Feminist Apparel CEO fires staff after sexual abuse surfaces

The CEO of activist clothing line Feminist Apparel fired his entire staff after they found out he was an admitted sexual abuser, according to a report. Alan Martofel — whose Philadelphia-based firm hawks T-shirts that proclaim, “Misogyny kills” and “Don’t tell me to smile”— admitted to forcing an unconscious woman to touch his genitals and…
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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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Paul Ryan spokesman on report Jim Jordan allegedly ignored sexual abuse at Ohio State: ‘These are serious allegations’

"The university has rightfully initiated a full investigation into the matter. The speaker will await the findings of that inquiry,” said Doug Andres, a spokesman for Paul Ryan.
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Olympic Gymnast Aly Raisman Has ‘Barely Worked Out’ After Larry Nassar Sexual Abuse Trial

(BOSTON) — Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman says she’s barely been able to work out since going public with allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of a former sports doctor.

The six-time Olympic medalist told The Improper Bostonian magazine, for a cover story published this week, that she’s still regrouping and recovering after confronting former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.

“In the past few months I’ve barely worked out, which for someone who loves working out, that’s saying a lot,” the magazine quoted Raisman as saying.

The 24-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 in Texas and at the 2012 Games in London. Hundreds of other women and girls have said they, too, were sexually assaulted by Nassar.

Nassar pleaded guilty to molesting women and girls under the guise that he was treating them for injuries. He is serving sentences that likely will keep him in prison for life.

Raisman, of Needham, Massachusetts, said she initially felt she was receiving medically necessary treatment by Nassar before realizing it was abuse. She has said she subsequently battled shame, guilt and depression.

“I could hold it together in court or whatever, but then I could barely hold my head up afterward,” she told the magazine, adding: “I’m constantly reliving my abuse.”

Raisman said she’s determined to continue speaking out on behalf of women who are abused or otherwise victimized.

“I feel grateful that I’m being listened to and I’m being heard, because I’ve met so many people who have said, ‘I spoke up but nobody listened,’” she said.

“I would like to be remembered for standing up for the right thing. It’s always more important to do the right thing than to win medals. I’d like to change this generation and the next generation so that by the time I have kids, everyone will be educated, so a child never, ever has to say the words, ‘Me too.’”

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50 Cent Lambasted for Mocking Terry Crews’ Sexual Assault

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Just hours before Terry Crews won universal plaudits for his powerful testimony on Capitol Hill about toxic masculinity, 50 Cent turned himself into the perfect case study.

The Brooklyn 99 star appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday to make the case to make the case for legislation known as the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights.

During his testimony, the actor gave a highly emotional account of his own experience of sexual assault, allegedly at the hands of Hollywood exec Adam Venit, who he said groped his genitals at a 2016 party.

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A new study found that sexual harassment is often used to purposefully create hostile work environments

A new study found that sexual harassment is often used to purposefully create hostile work environments


A new study found that sexual harassment is often used to purposefully create hostile work environments

With the rise of the MeToo movement and Time’s Up, the conversation around sexual harassment in the workplace is gaining more attention than ever. From making an outright proposition to inappropriate compliments and comments, in most industries, sexual harassment is finally getting the open conversation it should have gotten decades ago.

However, while we’re finally paying attention to harassment, researchers in industries across the world have been looking into abhorrent behavior and in the science academic community, the most pervasive form sexual harassment is belittling and sexists jokes and comments meant to dissuade women from pursuing a career in various scientific fields.

After two years of research, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released its study on sexual harassment in the science community, shedding light on what it has dubbed “gender harassment.”

Despite being the poster child of sexual harassment, the study found that outright sexual advances and propositions only made up a very small percentage of sexual harassment. Instead, the study done by University of Texas — one of the two university systems leading the study, the other being Pennsylvania State system — found that one of the most popular kind of harassment female students in the science, engineering, and medical students faced were the sexist and demeaning comments dissuading them from their studies due to their gender.

In fact, half of the female medical students and a quarter of female engineering students reported to hearing sexist comments about women’s ability to succeed in the industry. But while what the study has dubbed “sexual hostility” may seem distinct from sexual harassment, the study draws a direct comparison between the two.

While focused on the science community, this study is a frustrating, yet important look at how harassment is used in different ways, from outright unwanted advances to creating a hostile work environment and dissuading a women from pursuing certain industries.

Read National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s whole study on sexual harassment in the science community here.

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Talib Kweli’s Former Artist Res Says Her Music Wasn’t Released Because She Refused His Sexual Advances

An artist that was formerly signed to Talib Kweli’s Javotti Media record label has took to Twitter to expose his unprofessional practices behind close doors.

In a series of tweets, Res, a soul singer who was a part the group …

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Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself In, Charged with Rape and Sexual Abuse of Two Women [Video]

Harvey Weinstein turned himself into the NYPD this morning and walked out in cuffs on the way to court.

He has officially been charged with rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving 2 separate women.

via TMZ:

Weinstein arrived to the NYPD’s 1st Precinct Friday morning flanked by marshals and was then taken to court in handcuffs where he was scheduled to be arraigned.

According to the complaint, Weinstein was charged with “engaging in sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion.”  That is the basis of the rape charge involving an unidentified woman.  The allegation … on March 18, 2013, “defendant kept informant physically against her will in a room and engaged in sexual intercourse with informant by forcible compulsion, to wit, defendant penetrated informant’s vagina with his penis and, at the time of the incident informant had clearly expressed her lack of consent to the act.”

The incident involving the other woman — Lucia Evans — involved a 2004 incident where “defendant forced informant to engage in oral sexual conduct, to wit, defendant grabbed the back of informant’s head forcing her head downward and forcing her mouth onto his penis.”

Weinstein’s bail was set at $ 10 million … he was released after posting $ 1 million cash and was fitted with a monitoring device which will track his movements. If he wants to travel beyond New York or Connecticut, he has to get approval from the judge.  He also surrendered his passport.

Although Weinstein didn’t enter a plea today, his lawyer, Ben Brafman, says, “Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone. Nothing about today’s proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein’s position. Mr. Weinstein maintains that he is Not Guilty of the charges filed today and is confident that he will be fully exonerated.”

Brafman said Weinstein may be guilty of bad behavior but not criminal conduct, adding his client did not invent the casting couch … it’s been around for a long time.

The judge also issued a temporary order of protection … prohibiting Weinstein from contacting one of the alleged victims.   It’s unclear why the order was not prohibiting contact with both accusers. 

The NYPD released a statement, saying, “The NYPD thanks these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice.”

Evans is just one of dozens of women who have come forward with allegations against the disgraced movie mogul.

The U.S. Attorney in NYC is also investigating Weinstein but so far they have not filed charges.  

It’s about time.

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Morgan Freeman Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Actor Morgan Freeman has been accused of inappropriate behavior and harassment by several women, CNN reports. In an investigation made by the news source, 16 individuals were interviewed and many have revealed that they were either victims or witnesses of these inappropriate acts.

The report also claims that the actions took place while Freeman was promoting his movies, on various film sets, and at Revelations Entertainment, his production company. Allegations of unwanted touching and inappropriate comments were made by one production assistant. The individual divulged that the Going in Style actor made attempts of “lifting up” her skirt while asking if she was wearing underwear. She said Freeman also kept commenting on her figure daily.

Another incident in the report tells of Freeman behaving inappropriately at a film wrap party. A third woman describes, “He was looking at my breasts, and I told him, ‘My eyes are up here.’ Then we went to take a group photo and he pressed himself up against me. It was inappropriate.”

Some reporters have also stepped forward about the advances made by Freeman. Entertainment producer Tyra Martin who had interviewed Freeman several times before and said she was used to his flirtatious antics revealed that he did eventually cross the line. She said on a meeting with Freeman, “When I stood up, I pulled my skirt part of my dress down and he did say, ‘Oh, don’t pull it down now.” Martin continued, “That gave me pause but I never felt uncomfortable.”

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‘Show Dogs’ sparks criticism over perceived message about sexual abuse

A nonprofit group says a children’s film about a Rottweiler police dog who tries to infiltrate the world of dog shows is sending a “troubling message that grooms children for sexual abuse,” according to a statement made Tuesday.


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Chef Mario Batali being investigated over sexual assault accusations

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Celebrity chef Mario Batali is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault dating back to 2005, police said on Monday, as a report emerged of a inquiry into to a second assault accusation against him in 2004.


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Uber, Lyft will let customers take sexual assault claims to court

Ride-share apps Uber and Lyft will no longer bar customers from taking them to court over sex-assault claims, the companies announced Tuesday. Customers previously waived many of their rights when signing up for the services. In addition to only being able to pursue claims against the firms through internal arbitration, riders weren’t allowed to even…
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Democratic Congressman Denies Sexual Assault Allegations

A lawyer for Congressman Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif., released a statement Thursday vehemently denying allegations the Democratic lawmaker sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl more than a decade ago. Cárdenas’ attorney Patricia Glaser called the allegations “100%, categorically untrue.”
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American actress Ashley Judd sues Harvey Weinstein for defamation, sexual harassment

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood actress Ashley Judd on Monday filed a defamation and sexual harassment lawsuit against film producer Harvey Weinstein, alleging that he damaged her movie career after she refused his sexual advances.


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Ex-BOA exec claims his whistleblowing led to bogus sexual harassment claims

A former Bank of America executive who was accused of sexual harassment filed a $ 100 million arbitration claim against the bank, accusing it of concocting phony allegations against him because he was a whistleblower. Omeed Malik, who ran the bank’s prime brokerage desk until January, claims in a roughly 150-page arbitration filing he was ousted…
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Why does de Blasio keep closing his eyes to sexual misconduct?

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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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In #MeToo’s shadow, Cosby awaits verdict in sexual assault trial

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – The case against Bill Cosby, the man once known as “America’s Dad,” is now in the hands of a jury charged with deciding whether the comedian is guilty of drugging and molesting a onetime friend at his Pennsylvania home more than a decade ago.
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U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Coach Martha Karolyi Says There’s ‘No Way’ She Suspected Sexual Abuse By Larry Nassar

(NEW YORK) — Former USA Gymnastics women’s national team coordinator Martha Karolyi and husband Bela tell NBC they were unaware of the abusive behavior by a former national team doctor now serving decades in prison.

Martha Karolyi led the national team for 15 years before retiring after the 2016 Rio Olympics. She tells Savannah Guthrie in “no way” did she suspect Larry Nassar was sexually abusing athletes under the guise of treatment.

“The whole gymnastics community couldn’t recognize this,” Martha Karolyi said in an excerpt provided to The Associated Press on Friday by NBC. “Everybody said, ‘Larry Nassar is a good doctor. Larry Nassar is a good guy.’”

The Karolyis spoke as part of a Dateline NBC special entitled “Silent No More” scheduled to air Sunday. The one-hour special, the first prime-time event hosted by Guthrie, takes a look at the fallout from revelations about years of abuse by Nassar involving hundreds of former athletes, including several members of the U.S. Olympic team.

The Karolyis have been named as co-defendants in several civil lawsuits filed against Nassar and USA Gymnastics. Several victims, including two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney, say they were abused at the Karolyi’s Ranch near Houston. The ranch served as the training home for USA Gymnastics during most of Martha Karolyi’s highly successful tenure running the national team.

Guthrie spent hours with the Karolyis at the ranch after the couple agreed to speak publicly for the first time since Martha Karolyi’s retirement following the 2016 Olympics.

“I think they felt like it was time for them to tell their side of the story,” Guthrie said. “I think they’ve watched and seen as their reputation has really taken a hit and people have asked a lot of questions about what they knew and just as importantly what they should have known.”

Guthrie said she was “surprised” the Karolyis came forward despite the potential legal fallout.

“They answered every question,” Guthrie said. “At no time did their lawyer jump in and say ‘You can’t answer that.’”

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. Nassar is now serving decades in prison for molesting women and girls and for possessing child pornography.

Nassar was already established in the program when Martha Karolyi took over. He would visit the ranch during national team training sessions and also accompany the team to events around the world. Maroney said she was abused “hundreds” of times by Nassar.

Martha Karolyi denied having any knowledge about Nassar’s pattern of abuse.

“I heard during the testimonies (at Nassar’s sentencing) that some of the parents were in the therapy room with their own child and Larry Nassar was performing this,” Martha Karolyi told Guthrie. “And the parent couldn’t see. How I could see?”

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‘Larry Was a Monster.’ Gymnast McKayla Maroney Speaks for the First Time About Sexual Abuse by Team Doctor

Olympic champion McKayla Maroney is speaking publicly for the first time about the sexual abuse she experienced by gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.

“We know Larry was a monster,” she said at a luncheon for the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), in an on-stage discussion with the group’s executive director Mary Pulido. “I never should have met him.”

Maroney is one of four members of the Fierce Five U.S. women’s gymnastics team that won gold at the London Olympics in 2012. In October 2017, she was the first of her teammates to reveal, in a tweet, that she was abused by Nassar. Since then, her teammates Aly Raisman, Gabrielle Douglas and Jordyn Wieber have also said they were sexually abused by Nassar. USA Gymnastics allowed Nassar to accompany the team to World Championships and Olympic competitions as well as monthly training sessions held at the Karolyi ranch, the national training center, in Houston, Tex.

Raisman and Wieber appeared at Nassar’s sentencing hearing in January to make victim impact statements, and Maroney submitted a written statement as well. While Nassar is currently serving 175 years in prison on state and federal charges of criminal sexual behavior; the president of USAG and USOC at the time have resigned; and USAG no longer holds training sessions at the Karolyi ranch, Maroney and her Fierce Five teammates say more needs to be done to ensure that the culture of ignoring and not acting on complaints of sexual abuse, not just by a national team doctor but by any adult working with gymnasts in any gym, is changed. “We can’t have blind faith in institutions any more,” she said, calling on USA Gymnastics to “completely rebuild and start over” in order to ensure the safety of gymnasts.

Echoing criticism her teammates have launched at those who failed to protect them from Nassar, in her first public remarks Maroney called out USA Gymnastics, the sport’s national governing body, the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), and Michigan State University (MSU), where Nassar was also on the faculty, for failing to take responsibility for Nassar’s abuse. In a lawsuit Maroney filed against USA Gymnastics, USOC, MSU and Nassar, she also revealed that USA Gymnastics paid a settlement to her and her family to resolve her complaints about Nassar.

“They demanded excellence from us but didn’t give it to us,” Maroney said at the luncheon of those organizations. “The team won gold in spite of USA Gymnastics, the USOC, and MSU. They don’t build champions, they break them. We need to change that.”

Maroney said she was inspired to open up about her sexual abuse by the #MeToo movement, which was catalyzed by women coming forward about sexual abuse they experienced by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. “I felt this was my moment, and having competed at the Olympics, I almost felt it was my duty to come forward so gymnasts in the future don’t need to struggle and deal with the repercussions of sexual abuse,” she said.

As a gymnast, “I was taught that I wasn’t supposed to say anything,” she said about her years of silence about the abuse she said began when she was 13 years old and continued until she left competitive gymnastics in 2016. Speaking up about her experience, she said, was like “lifting a weight off my shoulders. I don’t think there is anything more freeing.”

During the years of abuse, she said her parents “didn’t know at all,” since she trusted Nassar and USA Gymnastics, and believed they were looking out for her best interests and helping her fulfill her dream of competing at the Olympics.

Maroney described how the abuse has affected her life, saying that she is healing “day by day,” and at times questions whether her gymnastics career was worth the price of becoming a victim of sexual abuse. But, she continued, “If there is one thing gymnastics teaches you, it’s that you get up when you fall. We can’t give up [the fight] to end sexual abuse.”

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‘You know what you did,’ witness tells Cosby at sexual assault trial

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – The judge in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial on Wednesday refused a defense request that he declare a mistrial after one of the accusers called as a prosecution witness blurted out, “You know what you did, don’t you, Mr. Cosby?”
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‘You know what you did,’ witness tells Cosby at sexual assault trial

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – The judge in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial on Wednesday refused a defense request that he declare a mistrial after one of the accusers called as a prosecution witness blurted out, “You know what you did, don’t you, Mr. Cosby?”


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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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#MeToo casts long shadow over Cosby’s sexual assault retrial

(Reuters) – When Bill Cosby’s retrial on sexual assault charges begins on Monday, the man once known as “America’s Dad” will face the same judge and district attorney in the same Pennsylvania courtroom as he did last June when a hung jury failed to reach a verdict.
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Judge will not remove himself from Cosby’s sexual assault retrial

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – The judge presiding over U.S. comedian Bill Cosby’s trial for sexual assault accusations refused on Thursday to remove himself from the case, rejecting defense attorney concerns over his wife being an advocate for sexual assault victims.


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Ed Westwick Removes Sexual Assault Denials From Social Media 

Ed Westwick has deleted statements he posted on social media denying sexual assault allegations made against him.

“It has come to the attention of investigators that Mr. Westwick has removed denials about alleged rapes of the victims in this investigation from his social media accounts that he had posted last November,” a law enforcement source tells Us Weekly. It’s not clear when the English actor wiped his posts but the news comes four days after the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office confirmed that his case was under review.

Us has also learned that Westwick has hired a high-profile L.A.-based female criminal lawyer to represent him. A source close to Westwick tells Us, “It’s his lawyer’s policy for people to not use social media.”

As previously reported, the Gossip Girl alum, 30, has been accused of sexual misconduct by three women — allegations he denied at the time on Twitter. Kristen Cohen alleged in November 2017 that Westwick raped her after a producer introduced her to the actor in 2014. Westwick wrote in a now-deleted tweet, “I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape.”

Actress Aurelie Wynn later detailed a similar 2014 incident on Facebook, claiming the Wicked City actor pushed her face down and assaulted her. Another woman, Rachel Eck subsequently told Buzzfeed that the actor had aggressively groped her.

“It is disheartening and sad to me that as a result of two unverified and provably untrue social media claims, there are some in this environment who could ever conclude I have had anything to do with such vile and horrific conduct,” he wrote in a now-deleted tweet in response to Wynn and Eck’s claims. “I have absolutely not, and I am cooperating with the authorities so that they can clear my name as soon as possible.”

In light of the allegations, Westwick was fired from BBC’s Ordeal by Innocence.

With reporting by Jen Heger

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Where Have All The Good Men Gone? Include Them in Sexual Violence Prevention

The fallout since the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month has included good guy vs. bad guy diatribes in the conversations on violence.

Discussions of the shooter’s mental health, his alliance to white supremacist groups and warning signs around his behaviors in a culture of toxic masculinity are in contrast to the actions of the heroic teachers, rescue workers, medical personnel and teen survivors.

The sweeping use of toxic masculinity as causal may have unintended consequences if it is used to imply that all masculinity is inherently toxic. This is particularly important in context of the concurrent #MeToo movement and solutions to halt sexual violence. The implication that all men are part of the problem of all kinds of violence may result in the exclusion of good men from the conversation about stopping violence—including sexual violence and harassment.

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Certainly many men’s groups such as MenEngage Alliance, The Good Men Project, Men Stopping Violence and others are actively involved in engaging men in the fight against sexual violence. Women like Mona Charen at CPAC continue to call on men and women to decry harassment when they see it.

Yet some men may avoid being involved in the #MeToo movement if they identify as one of the “good guys” and are upset at being falsely lumped into the culture of toxic masculinity.

Being a good guy or good person is more nuanced than a simple classification based on whether or not the individual has abused someone. This is evident when someone who does good work like the CEO of the Humane Society or members of charities such as the Red Cross and Oxfam are accused of sexual violence. Yet even though most men are not predators, the behaviors of those who are have created a culture of fear among women.

The reality is that sexual harassment and violence is primarily an epidemic for women. As many as 85 percent of women and 19 percent of men say they have been sexually harassed. Additionally a 2018 study found that 27 percent of women report a history of sexual assault, compared to seven percent of men. Most of the time both women’s and men’s assailants are men.

As a forensic expert and researcher on sexual harassment and assault for over 10 years, I know that sexual violence is largely a woman’s problem because women are the most frequent targets of such violence. However, the effective reduction of sexual violence requires that men also see such violence as a man’s problem in a way that does not alienate men.

That is not just because men are the typical perpetrators of such violence, or because some men are also victimized, but because men have the power to help stop sexual violence.  When men see it or before it happens, men can intervene.

Women need men as allies in the fight against sexual violence. And if women and men are going to work together to stop sexual violence, we need to include non-abusive men in conversations about the solution. However, public accounts of men who have intervened to stop sexual violence are largely absent. Male perpetrators of violence are more often the focus of attention following the #MeToo movement.

An Australian journalist recently created the #HowIWillChange hashtag for men to engage in the movement against sexual violence. It did not garner the same popularity as the #MeToo hashtag. This may be because use of the hashtag would require men who see themselves as good men to have to admit that they are not good enough and thus need to change.

In order for more men to engage in the fight against sexual violence, they need to feel welcomed into the fight. This sense of welcomeness may come from increased sharing of stories about men intervening to stop sexual violence.

Saying that not all men are bad distracts attention away from the serious problem of sexual violence and does not address the cause of sexual violence. Not every account of sexual violence needs to include a discussion about non-abusive men. But focusing public conversation solely on all the bad things that men have done and the culture of violence against women may inadvertently portray men as the enemy of women. This portrayal excludes non-abusive men from the conversation about finding a solution to sexual violence.

Men can be included in bystander intervention programs as this can effectively reduce sexual violence. Early and continued education that teaches men and women to intervene when witnessing sexual misconduct and about how to obtain affirmative and enthusiastic consent before engaging in sexual behaviors is also vital. This education however must avoid the implication that all males are complicit in sexual violence.

Placing images of naked women with powerful antiviolence sentiments on their bodies in between pages of a men’s magazine with other scantily clad women seems an ineffective way to include men in the conversation about sexual violence. Teaching young boys that girls can’t say no to their requests to dance is also problematic.

We cannot rewrite history to ignore the fact that a culture of violence by men against women has existed for generations in the U.S. and in the world. However, welcoming men into a conversation that accepts these hurtful truths must include a focus on how old socially constructed ideals of masculinity and femininity oppress both women and men.

In order to help stop sexual violence, men don’t need to be told to be part of the solution. They need to feel included as part of a team. It is only by working together to achieve a mutually beneficial goal that we can prevent sexual violence. Without gender-inclusive teamwork, the #MeToo movement will not reach effective solutions.

Dr. Angela Lawson is a forensic expert in sexual violence and is clinical psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology & Psychiatry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and is a Public Voices Fellow through The OpEd Project.

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John Oliver is not a fan of Jared Kushner.

Last April, the Last Week Tonight host ran a lengthy segment on how the president’s son-in-law and his wife, Ivanka, are wildly unqualified for their positions as White House advisers and should not be seen as moderating influences on President Trump, concluding, “If they are the reason you are sleeping at night, you should probably still be awake.” Some months later, Oliver wished Kushner would be indicted by special prosecutor Robert Mueller in his ongoing Trump-Russia probe.

On Sunday night, while his late-night pal Jimmy Kimmel hosted the Academy Awards, Oliver dedicated a chunk of his HBO program to the past week of White House chaos, which “even by current White House standards was a mess.”

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Ryan Seacrest will still be hosting E!’s Oscars red carpet amid sexual abuse allegations

But how will it go down on the night?

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US TV presenter Ryan Seacrest is a staple of award show season, hosting the E! network’s coverage and interviewing A-list celebrities on the red carpet.

While the Oscars 2018 is one of Ryan’s busiest gigs, with his red carpet interviews being a regular Academy Awards fixture, there was talk that they might be axed this year, after sexual abuse allegations against the 43-year-old emerged.

It was announced this week however that Ryan would stay at the helm of the show as scheduled, after a ‘comprehensive and thorough’ investigation.

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The allegations in question came from a former E! News wardrobe stylist who reported to Variety that Seacrest had behaved sexually aggressively towards her for years, something that Seacrest has denied.

‘Much has been said about the #MeToo and Times Up movement(s) and the importance of providing women and men with the opportunity to share their stories of workplace misconduct, in an effort to change our culture and the systemic inequalities that exist,’ Ryan announced in a previous statement. ‘I absolutely support this cause unequivocally and applaud all the brave souls who have come forward to share their stories.’

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He continued: ‘Sadly, last fall I became one of the accused, which I promptly revealed proactively to the network involved and to the public. And to be equally clear, those accusations were then investigated by an independent third-party over the course of a two-month process and involved dozens of interviews that included me, the accused and countless others. Ultimately, my name was cleared. I eagerly participated in the investigation in order to demonstrate my innocence because I know my truth, and I believe in due process.’

E!’s investigation was extremely comprehensive and thorough,’ the network announced in a recent statement. ‘Over the course of a two-month process, our outside counsel interviewed more than two dozen people regarding the allegations, including multiple separate meetings with the claimant and all firsthand witnesses that she provided. The investigator is an attorney with nearly 20 years experience and is highly regarded professionally. Any claims that question the legitimacy of this investigation are completely baseless.’

Confirming Ryan Seacrest’s return to his 2018 Oscars hosting duties, the network confirmed to The Cut on the same day that the red carpet pre-show would go ahead as planned on Sunday.

‘I don’t want to accuse anyone of not telling the truth,’ Ryan announced, addressing the accusations, according to The Wrap. ‘But in this case, I have no choice but to again deny the claims against me, remind people that I was recused of any wrongdoing, and put the matter to rest.’

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Ryan Seacrest Denies Sexual Abuse Claims From Former Stylist

Ryan Seacrest has denied his former personal stylist’s new claims of sexual abuse, after she came forward publicly to detail his alleged misconduct, following an internal investigation by E! in which her complaint was dismissed.

“I don’t want to accuse anyone of not telling the truth but in this case, I have no choice but to again deny the claims against me, remind people that I was recused of any wrongdoing, and put the matter to rest,” Seacrest said in a statement to TheWrap on Tuesday.

The denial comes after Suzie Hardy, who started working as Seacrest’s personal stylist at E! News in 2006, told Variety on Monday that the TV host had sexually harassed her for years. Hardy’s claims include unwanted, sexually aggressive touching and groping by Seacrest. Hardy claimed she was fired after reporting the alleged sexual abuse to the company’s human resources department in 2013.

The sexual misconduct allegations were originally made public in November by Seacrest, who issued a statement denying the accusations.

“Recently, someone that worked as a wardrobe stylist for me nearly a decade ago at E! News, came forward with a complaint suggesting I behaved inappropriately toward her,” he said at the time. “If I made her feel anything but respected, I am truly sorry. I dispute these reckless allegations and I plan to cooperate with any corporate inquiries that may result.”

Seacrest, who hosts ABC’s Live With Kelly & Ryan, appeared on the show Tuesday but did not mention the new allegations.

E! issued a statement in January saying there was insufficient evidence to support the accusations against Seacrest. The network said Seacrest will continue to host the Oscars’ red carpet pre-show event at the 2018 Academy Awards, and a spokesperson for ABC said the network will still stand by the host.


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Parents Are Getting More Involved in Youth Sports in the Wake of U.S. Sexual Abuse Scandals

(SEATTLE) — With Olympic prodigies having just dazzled audiences worldwide, parents in the U.S. are reconciling the thrill of the gold with their fears from recent sexual abuse scandals in elite youth sports.

Shannon Stabbert said her 6-year-old daughter wants to be a gymnast, but the Seattle mother has decided to put her in a martial-arts program instead.

“I have no doubt she will be quite amazing at gymnastics,” Stabbert said. “I just don’t feel like it’s a mentally, physically, emotionally healthy sport for girls.”

High-profile cases of sexual abuse and other predatory behavior in gymnastics, swimming and other sports have jolted many parents who believe athletics can be an important part of their child’s development. Some now feel compelled to be more cautious in monitoring their child’s contact with coaches and other adults.

Experts say the spotty rules and certifications for coaches and glorification of sports culture can make children who feel pressure to achieve even more vulnerable. No longer a casual pastime, sports teams can leave kids as young as 5 in the care of undertrained, undersupervised coaches.

Emmett Gill, a professor at the University of Texas and expert on the personal development of student-athletes, said success often means children leave their communities to compete, which can leave them at more risk.

“It’s clear that the coach’s responsibility, and their permanent goal, is to win, and that can sacrifice protecting vulnerable children,” Gill said. “We really have forgotten about that good, old neighborhood team. Now youth sports is a bunch of strangers on teams with the best athletes, with the purpose of winning.”

One national organization trying to prevent abuse of young athletes is the U.S. Center for SafeSport, a Denver-based nonprofit that formed last year.

It launched following the initial allegations of sexual abuse against Larry Nassar, the disgraced sports doctor for USA Gymnastics who will spend his life in prison after admitting he molested some of the nation’s top gymnasts under the guise of medical treatment.

The U.S. Olympic Committee developed SafeSport, but it’s now an independent organization that works with law enforcement to investigate abuse allegations for the 49 Olympic and Paralympic sports.

In addition to offering an online link for anonymous abuse reports, SafeSport also provides educational and training material for youth leagues nationwide. The goal is to prevent abuse altogether.

“We have got to get upstream and do more to educate athletes, to educate parents, to educate coaches and to educate sport administrators,” SafeSport CEO Shellie Pfohl said. “I want every parent to know what questions they should be asking when they sign their child up.”

Since its inception, SafeSport has received 470 reports of either emotional or physical abuse, including 165 reports this year and 222 active investigations overall. In some cases, the organization didn’t have jurisdiction over a youth league to investigate an allegation.

Youth leagues outside Olympic and Paralympic sports don’t have a national organization to investigate reports of physical abuse, harassment, hazing and other issues. Many of those leagues have spent years trying to mute overreaching parents through codes of conduct but now have to walk the line between input and child safety.

“There’s a balance between appropriate parental involvement and engagement, meaning are there overzealous parents who may upset the team dynamic or be inappropriate in terms of their treatment of the coach or athletes, and balancing that with parental due diligence,” Pfohl said. “We want parents to be empowered to not only ask these questions but to hold people accountable.”

Gill, the expert on student-athlete development, urges all sports programs to create safety guidelines that clearly indicate the protocol for adults who suspect abuse. Though teachers and doctors must report it, coaches and volunteers do not.

“If we’re really about youth development and character development, this is going to be in front — and the most important part — of our bylaws,” Gill said.

Even the regulators are not immune. The chief safety officer of USA Swimming, Susan Woessner, announced last week that she was resigning after revealing she had kissed a coach accused of sexual abuse and later assisted in the governing body’s investigation of him.

Sean Hutchinson is under criminal investigation after Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors said he abused her as a minor. Woessner said she wasn’t in a relationship with Hutchinson.

USA Swimming also issued a letter to parents saying it had failed members and its system was “not flawless” and vowing to “ensure that there is never a lapse of a support system again.”

For many parents, they say they will look to set more boundaries and ask more questions.

“Sometimes you kind of wonder: Am I missing something as parent? Am I not looking? Am I not asking the right questions? Am I trusting too much?” said Lara Mae Chollette, a Seattle mother of three.

Chollette, who works in human resources, said she’s also wondered lately whether parents should stay for lengthy practices. If someone else is watching her kids, she finds out the ages of the other siblings who may come along. Her husband also has made a rule against taking responsibility for another child for overnight trips.

As a coach herself of youth soccer and basketball, Chollette said she knows the schedules, other parents and how people come and go from the sports facilities, which is helpful.

“It’s truly a commitment for us,” Chollette said of attending every practice, game and trip. “We see it as an educational element for our kids. There are things in sports that a teacher can’t teach. There are things in sports that life can’t teach.”

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Stars accused of sexual harassment and assault

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Jeffrey Tambor Has Been Fired From Transparent Over Allegations of Sexual Harassment

UPDATE: Tambor issued a statement to EW in which he says he is “profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations” against him. He continued: “I am even more disappointed in Jill Soloway’s unfair characterization of me as someone who would ever cause harm to any of my fellow cast mates. In our four-year history of working together on this incredible show, these accusations have NEVER been revealed or discussed directly with me or anyone at Amazon. Therefore, I can only surmise that the investigation against me was deeply flawed and biased toward the toxic politicized atmosphere that afflicted our set. As I have consistently stated, I deeply regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone and I will continue to vehemently defend myself. I also deeply regret that this ground-breaking show, which changed so many lives, is now in jeopardy. That, to me, is the biggest heartbreak.”

EARLIER: More than three months after opening an investigation into sexual harassment claims against Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor, Amazon has officially fired the 73-year-old actor, EW has confirmed.

Tambor, who has won two Best Actor Emmy awards and a Golden Globe for his performance on the series as a transgender woman who comes out late in life, has been accused of harassment by Transparent guest star Trace Lysette as well as a former assistant.

“I have great respect and admiration for Van Barnes and Trace Lysette, whose courage in speaking out about their experience on Transparent is an example of the leadership this moment in our culture requires,” creator Jill Soloway said Thursday in a statement provided to EW. “We are grateful to the many trans people who have supported our vision for Transparent since its inception and remain heartbroken about the pain and mistrust their experience has generated in our community. We are taking definitive action to ensure our workplace respects the safety and dignity of every individual, and are taking steps to heal as a family.”

In a previous statement, Tambor said, “I know I haven’t always been the easiest person to work with. I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact. But I have never been a predator — ever.”

A few weeks after the accusations were made public and the investigation was underway, Tambor appeared to remove himself from the series. “Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” he said in the statement. “What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago. I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue. Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.

Despite his assertion, a representative for Tambor later said “no final decision” had yet been made. The future of one of Amazon’s flagship shows had also been uncertain, but star Judith Light and producer-distributor Amazon recently confirmed that season 5 ofTransparent is in the works.

Deadline first reported the news of Tambor’s departure.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York’s attorney general sued the Weinstein Company and Harvey Weinstein on Sunday alleging years of sexual harassment and misconduct by the movie producer, in a move that could jeopardize talks on a potential sale of the studio.
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The model Kate Upton has accused Paul Marciano, the co-founder of jeans company Guess, of using “his power in the industry to sexually and emotionally harass women.”

Upton made the allegations under the #metoo banner on Twitter and Instagram Wednesday night.

Marciano is one of four French brothers who co-founded Guess, a brand which did much to reimagine denim as a fashion textile rather than a workman’s uniform, thanks in large part to a series of celebrated and provocative advertising campaigns.

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Republic Records’ President Has Been Suspended While Sexual Harassment Allegations Are Investigated

(LOS ANGELES) — Republic Records has put its president on leave after a former employee accused him of sexual harassment in an open letter posted on her website.

The company released a statement Wednesday saying Charlie Walk is on leave pending an investigation into recent allegations.

Tristan Coopersmith says Walk regularly made lewd comments to her during the year she worked for him. She also says he put his hand on her thigh and once pushed her onto a bed.

Republic Records says it has hired an independent law firm to investigate the matter and encouraged any affected employees to meet with them.

Walk’s status as a cast member on Fox’s “The Four” remains unclear. The show debuted earlier this month.

A representative for Walk did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.


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Billionaire Steve Wynn Resigns as RNC Finance Chair Amid Sexual Harassment Claims

(WASHINGTON) — Billionaire Steve Wynn has stepped down as Republican National Committee finance chair, the RNC’s chairwoman said, a day after reports that the casino magnate had engaged in multiple instances of sexual harassment.

The decision may be a blow to the Republican Party’s fundraising as it gears up for midterm elections in November with an unpopular president as its standard-bearer.

“Today I accepted Steve Wynn’s resignation as Republican National Committee finance chair,” the RNC’s Ronna Romney McDaniel said in a statement. Wynn’s departure was first reported by Politico.

Wynn, the founder of Wynn Resorts Ltd., paid $ 7.5 million to settle claims brought by a former manicurist at his Las Vegas resort who said he pressured her to have sex with him, the Wall Street Journal said Friday. The report contained numerous other allegations of harassment and coercion by other women.

Wynn, who turns 76 on Saturday, denied the allegations. “The idea that I ever assaulted any woman is preposterous,” he said in a statement.

The board of directors of Wynn Resorts met and formed a special committee comprised of independent directors to investigate the allegations, according to a statement issued by the board.

‘Deeply Committed’

“The board is deeply committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all of the company’s employees and to operating with the highest ethical standards,” it said in the statement.

Committee members contacted by Bloomberg said they first learned of the allegations from news reports. One, who asked not to be identified because he wasn’t authorized to speak for the party, said that in his view the Republican Party couldn’t keep Wynn in such a high-profile position given the nature of the accusations.

Under Wynn, the RNC set a fundraising record in 2017 for a non-election year. It ended November with $ 33.5 million more in the bank than its Democratic counterpart, thanks in part to the big donors Wynn can attract.

“Most of the credit for the cash on hand advantage goes to chairwoman McDaniel and her team. But Wynn was certainly a part of the success. He will be hard to replace, especially mid-cycle,” said Dan Eberhart, chief executive officer of oilfield services firm Canary LLC and a Republican fundraiser. “It’s another worry the Republicans don’t need.”

Reaching Women

The allegations come at a delicate time for the party, which needs to maintain its financial edge as it faces a wave of retiring House incumbents and an expensive Senate race in Florida.

The party is also struggling to improve its standing with women after its reputation was bruised last year in Alabama. Roy Moore, the party’s candidate for what had been one of its safest Senate seats, lost after allegations arose that he had sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl when he was in his mid-30s and had pursued other teenagers.

Republicans also have to contend with the fact that President Donald Trump, who personally asked Wynn to be the party’s top fundraiser, came under fire in 2016 for a video in which he made lewd comments while taping the television program “Access Hollywood” in 2005. Separately, 19 women have accused the president of sexual misconduct.

Democratic Departures

As powerful men across an array of industries have been accused of harassing and abusing women, both parties have had to deal with misconduct allegations in their ranks. Democrats forced high-profile incumbents, including Senator Al Franken of Minnesota and Representative John Conyers of Michigan, to resign.

Among Republics, Representative Blake Farenthold of Texas decided not to seek re-election after a report surfaced that he used $ 84,000 of taxpayer money to settle a sexual-harassment complaint brought by a former aide.

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Republicans have been critical of Democrats for accepting money from the movie producer Harvey Weinstein, who was a prolific fundraiser for the party as well. In response to the allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein, the RNC’s McDaniel tweeted that returning his money “would be a no-brainer.”

According to the Journal, which said it had contacted more than 150 people who worked with Wynn, he coerced the manicurist and massage therapists to perform sex acts for $ 1,000 tips.

In his statement denying the allegations, Wynn told the Journal that it was “deplorable for anyone to find themselves in this situation.”

The RNC didn’t respond to requests for comment. Michael Weaver, a spokesman for Wynn Resorts, declined to say whether he would remain at the RNC.

Remaining Silent

Democrats were quick to pounce. “They remain silent amid sexual assault allegations involving Steve Wynn, one of their party’s most senior officials,” spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said in a statement. “We believe that women must be empowered and respected.”

Wynn and Trump have a long history. They competed in the Atlantic City casino market two decades ago — a period that included a fierce court battle. They have since made amends, though Wynn has said he didn’t fully embrace Trump until he had already won.

Wynn said Trump asked him to be the committee’s finance chairman before the inauguration. His duties include building a national network of fundraisers and courting major donors, who increasingly have more options amid the rise of outside groups that can raise and spend unlimited sums.

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Wynn resigns as RNC finance chair after sexual misconduct allegations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn resigned as finance chairman of the Republican Party’s fundraising arm on Saturday, a day after a newspaper reported that he routinely subjected women who worked for him to unwanted sexual advances.


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Dozens Recount Pattern of Sexual Misconduct by Vegas Mogul Steve Wynn

Wynn Resorts employees and others interviewed by The Wall Street Journal described a CEO who sexualized his workplace and pressured workers to perform sex acts. Steve Wynn responded: “The idea that I ever assaulted any woman is preposterous.”
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(Reuters) – The remaining directors of the U.S. gymnastics governing body are resigning in the wake of this week’s sentencing of the former national team doctor for molesting female athletes, USA Gymnastics said on Friday, complying with a demand by the U.S. Olympic Committee.


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WWE’s Enzo Amore Fired Following Sexual Assault Allegation

(PHOENIX) — WWE star Enzo Amore has been fired by the wrestling promotion after a woman alleged on Twitter that he raped her and police opened a sexual assault investigation.

The company said in a statement that Amore, whose real name is Eric Arndt, was fired Tuesday after initially being suspended.

Police told Phoenix television station ABC-TV that Arndt is being investigated in an alleged assault at a downtown hotel in October. Police say the accusation was reported to authorities from a local hospital several days after the alleged assault, but did not release other details.

WWE said in its statement suspending Arndt that it has zero tolerance for matters involving sexual harassment or sexual assault.

The woman who made the accusation shared a graphic account on Twitter, saying she was plied with drugs and left alone with the wrestler by his friends.

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Bill Cosby Performs in Public for First Time In Nearly 3 Years Ahead of Sexual Assault Retrial

(PHILADELPHIA) — Bill Cosby has performed in public for the first time since sex scandals embroiled him in 2015, telling stories and honoring old friends in his hometown on Monday as a spring retrial looms in his criminal sexual assault case.

The 80-year-old entertainer took the stage Monday night at a Philadelphia jazz club in his first public performance since May 2015. His last comedy tour ended amid protests as about 60 women were coming forward to accuse him of drugging and molesting them over five decades, something he has denied.

Cosby is scheduled for an April 2 retrial on charges he drugged and molested a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He has pleaded not guilty and remains free on bail. His first trial ended with a hung jury last year. Jury selection for his retrial will start March 29.

Cosby’s spokesman notified reporters of the comedy performance about two hours before he was to take the stage at the LaRose Jazz Club. The show was part of a program honoring jazz musician Tony Williams.

The performance is Cosby’s latest step back into the spotlight he’s mostly shied from since his December 2005 arrest.

Two weeks ago, Cosby invited reporters to tag along as he ate dinner with old friends at a Philadelphia restaurant.

Over the weekend, Cosby’s social media featured photos of him visiting a barber and a cafe in the area and showing support for the Philadelphia Eagles, who won Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the Minnesota Vikings and secured a spot in the Super Bowl.


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USA Gymnastics Board Members Resign Amid Larry Nassar Sexual Abuse Scandal

Three members of USA Gymnastics’ board of directors resigned Monday amid one of the largest sexual abuse scandals in U.S. sports history involving disgraced doctor Larry Nassar.

Board chairman Paul Parilla, vice chairman Jay Binder and treasurer Bitsy Kelley all resigned from their positions effective immediately.

“USA Gymnastics thanks Paul Parilla, Jay Binder and Bitsy Kelley for their many years of service to this organization. We support their decisions to resign at this time,” USA Gymnastics president and CEO Kerry Perry said in a statement. “We believe this step will allow us to more effectively move forward in implementing change within our organization As the board identifies its next chair and fills the vacant board positions, we remain focused on working every day to ensure that our culture, policies and actions reflect our commitment to those we serve.

The resignations come after dozens of gymnasts detailed sexual abuse by national team doctor Larry Nassar, who was a volunteer at USA Gymnastics, at his trial in Michigan. Nassar allegedly abused the girls, some as young as eight years old, under the guise of medical treatment. He has already been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography and faces at least 25 additional years for sexual assault charges.

The women said they trusted Nassar and did not question the treatment, largely because Nassar was endorsed by USA Gymnastics and they were told by the organization that they were lucky to be treated by him.

Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber, Olympians and members of the 2012 Fierce Five women’s team that earned gold in London, gave powerful statements in court last week that sharply criticized USA Gymnastics for not protecting them from Nassar.

Raisman questioned why USA Gymnastics president Perry did not stay for the entirety of the victim impact statements, and asked, “USA Gymnastics, where is the honesty? Where is the transparency? Why must the manipulation continue? Neither USA Gymnastics nor the U.S. Olympic Committee have reached out to express sympathy or even offer support. Not even to ask: ‘How did this happen? What do you think we can do to help?’”

Raisman told TIME in November that while USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny resigned last year, “a lot of people working there let the abuse go on,” referring to the board members. “It’s so disturbing and disgusting that the abuse happened, but it’s equally disturbing and disgusting the way it was handled.”

And Raisman is not the only member of the 2012 team to reveal she was abused by Nassar. Her teammates Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, and Wieber also said they were sexually abused by the osteopathic doctor.

The USA Gymnastics board consists of 18 members, including athlete representatives, in addition to the three top leadership positions.

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James Franco Attends 2018 SAG Awards Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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James Franco (bottom right) attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

James Franco didn’t let recent headlines stop him from appearing at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, January 21. The star is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor for his role inThe Disaster Artist.

Franco, 39, did attend the January 7 Golden Globes where he won Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his role in The Disaster Artist. He did not appear at the Critics Choice Awards on January 11, where he also won for his portrayal of director and actor Tommy Wiseau.

During the Globes, multiple women took to Twitter to accuse Franco of sexual misconduct. Franco wore a Time’s Up pin to support the #MeToo movement, which angered actress Ally Sheedy, who was directed by Franco in the off-Broadway production of The Long Shrift in 2014. “Why is a man hosting? Why is James Franco allowed in? Said too much. Nite love ya #goldenglobes,” she wrote. “Ok wait. Bye. Christian Slater and James Franco at a table on @goldenglobes #MeToo. James Franco just won. Please never ever ask me why I left the film/tv business.” She later deleted her tweets.

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James Franco attends the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills on January 7, 2018. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Three days after the Globes, Franco appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and denied the claims. “First of all, I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy, I directed her in a play Off-Broadway. I had nothing but a great time with her, total respect for her. I have no idea why she was upset,” Franco told Colbert. “She took the tweet down. I don’t know. I can’t speak for her, I don’t know.”

He also mentioned “the others” that accused him. “I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I’ve done. I have to do that to maintain my well-being. I do it whenever I know that there is something wrong or needs to be changed, I make it a point to do it,” he continued.

“The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate, but I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long. So I don’t want to, you know, shut them down in any way. It’s, I think, a good thing and I support it.”

The morning after his Colbert interview aired, five more women came forward, accusing the actor of inappropriate behavior in an expose published by the Los Angeles Times. One woman claimed that Franco had pressured her into performing oral sex on him while in a car. “I was talking to him, all of a sudden his penis was out,” Violet Paley, 23, alleged. “I got really nervous, and I said, ‘Can we do this later?’ He was kind of nudging my head down, and I just didn’t want him to hate me, so I did it.”

The actor’s attorney Michael Plonsker denied all allegations and referred to Franco’s Colbert interview.

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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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McKayla Maroney Won’t Be Fined for Speaking Out About Sexual Abuse, USA Gymnastics Says

USA Gymnastics will not pursue a monetary penalty from Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney for speaking out about sexual abuse allegations.

The decision comes after model Chrissy Teigen and actress Kristen Bell offered to pay the $ 100,000 fine Maroney would face for discussing her sexual abuse.

In October, Maroney tweeted that she was sexually abused by Larry Nassar, the national team doctor. In her post, she said the abuse began when she was 13, and continued at national training camps as well as at international events, including at the 2012 Olympics in London, where Maroney earned a gold and silver.

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In a lawsuit Maroney filed against USA Gymnastics and Nassar in December 2016, Maroney says that she signed a confidential non- disclosure agreement with USA Gymnastics in which she agreed not to publicly discuss the abuse allegations; doing so would result in a reported $ 100,000 fine. In return, USA Gymnastics paid Maroney and her family a $ 1.25 million settlement.

Nassar is currently being sentenced in a Michigan court on counts of first degree sexual assault; dozens of his victims are testifying over several days at the sentencing hearing.

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In a statement posted Tuesday, USA Gymnastics said: “USA Gymnastics has not sought and will not seek any money from McKayla Maroney for her brave statements made in describing her victimization and abuse by Larry Nassar, nor for any victim impact statements she wants to make to Larry Nassar at this hearing or at any subsequent hearings related to his sentencing. This has been her right and USA Gymnastics encourages McKayla and anyone who has been abused to speak out. USA Gymnastics remains focused on our highest priority — the safety, health and well-being of our athletes and creating a culture that empowers and supports them.”

Maroney’s lawyer, John Manly, said in response that “USA Gymnastics finally acknowledges that the gag order they forced on Ms. Maroney and her attorney was unenforceable.” He also notes that “The only reason this statement was issued is because people were outraged by USAG’s behavior toward Ms. Maroney and her family. So outraged that people were kindly offering to pay the six figure USAG penalty so McKayla could speak. Everyday Americans get that no one should be silenced about child molestation. They have no choice but to relent because the cleansing sunlight of truth is shining upon them and they can no longer hide their misdeeds.”

While USA Gymnastics has voiced its support of McKayla and her Olympic and national teammates who have also said they were abused by Nassar, including Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols, the organization in December also filed a request to dismiss the lawsuits in which they are named, saying that “while Nassar is liable to the plaintiffs, USAG is not.” The group also said that “Most of the plaintiffs failed to timely assert their claims, and, therefore, their claims are time-barred.”

Nassar has already been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison on charges of possession of child pornography. He pleaded guilty to more sexual assault charges in a second Michigan county and will be sentenced for those charges later in January.

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Sharon Stone’s unexpected reaction to sexual harassment questions is chilling

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The past few months have been consumed by a tsunami of sexual harassment and abuse allegations, with hundreds of women coming forward to accuse Hollywood heavyweights from Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey of misconduct.

With awards season starting earlier this month, nominees and guests have been using their time on the red carpet and stage to call for gender equality, with celebrities wearing black to the 2018 Golden Globes in symbolic protest.

Among them was 59-year-old Academy award nominee Sharon Stone, who surprised everyone with her reaction to the allegations during a recent interview with CBS.

As an actor in the current climate, the subject of sexual misconduct is undoubtedly going to arise, as it did here to Sharon when interviewer Lee Cowan tentatively asked if it was something that she had encountered in her career.

‘I don’t really know how to ask this in a delicate way,’ Lee began. ‘But were you ever in a position like that, that you felt that you were uncomfortable?’

Sharon’s reaction? A long laugh, before delivering a very powerful (and punchy) message.

‘I’ve been in this business for 40 years, Lee. Can you imagine the business I stepped into 40 years ago? Looking like I look, from Nowhere, Pennsylvania?’

She continued: ‘I didn’t come here with any protection. I’ve seen it all.’

Going on to address the mistreatment of women in Hollywood, she continued: ‘We were raised to accommodate men, particularly in my generation, and women so often lose their own identity to the identity of the man that they’re with. They even change the way they dress and what they do to fit the men that they’re with.’

‘We’re starting to acknowledge our own gifts as women and not think that we have to behave as men in order to be empowered, or powerful, or valuable.’

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Ann Curry Claims NBC Had Pervasive Culture of Verbal Sexual Harassment

Matt Lauer’s former Today show co-anchor Ann Curry, appearing on CBS News’ rival morning show Wednesday, accused Lauer and NBC management of fostering a pervasive “climate of verbal sexual harassment” against women during her 15 years at the Peacock network.

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‘Little Girls Don’t Stay Little Forever.’ Sexual Abuse Victim Confronts Larry Nassar in Court

(LANSING, Mich.) — One after one, gymnasts and other victims of a disgraced former sports doctor stepped forward in a Michigan courtroom Tuesday to recount the sexual abuse and emotional trauma Larry Nassar inflicted on them as children — one with the warning that “little girls don’t stay little forever.”

Nearly 100 women and girls planned to speak or have their statements read during an extraordinary four-day sentencing hearing. Many of them cried as they gave the initial testimonies Tuesday. Some requested that their identities not be made public. The judge consoled the victims and said they should not blame themselves.

“I testified to let the world know that you are a repulsive liar,” one victim, Kyle Stephens, said to the 54-year-old Nassar who bowed his head with his eyes closed or looked away as she and others spoke. Stephens, the first to speak, said Nassar repeatedly abused her from age 6 until age 12 during family visits to his home in Holt, near Lansing. She said he rubbed his genitals on her and digitally penetrated her, among other things. She said Nassar later denied it, and her parents believed him.

“Perhaps you have figured it out by now, but little girls don’t stay little forever,” Stephens said. “They grow into strong women that … destroy your world.”

Nassar has pleaded guilty to molesting females with his hands at his Michigan State University office, his home and a Lansing-area gymnastics club. He also worked for Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

Another statement came from Donna Markham, who told of how her daughter Chelsey killed herself in 2009, years after Nassar sexually abused her during a medical examination.

“It all started with him,” she said, describing her daughter’s downward spiral into drug abuse.

Victims described experiencing “searing pain” during the assaults and having feelings of shame and embarrassment. They said it had changed their life trajectories — affecting relationships, causing them to be distrustful and leading to depression, suicidal thoughts and anger and anxiety on whether they should have spoken up sooner.

“He touched the most innocent places on my body,” said 17-year-old Jessica Thomashaw, recounting how she was sexually assaulted at ages 9 and 12. “I couldn’t be just a normal girl anymore, and I forever lost a big piece of my childhood due to his abuse.”

Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who is expected to order a sentence Friday, said the system had failed them.

“You shouldn’t be angry with yourself,” she told a 31-year-old victim, who said she was assaulted almost 20 years ago. “You went to him for pain and healing, and you didn’t know. No one faults you or any other victim for that. You were a child.”

The Michigan attorney general’s office is seeking 40 to 125 years in prison for the 54-year-old Nassar. The maximum represents a year for each of the 125 girls and women who filed reports of abuse with campus police. He already has been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes.

Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles on Monday said she was among the athletes sexually abused by Nassar. Another gold medalist, Aly Raisman, tweeted Monday that she would not attend the sentencing “because it is too traumatic for me. My impact letter will be read in court in front of Nassar. I support the brave survivors. We are all in this together.”

Olympians McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas also have said they were among Nassar’s victims as teens.

In November, he admitted to digitally penetrating 10 girls, mostly under the guise of treatment, between 1998 and 2015. As part of plea deals in two adjacent Michigan counties, he said his conduct had no legitimate medical purpose and that he did not have the girls’ consent.

Nassar is scheduled to be sentenced in Eaton County in two weeks.

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Aziz Ansari Responds to Sexual Misconduct Allegation: ‘I Was Surprised and Concerned’

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Mario Testino and Bruce Weber Accused of Sexual Assault

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Hollywood’s Sexual Misconduct Scandals

Following two investigative pieces by The New York Times and the New Yorker in October 2017 accusing Harvey Weinstein of decades of sexual assault, several other of Hollywood’s biggest names have been accused of sexual misconduct, harassment and assault. Scroll down for details on the accusations against Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Piven, Oliver Stone and more.

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Corey Feldman Wants Terry Crews to Help Stop Sexual Assault in Hollywood

Corey Feldman is still continuing on his quest to expose Hollywood’s dark underbelly, most notably in relation to allegations of pedophilia and child abuse, spurred on by the sexual assault he allegedly experienced as a child actor. Now, he’s looking for allies who may help to further his message.

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In an interview with E! News, Feldman said he’d be open to working with others who have opened up about being sexually harassed and assaulted while working in Hollywood, but he particularly wants to partner with Terry Crews. Crews revealed in October that he was once groped by an unnamed Hollywood executive.

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“I thought about [reaching out to Terry], but I’ve been pretty overwhelmed with everything that I’m doing, but here’s an open invitation,” Feldman said. “Terry, if you’re listening, I’m more than happy to join forces with you and work together. I’m willing to work with anybody. Can I just put that out there?”

He added, “I’m willing to work with anybody that wants to aid in this fight. If you want to help me get this film made, to tell the truth, please help me… If you want to help me get the statutes changed, please help me. If you want to help me get your story out, I will help you. I’m willing to do whatever it takes. I’m here to be a soldier. I’m not in it for me. I’m in it for all of us. Let’s work together, please.”

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Feldman launched a plan last year to raise $ 10 million to make a movie exposing organized, systemic sexual abuse of child actors in Hollywood. He says the movie is not a documentary, but is based on his own experiences as a child star, as well as those of his late friend Corey Haim, who died in 2010. He has publicly accused former actor Jon Grissom of molesting him as a child. Grissom has not publicly acknowledged the accusations.

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Michael Douglas Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Michael Douglas denied sexual harassment allegations in an interview with Deadline on Tuesday, January 9.

The Oscar winner, 73, chose to come forward preemptively after being contacted by The Hollywood Reporter and Variety regarding claims of sexual misconduct made by an employee who worked for him more than 30 years ago.

According to Douglas, the publications reached out for comment regarding the woman’s claims that he used colorful and suggestive language in front of her, masturbated in front of her and blackballed her from the industry after he fired her.

“This is a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever,” he told Deadline of the allegation of sexual misconduct, saying that his “head was reeling.”

As for the other claims, Douglas apologized for his language but insisted that “none of it was directed at her.”

“She may have overheard private conversations, and if she was offended, she could have excused herself. As far as blackballing her, that was completely untrue. She was a lady who was involved in development at my company, and we just didn’t have a good development record in the time she was there, so I just moved on,” he said. “If people from the industry called me to ask about her, I would have been honest, but I never blackballed her.”

Douglas calls the accusations “extremely painful” but added, “I’d confess to anything I thought I was responsible for.”

He said what hurt the most was “having to share something like this to your wife and your children,” adding, “My kids are really upset, has to go to school worrying this is going to be in some article about me, being a sexual harasser. They’re scared and very uncomfortable.”

Douglas said his wife of 17 years, Catherine Zeta-Jones, with whom he shares two children, Dylan, 17, and Carys, 14, has been “very supportive” amid the situation that he described as “a complete nightmare.”

“I’m going to continue the way I’ve always treated women, as equals and my peers. Working closely with them. I would hope that as a cautionary tale, we will be careful about accusing, and being accused,” he continued.

Referencing the #MeToo movement and current climate in Hollywood in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal and several other sexual misconduct allegations made against high-profile actors including Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K. and Jeffrey Tambor, Douglas added, “I hope this movement continues to grow, but that there is care shown in who is accused and how the accusation is handled.”

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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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Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis Dismissed From ESPN After Sexual Misconduct Probe

(NEW YORK) — Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis have been dismissed from ESPN following an investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct while employed at NFL Network.

ESPN says in a statement Saturday “they are no longer working for us.” The pair worked for ESPN Radio and were taken off the air Dec. 12, pending an internal investigation.

McNabb and Davis, both former NFL players, were among seven men named in a lawsuit against NFL Enterprises filed in December by former NFL Network wardrobe stylist Jami Cantor.

According to the lawsuit, McNabb allegedly sent Cantor sexually explicit messages during his time at NFL Network. Davis is accused of making lewd comments.

Cantor worked at NFL Network for a decade until she was fired in October 2016. In the suit, she alleges age and sex discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and defamation.


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University of Arizona Football Coach Fired Days After Sexual Harassment Investigation

Arizona has fired football coach Rich Rodriguez after a notice of claim was filed with the state attorney general’s office alleging he ran a hostile workplace.

The Arizona Daily Star revealed the notice of claim on Tuesday after making a public-records request. The paper said the claim was filed last Thursday by a former employee. A notice of claim is a legal document that signals a lawsuit will be filed.

The Daily Star reported that the notice was filed after the University’s Office of Institutional Equity retained outside counsel to investigate allegations of sexual harassment from a former employee. The investigation, which concluded last week, did not find enough to fire Rodriguez, but the university became concerned with the “climate and direction” of the program.

Rodriguez issued a statement after he was fired, saying the investigation concerned a former administrative assistant who threated a $ 7.5 million lawsuit alleging harassment. Rodriguez said he cooperated with the investigation and passed a voluntary polygraph test, noting the complainant did not cooperate with the investigation.

Rodriguez also acknowledged an extramarital affair with a woman not affiliated with the university, saying he apologized to his wife and family and is working to regain their trust.

“I am not a perfect man, but the claims by my former assistant are simply not true and her demands for a financial settlement are outrageous,” Rodriguez said. “I am saddened that these accusations and investigation have caused my family additional stress.”

Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke announced Rodriguez’s firing in a statement issued by the school and said the separation terms of his contract will be honored.

“After conducting a thorough evaluation of our football program and its leadership, both on and off the field, President Robbins and I feel it is in the best interest of the University of Arizona and our athletics department to go in a new direction,” Heeke said. “We’ll move through the coaching search in an effort to identify a head coach that will build a solid foundation for our program and create an identity of Arizona football that the university, Tucson and southern Arizona communities can be proud of. We’re excited about the future of our football program and we look forward to introducing our new head coach at the completion of the search process.”

Rodriguez arrived in Tucson after an ugly split with Michigan, where he coached for three seasons. He had an immediate impact on the Wildcats, leading them to four straight bowl games.

Arizona took a step back last season, losing eight straight games while finishing 3-9. The Wildcats were one of college football’s more surprising teams this season after opening 6-2. They fell flat after that, losing four of their final five, including a 38-35 setback against Purdue in the Holiday Bowl.

Rodriguez was 43-39 in six seasons at Arizona.

In August, Creative Artists Agency, which represented him until 2015, sued Rodriguez on claims he owed it more than $ 230,000 in past-due fees.


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Report: Sexual Harassment Complaints Mismanaged By Justice Department

The U.S. Justice Department is preparing its response to a recently resurfaced report full of allegations of gross mismanagement of its sexual harassment complaints.

The blistering report, completed by the Inspector General, and other cases of misconduct against the DOJ turned up in The Washington Post this week after a Freedom Of Information Act request was filed.

“Potential systemic” issues from fiscal years 2012 through 2016 were detailed in the Inspector General’s report released in May. Abuses by attorneys in the Civil Division and employees in U.S. Attorneys offices, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were outlined as well.

One case mentioned a Civil Division employee with a substantiated complaint of inappropriate comments and touching. The employee was reprimanded, but only transferred within the Civil Division, the report said.

One of the most searing findings involved a U.S. Marshals Service chief deputy who had sex with nine women in his office, the Post found.

Nineteen “substantiated” allegations were made between those four fiscal years, a source told NBC News. Some employees with pending sexual harassment investigations received performance bonuses, according to a June 1 memorandum from Inspector General Michael Horowitz to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

In response to the scathing report, Rosenstein convened a working group to look at the issues outlined in the document. The group would soon be issuing “recommendations for action,” Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said. A statement that called out the Obama administration was also issued: “The Department was very disappointed with the issues that occurred in the Obama administration and strives for a workplace free of harassment and other misconduct for all of its 115,000 employees,” Prior said.

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Women detail sexual assaults and harassment on commercial flights

Katie Campos settled into her seat for a short flight from Newark to Buffalo last week. Within minutes, she said, an intoxicated male passenger sitting next to her began groping and harassing both Campos and a second female passenger seated in the same row, grabbing Campos repeatedly despite her demands for him to stop it.


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Vice Media reportedly settled 4 sexual harassment, defamation cases against employees

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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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Conductor Dutoit denies sexual misconduct allegations

LONDON (AP) — Renowned conductor Charles Dutoit on Saturday denied serious accusations of sexual misconduct that have caused major symphonies in Europe, Australia and the United States to suspend relationships with him.
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7 in 10 Americans say sexual harassment is a very serious problem

Americans view sexual harassment far more seriously than they did two decades ago, a new CNN Poll Conducted by SSRS shows.


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USA Gymnastics Paid McKayla Maroney to Keep Quiet About Alleged Sexual Abuse, Lawsuit Alleges

USA Gymnastics paid McKayla Maroney, a member of the Fierce Five that won Olympic gold at the 2012 Olympics, to keep quiet about sexual abuse she allegedly suffered by team doctor Larry Nassar, which began when she was 13 years old, a new lawsuit claims.

Maroney signed a confidentially agreement in October 2016, attorney John Manly said Wednesday. It came months after an investigation by the Indianapolis Star reported that USA Gymnastics, the sport’s governing body, had allegedly failed to act appropriately in reporting sexual abuse complaints to police.

Read more: Aly Raisman Opens Up About Sexual Abuse by USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar

Maroney was not coerced into the signing the agreement, but “this kid had no choice. She couldn’t function, she couldn’t work,” Manly said, according to ESPN. “They [USA Gymnastics] were willing to sacrifice the health and well-being of one of the most famous gymnasts in the world because they didn’t want the world to know they were protecting a pedophile doctor.”

In a statement USA Gymnastics said that the “concept of confidentiality was initiated by McKayla’s attorney, not USA Gymnastics.” At the time, Maroney was represented by California attorney Gloria Allred. USA Gymnastics said that Allred approached the organization requesting a confidential mediation, which resulted in a “settlement agreement that included a mutual non-disclosure clause and a mutual non-disparagement clause.”

Under terms of the confidentiality agreement, Maroney was not allowed to publicly speak about her sexual abuse complaints, Manly said. In return, she received payment, and would be fined if she violated the agreement. About a year after signing, she decided to break the agreement, when she took to Twitter to accuse Nassar of abusing her.

USA Gymnastics responded to Maroney’s Twitter revelation with a supportive statement at the time: “USA Gymnastics admires the courage of those, like McKayla Maroney, who have come forward to share their personal experiences with sexual abuse.”

Read more: Report: USA Gymnastics Failed to Alert Authorities About Sexual-Abuse Allegations

Manly said confidentiality agreements involving children who have been sexually abused are against the law in California. The lawsuit alleges USA Gymnastics violated the law in drawing up the agreement. USA Gymnastics disagrees, noting in the statement that “The settlement in 2016 was in accordance with state law, despite what has been alleged.”

Read more: Who Is Larry Nassar, the Former USA Gymnastics Doctor Aly Raisman Accuses of Sexual Abuse?

The lawsuit alleges that Nassar began sexually abusing Maroney when she was 13 years old, while she attended a training camp at the national training facility — the Karolyi ranch outside of Houston, Texas. The suit also alleges that Nassar took photos of her while he was abusing her. An attorney for Nassar also did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Nassar pleaded guilty to federal charges of child pornography in early December and was sentenced to 60 years in prison. At his sentencing hearing, Maroney and her mother, Erin, both submitted victim impact statements.

“Larry Nassar deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. Not only because of what he did to me, my teammates and so many other little girls – He needs to be behind bars so he will never prey upon another child. I urge you to impose the maximum sentence upon him,” Maroney wrote.

Read more: USA Gymnastics President Resigns Amid Organization’s Sexual Abuse Scandal

Maroney’s teammates from 2012, Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman, have also alleged that they were sexually abused by Nassar.

He still faces dozens of sexual assault charges in Michigan from gymnasts and student athletes at Michigan State University (MSU), where he served on the faculty before being fired in September 2016. He left USA Gymnastics shortly before that.

USA Gymnastics is also named in many of those suits. In December, USA Gymnastics sought to dismiss a suit filed in Grand Rapids, Mich. involving 141 victims who sued Nassar, MSU, and the gymnastics organization. USA Gymnastics (USAG) argued that the statute of limitations had expired in most cases, and that they were not responsible for Nassar’s behavior if the assaults occurred in his home, at MSU or elsewhere.

In November, Nassar pleaded guilty to the state sexual assault charges; sentencing is scheduled for Jan 16.


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Nelly’s rape accuser, who refused to testify in the criminal case against him, has now filed a civil lawsuit against the rapper claiming sexual assault and defamation, reports TMZ.

Monique Greene says she was employed as a host at the Seattle club where Nelly performed the night of Oct. 6, 2017. She says after the show she was drinking alcohol and hanging out with Nelly and his entourage, then Nelly invited her to join him at an after party.

According to the docs, Greene rode with Nelly in an SUV to his tour bus parked in a Walmart parking lot. She boarded and walked to the back of the bus, where Nelly’s bedroom was located. Greene says she sat down on the bed and Nelly started masturbating.

According to the suit, Nelly then had sex with Greene against her will, both orally and vaginally. Greene says she tried to dissuade him by saying he needed to wear a condom, but he refused and continued assaulting her. After, Greene says she was screaming she wanted off the bus. She said a member of his entourage pushed her off and Nelly tossed her a $ 100 bill, saying “Bye bye.”

She says Nelly taunted her from the bus as she stood in the parking lot. Greene says she called an Uber, and while waiting she also called 911. Police showed up, interviewed Greene and Nelly and arrested him for 2nd-degree rape. Greene says police took her to a medical center for treatment and to complete a rape kit.

Greene is also suing for defamation, claiming after his arrest Nelly and his team began a smear campaign, saying she was only after “money, fame and notoriety.”

Prosecutors dropped the criminal case against Nelly when Greene refused to testify. In her lawsuit, she says she felt she couldn’t “stand up against a celebrity and that the criminal system would fail her.”

Nelly, according to TMZ, has said he plans to sue Greene to restore his reputation.

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T.J. Miller, Stitch Fix, House Sexual Harassment Settlements: The Broadsheet Dec. 20

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Stitch Fix shares sink, the House discloses more sexual harassment settlements, and we get a disturbing look inside the struggle of female employees at two Chicago Ford plants. Have a productive Wednesday.

EVERYONE'S TALKING

[bs_bullet_primary] #AllOfUs. This harrowing New York Times‘ deep dive into decades of sexual harassment and abuse at two Chicago Ford plants remained at the top of the publication’s home page all day yesterday–even amid big news about the GOP tax bill.

The reporters on the story, Susan Chira and Catrin Einhorn, talked to more than 100 current and former employees and industry experts and relay dozens of infuriating stories of women who were groped, bullied, propositioned, and pressured into sex in exchange for keeping their jobs. And those who tried to report the behavior or get help were frequently sold out by the managers or union reps tasked with protecting them.

In August, EEOC reached a $ 10 million settlement with Ford over abuses at the two plants. The company claims the harassment is not systematic, and company officials told the Times that they “take all claims seriously and investigate them thoroughly.”

Yet despite the prominent placement and the importance of the reporting, I can’t help but feel that–at least on my social feeds–it didn’t get the attention it deserves. Part of the issue may be sexual harassment fatigue, but I suspect the larger reason is one the story anticipates and addresses:

“In recent months, as women have spoken out about harassment–at media companies and technology start-ups, in the entertainment industry and on Capitol Hill–they have spurred quick action, with accused men toppling from lofty positions, corporations pledging change and lawmakers promising new protections.

But much less attention has been focused on the plight of blue-collar workers, like those on Ford’s factory floors. After the #MeToo movement opened a global floodgate of accounts of mistreatment, a former Chicago worker proposed a new campaign: ‘#WhatAboutUs.'”

The U.S. is in the midst of reckoning around sexual harassment and how women are treated at work. It would be a massive failure if we allowed lower-income women to be minimized or excluded from that conversation. This is the moment to fight for change for all women–not just the ones who work for hot companies or famous bosses. [bs_link link=”https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/12/19/us/ford-chicago-sexual-harassment.html” source=”New York Times”]

ALSO IN THE HEADLINES

[bs_bullet_primary] Not funny. The Daily Beast has the extremely disturbing account of a woman who says she was sexually and physically assaulted by comedian T.J. Miller (including an accusation that he punched her in the face during a sexual encounter) during his college days. (Miller disputes her account.) Comedy Central also announced yesterday that it has canceled Miller’s animated series The Gorburger Show after one season–though a rep for the network told THR that the decision pre-dated the assault allegations.

[bs_bullet_primary] Dropping a stitch. Stitch Fix, the online styling service led by CEO Katrina Lake, saw shares plummet more than 11% despite beating analyst expectations on its first earnings report as a publicly traded company.[bs_link link=”http://fortune.com/2017/12/19/stitch-fix-shares-plummet-more-than-10-following-earnings-report/” source=”Fortune”]

[bs_bullet_primary] Stalking a predator. Reports like the one above prompted Michelle Dean to write this thought-provoking essay, which poses a very timely question: “What makes someone a ‘predator’?” [bs_link link=”https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/19/magazine/what-makes-someone-a-predator.html?_r=0″ source=”New York Times Magazine”]

[bs_bullet_primary] That was swift. Taylor Swift’s new social networking app, The Swift Life, launched over the weekend–and is apparently becoming a place for the pop star’s fans to fight about politics. [bs_link link=”http://fortune.com/2017/12/19/taylor-swift-life-app-trump-supporters/” source=”Fortune”]

[bs_bullet_primary] Marking my calendar. Take a break from this morning’s heavier news and treat yourself to this juicy new Ocean’s 8 trailer. The only downside: We have to wait until June 8 to watch the whole thing. [bs_link link=”http://fortune.com/2017/12/19/ocean-8-trailer-sandra-bullock-cate-blanchett/” source=”Fortune”]

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Aspect Ventures has promoted Lauren Kolodny to partner.

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[bs_bullet_primary] Sounds like North America… At the start of this decade, women led Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Chile. Now, with Sebastian Pinera’s victory in Chile’s presidential election on Sunday, current President Michelle Bachelet will depart in March, leaving Latin America without a single female head of state. [bs_link link=”https://www.reuters.com/article/us-latam-politics-women-analysis/chile-election-ends-era-of-female-presidents-in-latin-america-idUSKBN1ED2N0?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social” source=”Reuters”]

[bs_bullet_primary] Get your House in order. The House Office of Compliance has disclosed three additional sexual harassment settlements totaling $ 115,000. We know the settlements are from fiscal 2008 through 2012, but not to whom the settlements were paid or from which offices the complaints originated. This comes a month after a report that the office has paid more than $ 17 million in workplace settlements–for violations including sexual harassment–since 1997. [bs_link link=”http://thehill.com/homenews/house/365640-house-discloses-three-more-sexual-harassment-settlements-totaling-115000″ source=”The Hill”]

[bs_bullet_primary] A real trial. Alka Pradhan is the human rights lawyer representing Ammar al-Baluchi, the Pakistani man accused of running money for the Sept. 11 attacks. She believes she can make a good defense for her client–though “no one can say for sure when, or even if, [his trial] will begin.” [bs_link link=”https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/19/magazine/alka-pradhan-v-gitmo.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news” source=”New York Times Magazine”]

[bs_bullet_primary] Every vote counts. Democrat Shelly Simonds has created a rare tie between the parties in the Virginia House of Delegates–after winning the seat from Republican incumbent David Yancey by a single vote. [bs_link link=”https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/democrat-wins-va-house-seat-in-recount-by-single-vote-creating-50-50-tie-in-legislature/2017/12/19/3ff227ae-e43e-11e7-ab50-621fe0588340_story.html” source=”Washington Post”]

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Issa Rae is working on a show about the love life of a bisexual black man [bs_link link=”https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/issa-rae-new-shows_us_5a3979aae4b025f99e12e47b?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009″ source=”Huffington Post”]

Lady Gaga sets two year Las Vegas residency [bs_link link=”https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lady-gaga-sets-two-year-las-vegas-residency-1069454″ source=”The Hollywood Reporter”]

#MeToo creator Tarana Burke will kick off the countdown to New Year in Times Square [bs_link link=”http://time.com/5070579/metoo-tarana-burke-new-years-eve-ball-drop-times-square/?xid=homepage” source=”Time”]

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[bs-quote link=”https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/12/19/what-kind-country-we-speak-out-core-american-values-sally-q-yates-column/951828001/” author =”Former acting attorney general Sally Yates, in an op-ed for USA Today”]Stand up. Speak out. Our country needs all of us to raise our collective voices in support of our democratic ideals and institutions.[/bs-quote]

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Spurlock’s new film pulled from festival after admitting to sexual misconduct

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s latest work has been pulled from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival lineup following a confessional Spurlock penned about his past sexual impropriety, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
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Amy Smart Defends Husband Carter Oosterhouse After Sexual Misconduct Accusations

Carter Oosterhouse, Amy SmartAfter HGTV star Carter Oosterhouse was accused of sexual misconduct on Thursday, his wife actress Amy Smart is speaking out in a lengthy Instagram post.
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‘NCIS New Orleans’ Showrunner Hit With Racial And Sexual Allegations

Allegations of sexual harassment and a side of racial insensitivity have surfaced against “NCIS: New Orleans” executive producer Brad Kern, according to two separate HR investigations launched into his behavior, reports Variety. Kern took over as showrunner in January 2016, in the midst of its second season.

Within a year, he was the target of HR inquiries centered on allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination against women — particularly working mothers — and racially charged comments, among other issues.According to multiple sources, he would often speak in an offensive voice meant to imitate African-American vernacular speech.

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In the writers room, he would sometimes employ a stereotyped rendition of African-American speech patterns as he tried out dialogue meant for characters played by Darryl “Chill” Mitchell and C.C.H. Pounder, African-American members of the drama’s cast. “It was offensive,” says a former employee.

One “NCIS: NOLA” writer had penned a script in which two guest characters — a couple — were supposed to be African-American. It emerged that the woman was likely to be played by a white woman. On a conference call, Kern said it would not make sense to cast a Black man as a romantic interest for a character played by a white woman, according to one person who was on the call and one person who was told about the comment afterward.

As for Kern’s sexual harassment allegations, the producer is accused of making sexualized remarks about women, giving massages without asking, and mocking a nursing mother in front of her colleagues.

Several sources said that at many different times, he spoke approvingly of casting a well-known actress in a role on the show because an important CBS executive “wanted to f—k her.” Kern allegedly engineered the exit of Zoe McLellan, an original cast member who did not return for the third season, because, in his view, men didn’t find her “f—kable,” multiple sources tell Variety. (McLellan did not reply to Variety’s requests for comment.)

While the investigations found Kern had indeed made “insensitive” and “offensive” comments, CBS concluded that there was no evidence of retaliation, harassment, discrimination or gender bias but told staffers that “appropriate” action had been taken, including sensitivity training for the producer. Variety spoke to seven people who have worked for the series who report that his inappropriate behavior has continued, despite the investigations.

“We were aware of these allegations when they took place in 2016, and took them very seriously,” CBS said in a statement to Variety. “Both complaints were acted upon immediately with investigations and subsequent disciplinary action. While we were not able to corroborate all of the allegations, we took this action to address behavior and management style, and have received no further complaints since this was implemented.”

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Anita Hill to Chair Commission to Combat Sexual Misconduct in Hollywood

(LOS ANGELES) — The biggest figures and institutions in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality in the industry in the wake of the huge wave of revelations spurred by allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

A statement Friday announced the founding of the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, a group that grew out of a meeting called by “Star Wars” producer Kathleen Kennedy and several other prominent women in the industry.

“The Commission will not seek just one solution, but a comprehensive strategy to address the complex and interrelated causes of the problems of parity and power,” Kennedy said in a statement.

The chief executives of nearly every major Hollywood studio, TV network and record label attended the meeting and agreed to found and to fund the group, the statement said. The long list includes Disney CEO Bob Iger, Paramount CEO Karen Stuart, Universal Music Group CEO Sir Lucian Grange and CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves.

The movie and music academies and many of the major agencies and unions that represent entertainers also signed on.

“The fact that so many industry leaders_across film, television, music, digital, unions, agencies … and guilds_came together, in one room, to explore solutions speaks to a new era,” Kennedy said.

The group chose as its chair the law professor Hill, who brought the concept of sexual harassment to national consciousness in 1991 when she testified during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas.

“It is time to end the culture of silence,” Hill said in a statement. “I’ve been at this work for 26 years. This moment presents us with an unprecedented opportunity to make real change.”

The commission said in its statement that it would reconvene immediately after the first of the year to hone its mission, scope and priorities.

The revelations about Weinstein in The New York Times and the New Yorker in October have brought on two months unlike any the media world has ever seen, with nearly daily allegations of sexual harassment assault and abuse that have ensnared some of the most prominent players in entertainment including Kevin Spacey, Louis CK, Dustin Hoffman and Russell Simmons.

Hill has been making appearances in Southern California in recent days before Friday’s announcement, speaking to a gathering of entertainers and executives in Beverly Hills last week.

She said there that she knew that despite Thomas’ confirmation to the Supreme Court, the issue would one day return.

“I never believed 1991 was the end,” she said, “and I was going to make sure in my life that I never saw that as the defining moment for me or for this issue.”


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Marshall Faulk named in NFL Network’s widespread sexual harassment accusations

Three NFL Network analysts have been suspended after Jami Cantor, a former wardrobe stylist at the network, filed a complaint against NFL Enterprises alleging sexual harassment by several men while she was employed with the company. NFL Network confirmed the suspension in a statement to Bloomberg. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, names…
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The NFL suspended three analysts on Monday night, including Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk, pending investigation into sexual harassment allegations following a lawsuit from a former employee.

The suit, filed by Jami Cantor, a former wardrobe stylist at the network, details a variety of alleged behaviors including groping, inappropriate comments, and sexually explicit text messages.

The two other suspended analysts were the former players Ike Taylor and Heath Evans. A former executive producer, Eric Weinberger, and another former player, Donovan McNabb, were also named. Neither are still employed by the NFL.

The suit, a copy of which has been uploaded by Deadspin, alleges Faulk groped Cantor’s breasts and behind, and asked her “deeply personal and invasive questions” about her sex life. It also alleges the “aggressive” Faulk invited Cantor to his hotel room, pulled out his genitals in front of her and pinned her to a wall, demanding oral sex.

Taylor allegedly sent Cantor “sexually inappropriate” pictures of himself and a video of him masturbating in the shower.

Weinberger allegedly sent Cantor “several nude pictures of himself and sexually explicit texts.” He is also accused of pressing his crotch against her and asking her to touch him, according to Bloomberg.

A spokesperson from the Bill Simmons Media Group, where Weinberger now works, said he had been placed on indefinite leave, according to the New York Times. “These are very serious and disturbing allegations that we were made aware of today. We are placing Eric on leave indefinitely until we have a better understanding of what transpired during his time at the NFL, and we will conduct our own internal investigation.”

The suit also said Cantor had complained of the harassment to Marc Watts, the NFL’s talent coordinator, who allegedly failed to act, saying: “It’s part of the job when you look the way you do.”

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Men Are Losing Their Jobs Over Sexual Harassment. These Women Are Replacing Them

Dozens of prominent men — including Matt Lauer, Harold Ford Jr. and Sen. Al Franken — have lost or left their jobs amid allegations of sexual misconduct over the past several months. They are leaving behind positions of great influence — a morning show anchor reportedly making $ 25 million a year, a managing director at a major bank and a Senate seat during a pivotal moment in politics. But who’s going to fill these roles?

Pundits and many among the wider public are calling for women to get the jobs. “We shouldn’t just be taking the bad ones down,” lawyer and writer Jill Filipovic wrote in an essay for TIME. “We need to start demanding that their replacements are female.”

Conscientiously promoting women into such prominent jobs may help right the gender imbalance that continues to plague workplaces, from Hollywood to Washington.

As of Dec. 8, TIME counted 80 high-profile American men who have been publicly accused of some type of sexual misconduct since the Harvey Weinstein accusations broke. Some of their jobs are being filled by women — with caveats. Robin Wright will become House of Cards‘ top star, though only for the show’s shortened final season. Christiane Amanpour will replace Charlie Rose on PBS, but only on an interim basis.

More women may join their company soon. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on Dec. 8 that Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith is the likeliest candidate to replace Franken in the Senate, while Maria Contreras-Sweet, who ran the Small Business Administration under President Barack Obama, has expressed interest in buying the Weinstein Company. The New York Post offered up a list of female candidates for Lauer’s gig.

As TIME has been tracking the men who have been accused, we will also examine the resulting power and culture shifts in quantifiable ways. Below are women who have replaced some of the men accused of harassment or misconduct. We will continue to update this list.

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Replaced: David Sweeney

On Nov. 28, NPR reported that its chief news editor, David Sweeney, left the company after at least three current and former NPR journalists claimed he sexually harassed them. Sweeney, who oversaw NPR’s news desks, told TIME in November that he had no comment on the allegations.

NPR reported that Chris Turpin, the acting senior vice president of news, said in an email to staff that Chapin would replace Sweeney by resuming her role as executive editor and taking over Sweeney’s duties.

Chapin became the organization’s executive editor in 2015, giving her the reins of all of NPR’s news desks. In August 2017, NPR’s senior vice president of news and editorial director Michael Oreskes announced that Chapin would focus full-time on building a collaborative journalism network with NPR’s member stations. When Chapin’s new role was announced, Oreskes said that Sweeney would take over from Chapin in overseeing all of NPR’s news desks and editors.

After Sweeney’s departure, Chapin will regain her old responsibilities, but she’ll “continue to devote time to the journalism network,” a NPR spokesperson told TIME in an email.

Sweeney’s departure came a few weeks after Oreskes resigned amid an investigation into his conduct with women. Oreskes called his behavior “wrong and inexcusable,” and said “I am deeply sorry to the people I hurt.”

Robin Wright

Cast member Robin Wright poses at the premiere for the second season of the television series "House of Cards" at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, California February 13, 2014. Season 2 premieres on Netflix on February 14.
Mario Anzuoni&mdash;ReutersCast member Robin Wright poses at the premiere for the second season of the television series “House of Cards” at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, California February 13, 2014.

Replaced: Kevin Spacey

Beginning in late October, several men — including employees on the set of House of Cards — came forward to accuse Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct. Spacey has denied some allegations, while saying he doesn’t remember others. On Nov. 2, Spacey’s spokesperson said he was “taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment.”

After the allegations broke, Netflix put filming of House of Cards’ final season on indefinite hold. On Nov. 3, Netflix said it was severing ties with Spacey and wouldn’t be involved with any further production of House of Cards if Spacey was still the star.

On Dec. 4, Netflix confirmed it would produce the final season of the show without Spacey. The season will instead star Wright, who has played first lady-turned-president Claire Underwood in previous seasons. It will only run eight episodes, as opposed to the usual 13. “We’re really excited about bringing some closure to the show for fans,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement at the time.

Christiane Amanpour

Kevin Hagen—Getty ImagesNEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 15: Christiane Amanpour speaks with attendees at CPJ’s annual International Press Freedom Awards on November 15, 2017 in New York City.

Replaced: Charlie Rose

After the Washington Post reported on Nov. 20 that several women alleged that Rose had sexually harassed them, CBS and PBS announced on Nov. 21 that they were both cutting ties with Rose, who anchored CBS This Morning on CBS and hosted Charlie Rose on PBS. Rose said not all allegations are accurate, but admitted he “behaved insensitively at times, and I accept full responsibility for that.”

On Dec. 4, PBS announced it would air Christiane Amanpour’s Amanpour, which airs on CNN International, on “an interim basis” to replace Rose’s longtime interview show. Amanpour began airing on PBS on Dec. 4 in New York and will extend across the country on Dec. 11. It’s unclear how long Amanpour’s show is slated to air in place of Rose.

“Christiane Amanpour is a fearless and uncompromising journalist,” Neal Shapiro, president and CEO of WNET, said in a statement. “We are pleased to welcome her to the PBS system and are gratified to offer this thorough and responsible news program to viewers nationwide.”


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If Dustin Hoffman thought those sexual misconduct allegations were going to blow over quickly, he’s learning now just how wrong he was.

Actress Kathryn Rossetter has published a devastating essay in The Hollywood Reporter describing his repeated violation of her when they worked together in the 1980s.

The story arrives one month after Anna Graham Hunter shared her own account of being harassed by Hoffman, and days after John Oliver grilled Hoffman about the accusations during a public screening.

In the early 1980s, Hoffman helped Rossetter land a role opposite him in the Broadway revival Death of a Salesman. (She also co-starred with him in the 1985 TV movie based on the same play.) At first, she says, she saw Hoffman as “my hero.”  Read more…

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‘It’s the Power, Stupid.’ Sheryl Sandberg Says Today’s Sexual Harassment ‘Moment’ Is Not Enough

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has some strong words about the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in the workplace.

In a Facebook post published Sunday, Sandberg suggested that power is the main culprit, claiming “It’s the power, stupid,” a riff on the popular phrase from the 1992 presidential race “It’s the economy, stupid.”

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Sandberg detailed some of her own experiences with unwanted sexual advances, noting that in each one the men had more power than she did. “That’s not a coincidence,” she continued. “It’s why they felt free to cross the line.”

Yet while Sandberg says that “almost every woman” and some men she knows have experienced sexual harassment, she feels that a critical moment is upon us. “For the first time in my professional life, it feels like people are finally prepared to hold perpetrators responsible,” Sandberg wrote.

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However, Sandberg argues that speaking up, sharing stories, and cheering for those who do is not adequate to make real changes. She says, “We need systemic, lasting changes that deter bad behavior and protect everyone.” She suggests that workplaces must “start with clear principles” and then “institute policies to support them.”

Ultimately, however, Sandberg hopes that we can create “more equitable workplace culture that treats women with more respect and affords them more opportunities.” More women in power might not solve all the problems, but she believes “we could get quite a lot of good done.” And that, she notes, “would be a major step in the right direction.”


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Sexual Harassment, Office Culture, Resumes, and “Boys Being Boys”

sexual harassment, office culture, resumes, and boys being boysWe’ve all been hearing and talking about the surge of men getting fired, losing control of their companies, and otherwise being disciplined for sexual harassment and other bad behavior — and we’ve all been heartened by the groundswell of support for the women and men brave enough to come forward. I’m hopeful that we are at the beginning of a tectonic shift in the way sexual harassment is handled at companies, where the default becomes “I believe her” — it’s about time. (Full disclosure, considering the stock photo: this is not a #metoo story, but my heart goes out to the many, many, many women and men who have such stories.) There’s been a lot of discussion and think pieces on this topic in the press — but here are a few questions I haven’t seen discussed that might  be interesting topics here: 1) How do you think these past few weeks will affect the companies, colleagues, and protégés (both male and female) of these men? How will they ever distance themselves enough? 2) For those of you who work at men-dominated firms where, perhaps, a “boys will be boys” attitude has prevailed in the past, has anything changed in the past few weeks? What are the positive changes you’ve seen (whether from HR, company/firm-wide meetings, etc.) that make you optimistic about the future?

With regards to the first question about resumes and protégés: Let’s say you run a production company in Hollywood. A man comes in to interview for an opening and his resume notes that he worked closely with Harvey Weinstein — which, before a couple of months ago, would have been a huge resume boon (granted, there’d been rumors about his behavior). Do you consider his resume? If he makes it to the interview stage, do you ask about it — whether he “knew” what was going on and was ok with it, whether it was part of company culture that he accepted and perhaps expects at your company? If it’s a woman instead of a man — with the same resume — how does that change things?

I’m thankful to be one of the seemingly few women who doesn’t have a #metoo story (at least not that at the office that I can remember), but I’ve been watching the news closely in part because I worked closely with a male VIP in my law firm days and with a female VIP in my journalism days, and they’ve always played a large part in my resume and in job interviews. Fortunately, neither has been accused of anything (knock on wood) but I can’t help thinking that if either were, then future resumes/interviews would be very, very, very different. (Obviously this is a totally minor concern in comparison to those of the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted, but it’s something to think about.)

Readers, what are your thoughts? 

Psst: In the past, we’ve discussed a lot of sexism issues, including sexual harassment at workhow to deal when you work with sexist pigs, what to do when your client hits on you, and how to make your boss stop flirting with you.

Further reading:

  • The 4 Redemption Narratives We Are Currently Using to Minimize This Sexual Harassment Hellscape [Jezebel]
  • The sexual-harassment epidemic has been diagnosed. What’s the cure? [Washington Post]
  • The Conversation We Should Be Having [The Cut]
  • The Insidious Economic Impact of Sexual Harassment [Harvard Business Review]
  • Sexual harassment doesn’t just happen to actors or journalists. Talk to a waitress, or a cleaner [The Guardian]
  • (There are SO MANY other great articles and opinion pieces about this groundswell — I kind of love everything by Rebecca Traister — please feel free to share articles that have stood out to you in the comments!)

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In the post-Weinstein era, women working in male-dominated offices talk about sexual harassment, office culture, and "boys being boys." Great discussion with the readers (both those who are #metoo as well as those who are #notmetoo!)

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Former USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault Charges

(CHARLOTTE, Mich.) — A disgraced Michigan sports doctor who admits he sexually assaulted female gymnasts and possessed child pornography pleaded guilty Wednesday in a third criminal case, acknowledging that he molested girls who sought treatment for injuries.

Larry Nassar, who worked at Michigan State University and at USA Gymnastics, said he molested girls with his hands at Twistars gymnastics club in Eaton County, near Lansing. A week ago, he made a separate but similar guilty plea nearby in Ingham County, the home of his campus clinic.

“Guilty, your honor,” Nassar told a judge in response to charges involving a girl under 13 and two teenagers at Twistars, where gymnasts with hip and back injuries would line up to seek his help.

Nassar, 54, has dropped his claim that he was performing legitimate treatment with his ungloved hands.

In a third case, Nassar will be sentenced in federal court on Dec. 7 for possessing child pornography. He faces decades in prison. Meanwhile, more than 100 women and girls are suing him.

“I’m so horribly sorry that this was like a match that turned into a forest fire out of control,” Nassar told a judge last week.

The criminal cases followed reports last year in The Indianapolis Star about how USA Gymnastics mishandled complaints about sexual misconduct involving the doctor and coaches. Women and girls said the stories inspired them to step forward with detailed allegations of abuse.


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Over 200 women in the U.S. National Security community signed an open letter on sexual harassment: “We, too, are survivors”

Over 200 women in the U.S. National Security community signed an open letter on sexual harassment: “We, too, are survivors”


Over 200 women in the U.S. National Security community signed an open letter on sexual harassment: “We, too, are survivors”

More than 200 women who work on national security for the U.S. signed an open letter saying that they have survived sexual harassment and assault or know someone who has experienced it.

Signed by current and former diplomats, civil servants, servicemembers and development workers, the letter calls for stronger sexual harassment reporting, mandatory training and outside data collection on how often it occurs.

“This is not just a problem in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, newsrooms or Congress,” reads the letter, which was shared with TIME. “These abuses are born of imbalances of power and environments that permit such practices while silencing and shaming their survivors.”

The open letter is titled #metoonatsec, a reference to the “Me Too” movement which sprung up on social networks in October over sexual harassment in the aftermath of explosive reports about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s years of abusive behavior, along with allegations about other notable men.

“Assault and harassment are just as much as a problem for women working on the night-shift cleaning offices as it is for diplomats,” says retired Ambassador Nina Hachigian, who co-authored the letter with former State Department official Jenna Ben-Yehuda.

Signatories to the letter include 223 women who have served across the federal government — in the State Department, in the intelligence community, at USAID, and at the Pentagon — and at institutions within the national security space who all say that they have either witnessed or survived harassment and assault.

No specific allegations are outlined in the document, which Ben-Yehuda and Hachigian began sharing with their networks last week, but the former officials say many used it as an opportunity to open up about their experiences.

Still, some instances of harassment within the national security community have already been made public, such as the private Facebook group that Marines used to share naked photos of female service members, or the incidents former Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley detailed in an interview for the July/August 2017 edition of the The Foreign Service Journal.

“There was one occasion in the department when a boss touched me and I told him if he did it again, I’d knock the s— out of him,” she said. “He did not repeat it, but he did try to get me to curtail from the position.”

In sharing the letter with their respective networks, both women say the stories they’ve heard were not unlike the stories that have been shared by women in Hollywood and in media. The current and former ambassadors Hachigian connected with through the group she co-founded, Women Ambassadors Serving America, voiced concern about how vulnerable women in contract support positions and locals who are hired to work in U.S. embassies can be.

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Ben-Yehuda, who served in the State Department from 2001 until 2013 and founded the Women’s Foreign Policy Network, says that she has never experienced harassment herself, but recalls being told to avoid being alone with certain colleagues early in her career.

“I think that this national conversation has led a number of us, even those of us who haven’t been the direct victims of assault to really harken back to moments like that and realize what a toxic environment even comments like those can create,” she says.

Both women also say that many of the people they have heard from said that they tried to report the misconduct they faced or attempted to work through existing systems, but were left feeling like their voice was not heard. Even worse, says Ben-Yehuda, some said they felt like they became a “problem child” after coming forward. “Certainly didn’t create an environment that was conducive to coming forward,” she says.

To be clear, the federal departments and agencies that are named in the letter have sexual harassment policies in place, as required by federal law.

Within the Department of Defense, anti-sexual harassment training, data collection, oversight, and analysis is handled by the Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity. The Department also keeps track of the number of sexual harassment complaints it receives and how offenders are punished. According to the Fiscal Year 2016 Department of Defense Sexual Assault report, the Military Services and National Guard Bureau received and processed 601 sexual harassment complaints; by the end of the fiscal year, 363 of the 415 alleged offenders had been disciplined and punishment was pending for the remaining 52.

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U.S. Army Major Dave Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, told TIME via email:

“There is NO room for sexual harassment within the Armed Forces and the Department of Defense. Sexual harassment violates the responsibility of DoD military and civilian personnel to treat each other with dignity and respect. Not only that, it jeopardizes combat readiness and mission accomplishment, weakens trust within the ranks, and erodes unit cohesion. The DoD maintains a ‘zero-tolerance policy’ for sexual harassment and is firmly committed to eliminating it from our ranks.”

The State Department’s anti-harassment policies are posted on the Department’s internal and external websites. Those policies are also discussed at employee trainings and included in the Foreign Affairs Manual, according to an official. The Secretary of State also release statements on diversity and harassment to the entire workforce at the beginning of their tenure. An official says that statement is reviewed annually.

The State Department’sOffice of Civil Rights handles sexual harassment complaints and collects data on reports of harassment.The Office also instructs employees on how to report concerns of harassment to officials and the resolution process that exists within the Department. That process includes some specific deadlines that must be met and steps that must be taken and there are some limitations on who can file Equal Employment Opportunity complaints within the department, according to the Office of Civil Rights website.

According to an official, the State Department reviews its anti-harassment policies on an ongoing basis and the recent scandals have provided the office “an opportunity to assess its anti-harassment program and determine that additional resources are necessary to ensure that each report and allegation receives attention.”

The Department of Homeland Security has an Anti-Harassment Unit that “ensures that Headquarters DHS employees are aware of the DHS Anti-Harassment Directive through training as well as through information on the DHS intranet site.” Training is mandatory for new hires and conducted regularly as a part of DHS’s compliance with a 2002 law that protects federal employees from discrimination and retaliation. Also, that Anti-Harassment unit tracks complaints that are reported to the Equal Opportunity Commission. The department is also reviewing its current policies in light of recent scandals “both to further reinforce its policies to employees, as well as to remind employees on how to file a harassment complaint.”

“As Acting Secretary, I will not tolerate workplace harassment of any kind, and together with DHS leadership will continue to ensure any and all reports of intolerable behavior are addressed swiftly and in accordance with our laws and department policies,” Acting Secretary Elaine Duke told TIME in a statement.

“DHS employees are expected to treat everyone they encounter with respect and professionalism – including their coworkers.”

The National Security Council is a component of the Executive Office of the President, which has a policy against sexual harassment and discrimination, but because NSC staff includes personnel that is detailed from other departments and agencies, those staff members must also comply with the training and anti-harassment policies of their home agency.

An NSC spokesman says it conducts recurring Workplace Harassment Training to address both sexual harassment and other improper workplace conduct. Its last training for managers and employees was conducted in June of 2017. Another training has been scheduled for December and January so that NSC can meet its “semi-annual training objective.”

After this story was first published, a spokesperson for USAID told TIME via email that the agency makes its sexual harassment policy available to employees on its Office of Civil Rights and Diversity’s internal webpage. That office conducts anti-harassment training with new hires, collects data on harassment, and regularly reviews its anti-harassment policies. The spokesman said the office has been reviewing its anti-harassment program in the wake of recent scandals.

The women behind the letter also note that reporting mechanisms exist, but call training “erratic” and “irregular” and say policies often go unnoticed among staff.Theletter calls for a number of reforms including a clear indication that leadership will not tolerate certain behavior, the creation of “multiple, clear, private” channels to report abuse without fear of retribution, and regular mandatory training for employees. The letter also demands external data collection of abuse claims and mandatory exit interviews for women who leave federal service positions.

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“I think the more we know about the women in this space and their decision to stay or to leave, the more effectively we can work to put policies in place to stop it,” says Ben-Yehuda.

The also letter suggests that the spectrum of harassment that women face — from inappropriate comments and behavior to unconscious bias in promotion and hiring — could be keeping them from ascending to leadership positions at the federal agencies that deal with national security.

“Many women are held back or driven from this field by men who use their power to assault at one end of the spectrum and perpetuate-sometimes unconsciously-environments that silence, demean, belittle or neglect women at the other,” the letter reads.

According to an April 2017 Center for a New American Security report on Women in National Security, although they are underrepresented in top positions, women have made up a “stronger and more visible portion of the national security establishment” since 9/11.

In 2015, the report found, five out of 24 under and assistant secretary positions at the Pentagon were held by women. That same year, women made up 16 out of 34 of deputy, under, and assistant secretaries of state. Women also make up 15% of active duty military— up from 11% in 1990— according to Pew and around 7.1% of all U.S. military generals and admirals are women. In November 2016, three of the 11 National Security Council members were women, as were six of the 11 deputy committee members, according to CNAS.

The letter’s authors hope that conversations that are sparked as a result of them going public will lead to more data and better answers: the more that is known about composition of women in this space and their decision to stay or to leave, the more effectively leaders can put policies in place that aimed at curbing attrition, they say.

And like many who have begun to speak out on the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace, Hachigian and Ben-Yehuda acknowledge that policies alone may not be enough; to change behavior, the culture of what is and is not tolerated should change, too.

“Everybody can be a leader on this, no matter what your rank or what your position there are so many opportunities to set the tone to create a workplace that is safe and more inviting for women,” says Ben-Yehuda.

Adds Hachigian, “it’s about doing what is right for women, but also about improving foreign policy.”

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Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County Circuit Court in Lansing, Michigan on Wednesday. His sentencing is set for Jan. 12th, but he is expected to face between 25 and

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