right physical presence in all of our markets that considers the needs of our customers, the communities we serve, and Capital One,” the bank said.

Last June, Capital One said it closed its seven San Antonio-area branches as part of cost-cutting measures. About 40 of the bank’s employees lost their jobs as a result of the closures. MySA reported that were also dozens of branch closings in 2016.

Company Chairman and CEO Richard Fairbank told analysts on a conference call last January that the company “recognized $ 160 million in branch optimization costs last year.”

“We regularly review our entire network, which includes opening branches, improving current branches and closing or consolidating branches. It’s an ongoing process,” Amanda Landers, a company spokesperson told MySA last year.

In November, the company announced it was laying off 950 people in Plano, as it exited the mortgage and home equity business and closed a call center.

“It was a difficult decision to make and we recognize the effect that it will have on our customers and associates,” Landers said. “It was a business decision based on the long-term cost, real estate and customer needs of this market location and not a result of individual associate or organizational performance.”

Capital One is either closing or has already closed banking centers in Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, Harlingen, Houston, McAllen, San Antonio, Texarkana, and Tyler, according to the company’s filings with the Office of the Comptroller of Currency, the Statesman reported.

The branch closures follow industry trend as consumers opt to use institutions’ websites and mobile apps as opposed to going to the physical store locations to conduct financial transactions. NAACP’s suit, however, alleges that Capital One has engaged in a conscious and deliberate plan to close banks in black and Latino communities while keeping ones in white communities open.

Joining NAACP in the lawsuit is the League of United Latin American Citizens, and Laurie Vignaud, a former Capital One employee.

The suit alleges that Vignaud, an African American female, was involved in monitoring “the knowledge and reactions of the black and Latino communities” on behalf of the bank. Vignaud repeatedly brought to her superior’s attention that the bank was violating the law by discriminating against minority communities, the suit alleges.

A spokesperson for the bank said the suggestion that the bank “monitors” the groups is offensive.

“Capital One has long believed that engagement with our customers and our communities is critical to understanding their needs,” the bank said. “This includes long-standing partnerships with community groups and advocacy organizations, hosting and participating in community-oriented events, and conversations with customers and local leaders to discuss mutual priorities and issues of shared concern.”

In a press release, NAACP said Vignaud “ceased being offered developmental and promotional opportunities while the same opportunities were being offered to less-qualified white employees.” The suit alleged that Vignaud was removed from work assignments which were, in turn, being directed to her white colleagues. She was advised that her marketing strategies were not effective but the suit claims that her strategies were later used as a model for Capital One nationally. As a result, Vignaud who has been with the company for nearly two decades was fired.

“All the allegations in this case are baseless and we will vigorously defend ourselves in this matter,” the bank said.

Efforts to reach representatives from the NAACP were unsuccessful.

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Bollywood’s Sonam Kapoor on fighting against the Middle East’s victim blaming culture

This star means business

Sonam Kapoor isn’t holding back when it comes to injustice in the entertainment industry.

With a combined Twitter and Instagram following of over 22 million, it’s safe to say Sonam Kapoor has a seriously powerful platform that goes beyond her big screen Bollywood roles.

Don’t think of this star as just a face to a cause, however. Sonam is determined to be an outspoken advocate for the causes she believes in. Whether that’s fighting the gender pay gap, speaking out against victim blaming or campaigning to end child hunger, this thirty-two year old isn’t holding back…

On self-awareness…“As actors we’re inclined towards narcissism and you tend to be very self-involved because that’s the nature of the job. Your body is your tool. Your emotions are your tool. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings instead of being so self-absorbed.”

On modesty… “I feel that you can express yourself without being on show. Being modest about the way you dress, being modest about your work, being modest about who you are… It grounds you. The more you shout, it shows your insecurity. It’s important to have a sense of self and a quiet confidence.”

On representation… “The world is getting smaller and there’s no defined colour anymore,” she says. “Different faces and colours and body types are being embraced and are aspirational for young girls to see. It’s giving people a chance to speak up and speak out.”

On #MeToo and feminism… “On our side of the world – whether it’s India or the Middle East there is a lot of victim blaming and victim shaming. It’s important to come out and say, ‘It is ok if this happens to you. It is not your fault. You are not the monster. The person doing it… He or she is the monster. It’s important for people who have a certain platform to come out and say it. And I have that platform.I understood what it meant to be a feminist at 13 years old.”

On the gender pay-gap in Bollywood… “I come from a very privileged background and if I don’t get the pay I deserve I can [refuse and therefore] set an example. I hope that sets the right tone for other girls in the industry around me.”

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Roseanne’s 2 Beckys Talk Being Pitted Against Each Other

Roseanne is officially coming back and for the first time ever, both Beckys will be sharing the screen! Lecy Goranson left the show for seasons 6 and 7, retuned for season 8, then left again in season 9. Sarah Chalke replaced her for those three seasons. However, in the reboot, both actresses will be back: Goranson will play Becky while Chalke will play Andrea, who hires Becky to be a surrogate for her.

Since they never got to work together on the show, once Goranson, 43, got the call for the reboot, she asked for Chalke to return, too. “I actually requested that Sarah come back and that we’d have scenes together when I first heard about the show coming back. I’ve said this before, but I really don’t like how people pit us against each other,” she told Us Weekly exclusively.

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“It’s ridiculous,” Chalke added, pointing out that the one photo shoot they did participate in together for the sitcom, they were asked to arm wrestle each other. However, about a year ago, they both appeared on Inside Amy Schumer and “had the best time,” Chalke, 41, added.

“That was really cool! I really wanted to know about Sarah’s experience on the show. I wanted to know what happened and how she felt about things, and it was just really cool,” Goranson added, also nothing that the way they both are included in the reboot really works.

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“It could have been very broad, it could have been really over the top, but I feel like it was written in a way that was very dynamic and interesting,” the actress noted. “I feel like the way Sarah’s character was written was very interesting and could have gone a different way, in a much broader way, and I really appreciate that the writers are that good to do that. It just makes it more grounded.”

Roseanne premieres on ABC Tuesday, March 27, at 8 p.m. ET.

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J.P. Morgan’s Jamie Dimon Is Most Likely Not Running Against Trump in 2020

Who will run against President Donald Trump in the 2020 election? In the past year, the rumor mill has sputtered out names including entertainment mogul Oprah Winfrey, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, and rapper Kanye West.

But J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, who once said he’d “love to be president of the United States of America,” seems to be officially striking himself off the list. At least for now.

The outspoken chairman, CEO, and president of the banking giant (who has said he expects Trump to be a one-term president) announced plans on Tuesday to stay on as J.P. Morgan’s head for “approximately five more years,” or until 2023.

The news should quash suggestions of a 2020 presidential run for the CEO of the largest U.S. bank, analysts say. Dimon has made his rounds in the White Hourse as an advisor, having served on the White House’s Strategic and Policy Forum before its dissolution mid-2017. He also reportedly turned down the role of Treasury Secretary, making way for another fellow Wall Streeter Steven Mnuchin.

The announcement that Jamie Dimon was potentially staying for five additional years as CEO should end speculation that he may leave for political office or political appointments in the near term,” wrote Keefe Bruyette and Woods analysts on Monday.

While Dimon had previously said that “it’s too hard and too late” to run for the White House position in 2016, tittle-tattle of a potential campaign has persisted. In late 2017, Dimon reinvigorated such rumors after saying that Democrats have no chance in the 2020 elections unless they find “a strong centrist, pro-business, pro-free enterprise candidate.” Commenters thought that description sounded a lot like like Dimon himself.

Still, the most recent announcement won’t completely cancel out the possibility of a potential run, as Dimon is not chained to his role for the next five years. Nor has it completely wiped away questions of a 2024 run, when Dimon will turn 68.

More importantly for J.P. Morgan’s shareholders, however, the bank also set out a clearer succession plan in preparation of Dimon’s potential departure five years down the road. It appointed 55-year-old Daniel Pinto and 59-year-old Gordon Smith as co-chief operating officers and co-presidents. Pinto currently heads J.P. Morgan’s corporate and investment banking unit, while Smith leads its consumer banking side. It’s also hard to say whether the two are in the running for CEO, given their ages.

J.P. Morgan also pointed to a handful of other executives making their way up the ranks in the company.

“Our other outstanding CEOs, Mary Erdoes (50), Asset and Wealth Management, and Doug Petno (52), Commercial Bank, along with our Chief Financial Officer, Marianne Lake (48), took on expanded roles last year and have played progressively more significant roles partnering across the firm in helping manage the company,” Dimon said in a statement.

It’s not hard to see why shareholders appear to be okay with Dimon, who become CEO in 2005, for another five years. By market capitalization, Dimon has helped turn the company into the largest U.S. bank, valued at $ 403 billion. In the year he took leadership, Citigroup was the largest U.S. bank, valued at $ 247 billion, and J.P. Morgan was he third largest with a market capitalization of about $ 135 billion.

Those gains have not come without hiccups. J.P. Morgan agreed to pay $ 13 billion to regulators to settle claims surrounding the financial crisis in 2013. A J.P. Morgan trader known as “London Whale,” meanwhile, lost the firm $ 6.2 billion on bets in the corporate debt market in 2012. Dimon took a 50% pay cut for the incident.

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Sony Plans ‘Jumanji’ Sequel to Go Up Against ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Next Year

Sony Plans 'Jumanji' Sequel to Go Up Against 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Next Year

It took 22 years for Jumanji to get a sequel. But the next one will likely arrive much more quickly. According to a Wall Street Journal article on the surprising box office success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (relayed by The Playlist if you're not a WSJ subscriber), Sony has plans for a follow-up and the studio is already optimistically setting sights on a Christmas 2019 release. While the exact timing is not clear, presumably the sequel could open on the same…

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Alison Brie addresses sexual misconduct accusations against brother-in-law James Franco

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Alison Brie has addressed sexual misconduct accusations faced by James Franco at the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The GLOW actor and two-time SAG Award nominee, who is married to Franco’s brother and The Disaster Artist co-star Dave Franco, talked to E! News‘ Giuliana Rancic on the red carpet on Sunday.

“I think that above all, what we’ve always said is it remains vital that anyone that feels victimized should and does have the right to speak out and come forward. I obviously support my family,” said Brie of the accusations. Read more…

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Jennifer Hudson Police Report Details Domestic Violence Claims Against David Otunga: ‘Don’t Have My Son Around Your F*cking Boyfriend’

Now that Jennifer Hudson’s ex-fiancé David Otunga has been cleared of domestic violence charges, her police report has been released and it contains great detail of her allegations.

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She told cops in the early hours of November 16 she and Otunga were arguing over where their son, David Jr., would sleep that night. She said they had been arguing earlier in the evening because he was upset that David Jr. was at a recording studio with her and a producer who David claimed was her new boyfriend. She says David said, “Don’t have my son around your f***ing boyfriend,” adding he would come to the studio to “f*** him up.”

Jennifer — who denies the producer was her boyfriend — claimed during the argument David picked up their son, said “I’m not leaving” and took David Jr. upstairs to a bathroom. She followed and she claims he pushed her with both hands to shove her out of the bathroom. She claims she stumbled backward and yelled for her security guard. The guard says he never heard her call for him.

David has vehemently denied laying a hand on her.

The police report also references an incident in April 2017, in which Jennifer claims she went into their kitchen to find David sitting next to a gun and staring ominously at her. She concedes he told her it was a toy gun and removed it from the house.

Jennifer got a restraining order the day after the bathroom incident forcing David out of the family home. She has since dropped the restraining order and they have struck a temporary custody agreement.

We don’t know what happened in their home, but what we do know is that this incident isn’t outside of the realm of possibility.

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(ATLANTA) — Tua Tagovailoa threw a 41-yard touchdown to DeVonta Smith to give No. 4 Alabama a 26-23 overtime victory against No. 3 Georgia to win the College Football Playoff national championship Monday night.

Tagovailoa entered the game at halftime, replacing a struggling Jalen Hurts, and threw three touchdown passes, including the game-ender to give the Crimson Tide its fifth national championship since 2009 under coach Nick Saban.

After Alabama kicker Andy Pappanastos missed a 36-yard field goal that would have won it for the Tide (13-1) in the final seconds of regulation, Georgia (13-2) took the lead with a 51-yard field goal from Rodrigo Blankenship in overtime.

Tagovailoa took a terrible sack on Alabama’s first play of overtime, losing 16 yards. On the next play he found Smith, another freshman, streaking down the sideline and hit him in stride for the national championship.

This game will be remembered for Saban’s decision to change quarterbacks trailing 13-0.

“I just thought we had to throw the ball, and I felt he could do it better, and he did,” Saban said. “He did a good job, made some plays in the passing game. Just a great win. I’m so happy for Alabama fans. Great for our players. Unbelievable.”

What was he thinking as the winning pass soared?

“I could not believe it,” Saban said. “There’s lots of highs and lows. Last year we lost on the last play of the game and this year we won on the last play of the game. These kids really responded the right way. We said last year, ‘Don’t waste the feeling.’ They sure didn’t, the way they played tonight.”

Saban now has six major poll national championships, including one at LSU, matching the record set by the man who led Alabama’s last dynasty, coach Paul Bear Bryant.

This one was nothing like the others.

The all-Southeastern Conference matchup was all Georgia in the first half before Saban pulled Hurts and went with the five-star recruit from Hawaii to start the second half.

The Tide trailed 13-0 at halftime and 20-7 in the third quarter after Georgia’s freshman quarterback, Jake Fromm, hit Mecole Hardman for an 80-yard touchdown pass that had the Georgia fans feeling good about ending a national title drought that dates back to 1980.

A little less than a year after the Atlanta Falcons blew a 25-point lead and lost in overtime to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, there was more pain for many of the local fans. With the title game being held 70 miles from Georgia’s campus in Athens, Dawg fans packed Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but it turned out to be sweet home for Alabama.

It was not without angst.

Alabama drove into the red zone in the final minute and Saban started playing for a field goal that would end the game and win it for the Tide. A nervous quiet gripped the crowd of 77,430 as ‘Bama burned the clock. With the ball centered in the middle of the field, Pappanastos lined up for a kick to win the national championship. The snap and hold looked fine, but the kicked missed badly to the left.

For the second straight week, Georgia was going to overtime. The Bulldogs beat Oklahoma in a wild Rose Bowl in double overtime to get here, and after Jonathan Ledbetter and Davin Bellamy sacked Tagovailoa for a big loss on the first play, Alabama was in trouble — second-and-26.

Not for long. Tagovailoa looked off the safety threw the biggest touchdown pass in the history of Alabama football.


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From Silence to Culture Shift: Inside the Fight Against Sexual Harassment in Egypt

The #MeToo campaign that took the world by storm strongly resonated with women in Egypt.

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Emboldened by the global flood of women breaking their silence on sexual harassment, Egyptian women also took to social media to share their experiences. Defying social norms, Egyptian women bravely spoke up to tell their stories of sexual abuse and harassment with the hope of showing the magnitude of the problem in Egyptian society today.

“Not a single day goes by when I don’t have to worry about my physical or emotional integrity on Egyptian streets,” one woman wrote on Facebook. “It’s never safe.” She isn’t alone: According to a recent UN report, 99.3 percent of Egyptian women are victims of sexual harassment, including verbal abuse, groping and sometimes even rape. Sexual harassment is so widespread in the country that some human rights activists describe sexual harassment in Egypt as an epidemic; that epidemic reached its peak during the January 2011 uprising, when women became victims of a series of mob sexual assaults during protests at Tahrir square.

2011 was also a turning point for many women: They started speaking out. They were no longer afraid to tell their stories. They took to the streets to protest sexual violence and demanded their voices be heard. Their signs read “Silence is unacceptable; my anger will be heard,” and “Down with sexual harassment.”

Egypt’s new law criminalizing sexual harassment and assault that came into effect in July 2014 signaled a new sign of hope for many Egyptian women, as did a recent court sentencing of seven men to life imprisonment for sexual assault. But while social media platforms and campaigns like #MeToo have given Egyptian women the opportunity to raise awareness on sexual harassment and shed light on their experiences, much work remains to shift behavior and culture.

“Women are afraid of being blamed for the assault,” Aliaa Soliman, Communications Manager at HarassMap, a volunteer-based organization that works to end sexual harassment, told Ms. “Our culture creates so many excuses for the harasser. People will ask the woman ‘why are you wearing these tight jeans?’ or ‘why are you out in the first place?’… These are the kinds of comments that women hear all the time when they get sexually harassed.”

When Amira, a 26 year old who was sexually harassed on public transportation, reported her incident to the police, they told her to go home. When she insisted, they told her that they know who her father is and where he works. “They stood uncomfortably close to me the whole time and everybody in the building seemed to be undressing me with their eyes,” said Amira in her interview with Egyptian Streets, an independent news media organization in Egypt. “They catcalled me and whispered dirty comments.”

“Punishing the harasser is always a good thing of course,” Soliman said. “However, the fact that sexual harassment is culturally not recognized as a crime needs more awareness. People need to be more aware about why the law is in place, and why sexual harassment is being criminalized. If people are not convinced with the law or don’t understand why sexual harassment is wrong, then the law will not be very effective.”

Many women in Egypt still choose to remain silent. And until new earth is broken in the fight against assault and harassment, many still will. “All of society must be engaged in stopping sexual harassment,” Soliman said. “Bystanders must act if they see harassment happening in front of their own eyes. Harassers must also know that there will be consequences for their actions. We have all to create a culture that simply doesn’t accept sexual harassment anymore.”

May El Habachi specializes in writing about development, health and expat life. Her writing has been featured in leading international publications including Newsweek Middle East, Global Living, Expat Go Malaysia, Kuwait Bazaar and Fair Observer, among others.

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Singer Joy Villa Files Sex-Assault Complaint Against Corey Lewandowski

Singer and Trump supporter Joy Villa said she filed a sexual-assault complaint against Corey Lewandowski, the firebrand former campaign manager for President Trump. Villa told the Associated Press that Lewandowski hit her twice on the buttocks “extremely hard” after she told him to stop. The alleged incident happened at an event in Washington, D.C. in November. She told the AP she will meet with Washington’s Metropolitan Police next week about the complaint, which she says she filed Sunday. “I didn’t know him at all,” Villa said about Lewandowski, calling the interaction “disgusting and shocking and demeaning.” In March 2016, Lewandowski was charged with misdemeanor battery over an altercation with former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields. Though the charges were later dropped, Lewandowski was fired from the campaign in June 2016.

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Vice Media may be hailed as millennial digital-media darling covering edgy, hip topics, but its workplace culture is out-dated and rotten, according to a damning New York Times investigation published Saturday.

The investigation uncovered four settlements for alleged sexual harassment and defamation against the Brooklyn-based media company’s employees — including its president, Andrew Creighton.

The allegations include unwanted sexual advances, forced kissing and groping from the former head of Vice News, and a retaliatory firing after a woman rejected a relationship with Vice’s president Creighton.  Read more…

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Third Time’s No Charm, as Appeals Court Rules 3-0 Against President Trump’s ‘Travel Ban 3.0’

For one of President Donald Trump’s most controversial decrees, trouble has indeed come in threes. On Friday evening, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the third version of Trump’s efforts to bar nationals of six majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S. was a violation of federal law.

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Federal Judge Rules Against Trump Administration’s Contraception Rules

A federal judge from Pennsylvania issued a temporary injunction today against the Trump administration’s contraception coverage rules for the Affordable Care Act. The administration’s changes to the Obama-era birth control benefit would have allowed employers, universities and insurers to deny women comprehensive reproductive health care coverage by citing religious or moral objections—opening up existing loopholes to give employers and entire insurance companies the legal basis to discriminate against women.

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The Obama administration mandated that employers cover birth control for employees, putting an end to the all-too-common practice of women paying out of pocket for birth control and thusly saving them thousands over their lifetimes. According to a study conducted by The Guttmacher Institute, the widespread availability of contraceptive means has been proven beneficial in terms of the overall health and wellbeing of women and their families.

Today’s ruling tentatively upholds the regulations established by the Affordable Care Act. In issuing the ruling, Judge Wendy Beetlestone cited the states’ likelihood to “suffer serious and irreparable harm in the absence of a preliminary injunction.”

In October, the Trump administration announced that they would be rescinding those existing regulations on birth control, replacing them instead with new rules that would effectively end the life-saving coverage women have come to rely on. Feminist Majority president Eleanor Smeal called the Trump administration rules “a discriminatory attack on women.” The administration’s efforts are coupled with ongoing attacks on women’s reproductive health care by GOP lawmakers, including attempts to allow employers to forgo not only birth control coverage, but maternal heath care and abortion coverage and allowing employers to discriminate against employees who use coverage for abortion or contraception costs.

Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, applauded the ruling in a press release. “Thanks to a Pennsylvania court, the Trump Administration’s illegal and discriminatory rules allowing employers to take birth control coverage away from women has been blocked,” she said. “The battle is not over. We will continue fighting against these rules to ensure women get birth control coverage no matter where they work. Employers’ religious beliefs should never determine the care a woman receives.”

Sarah Alexander is a recent graduate of Cal State Northridge. In addition to being a writer, she is a visual and performing artist, and attempts to use film, music and online platforms to spark conversation about social activism. She is an anomalous LA native, which affects her personality in a plethora of unique ways.

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Eva Marcille’s Boyfriend to Defend Russell Simmons Against Rape Accusations

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Russell Simmons is the latest industry bigwig to be hit with multiple accusations of sexual assault. At least five different women have accused the Def Jam co-founder of various levels of inappropriate contact, from unwanted fondling to full blown rape.

Simmons will be represented in court by former Atlanta mayoral candidate Michael Sterling, who happens to be the boyfriend of model Eva Marcille. The couple are currently expecting their first child together. The hip hop icon is also being represented by attorney E. Carlos Tanner, according to The Jasmine Brand.

Earlier this month, Marcille defended Simmons on social media, saying it is unfair to condemn the music mogul based purely on accusations.

“Allegations and accusations are not facts…how quick we are to condemn an amazing man because of what someone says…what about his denial of these horrible accusations, do they not have weight? I know Russell to be an amazing upstanding man period.”

The father of two has already decided to step down from his various companies, with J.C. Penney and HBO disassociating themselves with his brand soon after allegations were made public.

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