‘Touch Me Not’ film explores sexual needs of people with disabilities

“When I was 20, I thought I knew how things worked: desire, intimacy, beauty,” director Adina Pintilie, 38, tells The Post. But “reality is much more complex.” Her film “Touch Me Not,” screening at MoMA Friday through Jan. 17, is an unflinching look at human sexuality, replete with nudity and a possibly unprecedented inclusion of…
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Mariah Carey Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit with Her Former Manager Stella Bulochnikov

Mariah Carey can finally close a rather tumultuous chapter after settling with former manager Stella Bulochnikov.

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“The parties [have] reached a mutually agreed resolution to this matter,” an attorney for Bulochnikov told the outlet.

Bulochnikov has agreed to “discontinue this action against Mariah Carey with prejudice, with each party to bear its own attorneys’ fees and costs,” according to court documents obtained by The Blast.

At this time, it is not clear whether the deal includes a financial settlement but the lawsuit sought unspecified damages, Page Six said.

Representatives for Carey and Bulochnikov did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

We’re glad that’s over.

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Sex or Eviction: Confronting Sexual Harassment in Housing

Feudal lords in Medieval Europe demanded sex with women living on their lands under droit du seigneur, the “lord’s right.” Centuries later, landlords across the country are making similar sexual demands on female tenants. 

Sexual harassment in housing is illegal under the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin and disability. In 2016, the Obama administration issued regulations on sexual harassment in housing that strengthened prohibitions on a landlord refusing to rent an apartment to an applicant unless she has sex with him; a property manager regularly making unwelcome, lewd comments about a tenant’s body; or a maintenance worker sending unwelcome, sexually suggestive texts to a tenant, and then entering her apartment without invitation or permission.

Nevertheless, landlord sexual harassment persists. According to a series of lawsuits filed by the Department of Justice, landlords regularly expose themselves, request sex in exchange for reduced rents or necessary repairs and make persistent unwanted sexual advances—and evict women when they resist. In response, the Department launched the Sexual Harassment in Housing Initiative, which addresses sexual harassment by landlords, property managers, maintenance workers, loan officers or other people who have control over housing.  

“Sexual harassment in housing is an egregious violation of a person’s right to fair housing,” U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said in a statement. “Landlords using the power they have over tenants to extort sexual favors, or even commit assaults, is intolerable. Our office is dedicated to uncovering such violations where they exist and vigorously enforcing the law.”

In the first year of the initiative, the Justice Department opened 34 sexual harassment investigations and filed six lawsuits. In April, it created a joint Task Force to Combat Sexual Harassment in Housing with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. And just this past summer, the Justice Department launched a public information campaign to raise awareness about sexual harassment in housing—including the release of a public service announcement in which three women bringing lawsuits through the Department describe their experiences of landlord sexual harassment. “If you don’t sleep with me,” one woman recalls being told by her property manager, “the sheriffs will be putting you out on Monday.”

Recent research by University of Missouri School of Law Professor Rigel Oliveri found that 10 percent of the 100 randomly selected, low-income women she interviewed had experienced sexual harassment by their landlords. “While the sample was limited, I think the results of this study should be a wake-up call to policymakers,” Oliveri told Ms. “Low-income women are easy prey for landlords who seek to exploit them for sex.” 

Noting that landlords are lightly regulated in most states, Oliveri has called for greater landlord oversight and more affordable housing options for low-income women. While women with housing vouchers were just as likely to be harassed, according to her own findings, as those without them, whether or not a woman had a voucher did seem to change her outcomes.

“The women who had resources to help them pay rent were able to turn down their landlords’ requests without it affecting their housing situation,” she explained. “The women who did not have such resources faced a much harder choice—because, for them, saying ‘no’ meant having to move.”

You can learn more about the law and steps to take if you are experience sexual harassment in housing here. You can report sexual harassment in housing to the Justice Department online here or by calling 1-844-380-6178 or emailing fairhousing@usdoj.gov.

Carrie Baker is Professor and Director of the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College.

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Kevin Spacey Is Facing a Felony Sexual Assault Charge

Actor Kevin Spacey is facing a felony charge for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenager in 2016, reports say.

The charges stem from allegations that Spacey groped the 18-year-old son of a former local Boston news anchor at a Nantucket bar, the Boston Globe reported. Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe confirmed that Spacey will be arraigned for indecent assault and battery at Nantucket District Court on Jan. 7.

The young man’s mother, former Boston WCVB-TV anchor Heather Unruh, discussed the accusations at a press conference in November 2017.

Unruh said that her son met Spacey late on a late July night at Club Car Restaurant and Bar on Nantucket. The young man told Spacey that he was of age to drink alcohol, and the actor bought him “drink, after drink, after drink,” Unruh said

Once the teen was intoxicated, Spacey reached his hands down the young man’s pants and groped his genitals, Unruh said.

“The victim, my son, was a star-struck, straight, 18-year-old young man who had no idea that the famous actor was an alleged sexual predator— or that he was about to be his next victim,” Unruh said.

When Spacey stepped away to use the bathroom, another bar patron encouraged the young man to run, Unruh said, according to the Globe. He hurried off to his grandmother’s house and told his family what happened.

Spacey was one of the most prominent alleged perpetrators that activists for the #MeToo movement accused of sexual assault and sexually predatory behavior. Spacey has been accused of sexual assault by at least 15 men, including actor Anthony Rapp, who accused Spacey of sexually assaulting him in 1986, when Rapp was 14.

Spacey wrote on Twitter last year that he does not remember his encounter with Rapp, adding, “But if I did behave as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.” Spacey also used the Twitter post to come out as gay.

Since the allegations emerged, Spacey has been dropped from a number of projects, including the Netflix series House of Cards.

Spacey did not immediately respond to a request for comment. However, on Monday he released a bizarre video in which he reprised his House of Cards character, Frank Underwood. In the video, he references unspecified accusations against him and says that he won’t take the fall for things he didn’t do, even if he has acknowledged other charges.


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‘You Want Me Back’: Kevin Spacey Releases Bizarre Video After Being Charged With Sexual Assault

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Actor Kevin Spacey is facing a felony sexual assault charge for an alleged attack on a teenager at a Nantucket bar, prosecutors confirmed on Monday.

The former “House of Cards” star did not issue an immediate comment on the legal development but did put out a bizarre YouTube video in which, assuming the character of Frank Underwood from the hit Netflix series, he declares: “You want me back.”

Spacey, a two-time Oscar winner, was accused of a range of misconduct, including sexual assault, in the early days of the #MeToo movement—which cost him his Netflix gig. He has repeatedly denied criminal wrongdoing.

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‘You Want Me Back’: Kevin Spacey Releases Bizarre Video After Being Charged With Sexual Assault

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Actor Kevin Spacey is facing a felony sexual assault charge for an alleged attack on a teenager at a Nantucket bar, prosecutors confirmed on Monday.

The former “House of Cards” star did not issue an immediate comment on the legal development but did put out a bizarre YouTube video in which, assuming the character of Frank Underwood from the hit Netflix series, he declares: “You want me back.”

Spacey, a two-time Oscar winner, was accused of a range of misconduct, including sexual assault, in the early days of the #MeToo movement—which cost him his Netflix gig. He has repeatedly denied criminal wrongdoing.

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Cosby’s lawyers cite grounds for appealing sexual assault conviction

Attorneys for Bill Cosby outlined their grounds on Tuesday for appealing his sexual assault conviction, citing what they called errors in legal procedure that may have biased the jury and warrant a new trial for the once-beloved comedian.
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Anita Hill: Companies Should Treat Sexual Harassment as an Abuse of Power

After the Congressional testimonies of Christine Blasey [f500link, ignore=true]Ford[/f500link] and Brett Kavanaugh in September, professor Anita Hill met with students at Brandeis University to discuss and process the event.

“There were a range of feelings,” said the attorney, known for her own testimony accusing then-U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. “Anger, a feeling of disgust with leadership, and unfortunately a feeling of abandonment–a sense that they were not recognized, their experiences weren’t recognized.”

Hill said the students have been very engaged in the effort to combat sexual violence on college campuses, where currently one in four women can expect to be sexually assaulted during their time at school.

“They have put a lot of energy in it and taken a lot of risk to make known the problem of sexual assault for their generation,” she said Wednesday at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit in Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Many women felt rage watching the Kavanaugh confirmation, Hill acknowledged, but disagreed with the idea that the outcome–Kavanaugh was later confirmed–meant no progress had been made in the 27 years since her own appearance on Capitol Hill.

“Maybe the Senate hasn’t changed enough, but we have,” she said. “And there’s a new generation of women coming up who are going to be even more empowered for change.”

That change needs to be large and institutional, Hill told a ballroom of executives, from college campuses to the workplace.

“I think we have to understand the root problem for what it is,” she said. “It’s not just about sexual harassment. In many ways, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It is about the abuse of power that occurs.”

Hill added: “We have to see this as a problem of power–power alignment and abuse, overall.”

If you don’t look at the issue as a comprehensive problem, it’s like playing whac-a-mole attempting to address instances of harassment as they occur, Hill said. Organizations instead need to understand the ways that people in positions of power can, and do, take advantage of others in the workplace.

“One way abuse of power is manifested is through sexual harassment,” she said. “But it’s also manifested through pay inequity. It’s also manifested through lack of leadership opportunities. It’s also manifested just by day to day aggressions that occur.”

It’s the power dynamic that often makes it difficult for people to report sexual misconduct. In the workplace, 75% of employees who report sexual harassment experience retaliation from managers or coworkers.

Because the fear of retaliation is real, companies need to make it clear from the highest levels that sexual misconduct will not be tolerated and create a standard process to rectify reports of harassment, Hill said.

“We need to make sure that we have very clear policies that are accessible and let people know, if they come forward, exactly what is going to happen to them,” she said.

It’s also important an employee knows that there will be an outcome when an issue is raised, rather than it disappearing into a human resources file, Hill added. It will require organizations to implement strong policies and live up to the promises they make to workers to begin to reduce the rates of sexual assault and harassment.

“We have to view this as a cultural problem, not a behavioral problem,” Hill said. “Do not be content with the idea that if we fire one or two high profile people, we’ve changed the culture of an institution. That is just not accurate. It’s not true and it’s not going to be effective.”

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$7 billion Slack is lagging on a key sexual harassment policy

$  7 billion Slack is lagging on a key sexual harassment policyRecently, tech giants including Google and Facebook ended their policies of forced arbitration for employees’ claims of sexual harassment and assault. In an interview for “Breakouts” on Yahoo Finance, Slack co-founder and chief technology officer Cal Henderson confirmed that Slack has not changed its policy on forced arbitration. Slack is a workplace messaging app that’s currently valued at $ 7.1 billion.



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USA Gymnastics files for bankruptcy as it seeks to resolve sexual abuse claims

USA Gymnastics filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, which will allow it to continue operating while also resolving the sexual abuse claims made by several athletes against former USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar. 
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Sexual Misconduct Claims Being Investigated by Fox, ‘Cosmos’ Producers

Fox and the producers of the television series “Cosmos” have opened an investigation into multiple sexual misconduct claims against the show’s host, Neil deGrasse Tyson. The move follows a report on the website Patheos in which two women accused Tyson of inappropriate sexual behavior. “The credo at the heart of ‘Cosmos’ is to follow the […]

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Former Michigan State President Charged With Lying to Police About Nassar’s Sexual Abuse

(LANSING, Mich.) —Ex-Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon was charged Tuesday with lying to police during an investigation of the handling of serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar — the third current or former campus official other than Nassar to face criminal charges in the scandal.

Simon, who stepped down under pressure in January, spoke with state police investigators on May 1. She is accused of making two false and misleading statements — that she was unaware of the nature of a sexual misconduct complaint that sparked the school’s 2014 Title IX probe of Nassar, and that she only knew a sports medicine doctor, not Nassar himself, was under investigation at that time.

If convicted of two felony and two misdemeanor counts of lying to a peace officer, the 71-year-old Simon faces up to four years in prison. The Mason resident is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday in Eaton County near Lansing.

The Associated Press left a message seeking comment from Simon’s attorney, Lee Silver. University spokeswoman Emily Guerrant said Simon — who remains on faculty despite resigning as president — is taking an immediate leave of absence, without pay “to focus on her legal situation.”

Simon is the fifth person to be criminally charged in the wake of Nassar’s convictions for molesting young female athletes under the guise of treatment. Numerous other people have lost their jobs or have been sued.

In August, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette charged former MSU gymnastics head coach Kathie Klages with lying to an investigator when she denied that witnesses told her years ago about being sexually assaulted by Nassar. In March, the ex-dean of the osteopathic medicine school, William Strampel , was charged with neglecting his duty to enforce examining-room restrictions imposed on Nassar after the 2014 Title IX investigation.

That probe, initiated by a patient, resulted in the school clearing Nassar.

In Texas, former USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny was charged last month with tampering with evidence while a former sports medicine trainer, Debra Van Horn , was charged in June with “acting as a party” with Nassar in the sexual assault of a child.

Hundreds of girls and women have said Nassar molested them when he was a physician, including while he worked at Michigan State and Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains U.S. Olympians. Nassar, 55, last year pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting nine victims and possessing child pornography, and his sentences equate to life in prison.

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The perfume sits rather un-subtly on my nightstand. In thick black capital letters, its label reads, “Sexual Healing.” Nearly everyone who sees the fragrance—friends, dates, even the ConEd employee dispatched to set up my internet—whips out their phone to take a photo of the cheeky sentiment.

True, I have no idea what the late Marvin Gaye smelled like in person, as I was born 11 years after his untimely death. However, I believe the scent manages to encapsulate the aura of one of the greatest, horniest songs in history—in only 50 milliliters.

If you ask Ali Kashani, founder and creator of Art Meets Art, the label that released this fragrance by Christophe Raynaud, Sexual Healing smells like “a gourmand and spicy honey accord that melts with tobacco absolute and vanilla.”

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Ron Galimore, USA Gymnastics COO Tied to Sexual Abuse Scandal, Resigns

Ron Galimore, the last remaining USA Gymnastics official who was in a leadership role during the explosive sexual abuse scandal that emerged in 2016, has resigned.

The organization made the announcement in a two-sentence press release. “The USA Gymnastics Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Chief Operating Officer Ron Galimore. We wish him well in his future endeavors.“

Galimore, a gymnast who competed in the 1980 Olympics and was employed by Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics since 1994, has been a lightning rod for criticism by abuse survivors. His resignation comes less than two weeks after the U.S. Olympic Committee initiated proceedings to remove USA Gymnastics’ status as the sport’s governing body in the country.

The Indianapolis Star first reported in 2016 that USA Gymnastics had received reports of sexual abuse but did not immediately contact law enforcement authorities. Several hundred gymnasts, including the entire Fierce Five 2012 Olympic champion women’s team, later came forward with reports they had been sexually abused by Larry Nassar, who was the organization’s team doctor.

Earlier this year, the Star obtained emails that revealed Galimore was among the USA Gymnastics officials who were involved in finding excuses for Nassar’s absences from events even after the organization became aware of growing reports of Nassar’s abuse beginning in 2015.

Olympian Aly Raisman, who was abused by Nassar, has been vocal in questioning why Galimore remained at USA Gymnastics given his role in the Nassar abuse scandal. Galimore is the only U.S. member of the International Gymnastics Federation executive committee, and at the recent world gymnastics championships in Doha was among those distributing medals.

“Why is Ron Galimore (someone who covered up Nassar’s abuse) allowed to have the honor of handing out medals at world championships? What an awful message this sends to athletes,” she tweeted on Nov. 2.

Raisman has noted that the mass of resignations from USA Gymnastics due to the sexual abuse scandal — the top leadership of its board, two CEOs, and the development training coordinator — are important steps toward rebuilding the organization, but don’t provide any answers for survivors who still want to know how and why Nassar’s abuse was allowed to continue for years.

“USA Gymnastics has not been transparent at all,” she told TIME last month. “There have been so many resignations, and no answers.”

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Supreme is selling a T-shirt dedicated to women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct

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Supreme is selling a T-shirt dedicated to women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct

There is officially less than a week until the 2018 midterm elections on November 6th.  And the clothing brand Supreme is urging people to vote—by reminding followers of Donald Trump’s alleged sexual misconduct. The company’s new “18 & Stormy” T-shirt honors both Stormy Daniels and Trump’s accusers while raising money to get out the vote.

Today, November 1st, Supreme shared the shirt design on its Instagram page. In the post, the brand noted that the tee, designed by Richard Prince, depicts all 18 women who have accused Trump of sexual assault, as well as Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who he has repeatedly attempted to silence.

Supreme added that all proceeds from the “18 & Stormy” shirt will benefit Downtown for Democracy, a political action committee that works to engage artists in the democratic process. The shirt was released on Supreme’s web store today, but it is currently sold out. Once the design is back in stock, purchasing the “18 & Stormy” tee will cost you $ 40.

Supreme isn’t the first brand to fight back against the Trump administration. In June, Lipslut released a pink matte “F*ck Trump” lipstick to help families affected by the federal government’s zero-tolerance immigration policy. And Ben & Jerry’s recently created a flavor called Pecan Resist and donated money to four social justice groups in honor of its release.

Remember: The best way to resist the current administration is by voting, so make sure to cast your ballot in the 2018 midterms.

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Google Paid Android Inventor Andy Rubin $90 Million to Keep Quiet After He Was Credibly Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Report Says

Android’s creator, Andy Rubin, received $ 90 million from Google to resign without fuss after the company found an accusation of forced oral sex by a former girlfriend and Google employee was credible, the New York Times has reported.

Google did not deny the story’s substance to the Times, and its CEO and HR chief told employees in email after the article appeared that 13 senior managers have been fired in the last two years for sexual harassment. None of them, they said, had received an “exit package” paid for agreeing to leave.

A personal spokesperson for Rubin denied the substance of the story to the Times, and said Rubin left of his own accord and did not engage in misconduct, nor have a relationship with a direct report or one that was other than consensual while at Google. Rubin and Google did not reply to requests for comment from Fortune.

The alleged incident that led to Rubin’s departure from Google involved a former romantic partner who worked in the Android division. In 2014 she told Google’s human resources department that, after she was no longer interested in the relationship, she had met with Rubin in a hotel room in 2013, according to the Times. She accused Rubin of then forcing her into oral sex, and she ended the relationship, the report says.

Rubin joined Google in 2005 with the acquisition of Android, a company he had co-founded, to build smarter mobile devices. According to the Times, Rubin engaged in multiple relationships with other Google employees. In 2009, he married one, Rie Rubin.

Rie Rubin filed for divorce May 24, 2017. Court filings show the divorce is not yet final. On Sept. 17, a court ordered Andy Rubin to pay nearly $ 80,000 a month in child support. Many aspects of the proceedings and filings were sealed because of minor children. (Andy Rubin hasn’t spoken publicly of children, and his ex-wife has mentioned them only in passing in an article about a now-closed bakery, and on social media.)

On Oct. 3, 2018, she filed a civil lawsuit against Andy Rubin. The case was temporarily sealed at Andy Rubin’s request on Oct. 11 until a hearing on Dec. 3. Rubin’s attorneys argued, among other points, that “journalists and others will publicize the allegations if allowed to learn of them.”

The Times report maintains that Larry Page, Google’s co-founder, encouraged Rubin within the company and felt Rubin hadn’t received enough compensation for his role in Android. This led to a $ 150 million stock grant issued in Sept. 2014, even after the sexual-assault investigation was underway. The Times reports that it was unclear if Page or the board knew of the investigation when the grant was approved.

However, Rubin was earlier passed over, in 2013, to run a combined Android and Chrome team. Sundar Pichai got the nod instead. Pichai went on to become Google’s CEO when the firm shifted to a holding company structure with Google as a separate division and crown jewel.

After the sexual assault allegation was reportedly found credible by Google, the Times says Page made the decision to push Rubin out. Rubin left in Oct. 2014.

Rubin went on to co-found a venture-capital firm, Playground and later founded a smartphone maker, Essential, which laid off part of its staff a few days ago after disappointing sales of its first phone model.

Rubin was briefly on a leave of absence from Essential after the news site The Information reported on a 2014 complaint at Google that appears to be one of the elements of the Times story. At the time, Rubin said the relationship was consensual and not someone in his managerial area.

The story also documented with named and anonymous sources other incidents of sexual harassment, inappropriate remarks, and relationships that crossed lines of reporting.

Hours after the story appeared, the company’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, sent email to employees that noted 48 people had been terminated in Google in the last two years, “including 13 who were senior managers and above,” and that none received an exit package. The email was co-signed by Google’s HR chief, Eileen Naughton.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Speaks Out for the First Time About Sexual Assault Allegation: ‘My Lawyers Are Confident and I Am, Too’

(MANCHESTER, England) — Speaking publicly for the first time since being accused of rape, Cristiano Ronaldo defended himself against the allegation and said Monday he is confident the truth will come out in the case.

The soccer superstar has been accused of rape in the United States. Kathryn Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit last month in Nevada claiming Ronaldo raped her in his Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. Police also reopened an investigation into the allegation at her request.

Ronaldo’s attorney, Peter S. Christiansen, issued a statement on Oct. 10 denying wrongdoing by his client.

“I’m not going to lie in this situation,” Ronaldo said at a news conference ahead of a Champions League match between his Italian team, Juventus, and former club Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday. “I’m very happy. My lawyers, they are confident and of course I am, too. The most important, is I enjoy the football, I enjoy my life. The rest, I have people who take care of my life.

“Of course, the truth is always coming in the first position.”

Christiansen declined comment. Attorneys Leslie Mark Stovall and Larissa Drohobyczer, representing Mayorga, did not immediately respond to messages.

Ronaldo previously had confronted the allegations in an Instagram video posted Oct. 3, hours after the suit was filed.

“Fake. Fake news,” the five-time world player of the year said at that time.

Christiansen has branded documents that led to media reports about the rape claim “complete fabrications” and asserted that the encounter in a Las Vegas hotel penthouse bedroom was consensual. Attorneys for Mayorga have challenged Ronaldo’s legal team to prove that documents are false.

Ronaldo joined Juventus in the offseason from Real Madrid. He has scored five goals in nine matches for the Italian champion, and two in three matches since being accused of rape.

Asked about his status as a soccer role model, the 33-year-old Ronaldo said Monday: “I know I am an example. I know, 100 percent. On the pitch and outside the pitch. So I am always smiling, I am happy man. I’m blessed that I play in a fantastic club, I have a fantastic family, I have four kids, I am healthy. I have everything.”

“So the rest, it doesn’t interfere on me,” he added, before saying with a smile: “I’m very, very well.”

Ronaldo is returning to Old Trafford for the second time since leaving United to join Real Madrid in 2009. The first time was for the second leg of a Champions League last 16-match between United and Madrid in 2013, when he was given a standing ovation by United fans and introduced as the “magnificent seven” — a reference to the number he had at the English club.

Ronaldo scored the winning goal that night, eliminating United.

The Portugal forward has won the Champions League five times, once with United in 2008 and then at Madrid in 2014, ’16, ’17 and this year.

“I remember what it was like in Manchester. My history, we won lots of trophies, cups, leagues and the Champions League. I remember the support of the fans. (Then-United manager) Sir Alex (Ferguson) is someone I will never forget. He was a huge lift in my career.

“When I knew we were playing Manchester United, it was a huge thing for me.”

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Bill Cosby seeks new sexual assault trial, reduced prison sentence

Citing new evidence, Bill Cosby has asked the Pennsylvania judge who sent him to prison for up to 10 years for sexual assault to grant him a new trial, or to reduce his sentence because of alleged procedural errors.
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Google says it won’t identify women who reported sexual misconduct on ‘Sh*tty Media Men’ list

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Google says it doesn’t plan to comply with a proposed subpoena that would ask the tech giant to hand over names, email addresses, and IP addresses of women who anonymously contributed to a Google Docs spreadsheet highlighting men in the media industry accused of sexual misconduct and other inappropriate professional behavior. 

The planned subpoena is outlined in a lawsuit filed this week by one of the accused on the Google doc, known as the Shitty Media Men list. Stephen Elliott filed the federal lawsuit against writer Moira Donegan, who came out as the document’s creator earlier this year. Elliott’s asking Google for the personal information of the list’s anonymous contributors ostensibly so he could sue them, too. Read more…

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The “frat-boy culture” at the $ 20 billion shared-office-space company “WeWork” breeds drunken sexual misconduct, according to a former employee who’s suing over multiple alleged attacks. Ruby Anaya, 33, was “director of culture” for WeWork for the past four years until her ouster in August. Anaya says she was sexually assaulted twice over the course of…
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Halle Berry Accused Of Sexual Assault By Man On Instagram

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We strongly suggest you DON’T come for Halle Berry with some stupid bullsh*t ’cause if it really is stupid bullsh*t, you’re gonna get it thrown right back atcha. And, by the way, her aim is deadly accurate. Just ask the nitwit whose name is Heath Wilson.

Check out what Wilson wrote on Instagram about a (reverse?) #MeToo moment that he claims happened between the two.

“Bumped into Halle at a party. I was a little drunk and knocked the drink out of her hand. I tried to apologize, but she grabbed me by my genitalia and said ‘This is how you can say sorry.’ I told her no, but she persisted. I was lucky enough to get away but imagine how many of her victims weren’t able to escape her clutches. Just telling my truth. #whowillstandwithme.”

Madame Berry, 53, was NOT having it. Here’s her response:

“I don’t know you, bruh. And you don’t get to make comments about me like this. I have never met you, nor have I ever disrespected anyone the way you have suggested. Now get a life and get the f*ck off my page with that bullsh*t. Peace chicken grease.”

Check out the exchanges below.

(Halle Berry Instagram comments)

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#CancelKavanaugh Continues: Sexual Assault Survivors Aren’t Done Rising Up

This Thursday marked one week since Dr. Christine Blasey Ford courageously testified before the Senate Judiciary committee about the night she alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when she was just 15. To honor her powerful testimony, Women’s March organized a day of action on October 4, calling on Senators to #CancelKavanaugh.

In Washington, D.C., thousands came together to show solidarity with sexual assault survivors, declare that they believed Kavanaugh’s multiple accusers and insist that he be rejected for a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest Court. Activists came to the nation’s capital via coordinated transportation from major cities including Boston and New York; they marched from Terry Courthouse, where Kavanaugh currently sits on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, to the Supreme Court, where they made noise and demanded to be heard.

That day of action, however, also marked the release of an incomplete FBI investigation. In response, Women’s March stunned the nation by packing the Hart Senate building with over 1,000 activists from all over the country. The halls echoed with voices shouting a consistent chant: “Believe survivors.”

Later that night, feminist leaders and organizations staged an all-night People’s Filibuster outside of the Capitol Building, organized by Indivisible. Speakers including Senators Nancy Pelosi, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Christopher Murphy and John Lewis joined advocates like Feminist Majority president Eleanor Smeal to demand dignity for survivors.

Smaller events were also organized on the spot in other cities and on college campuses.

The report’s release was followed, today, by a floor vote on the Senate advancing Kavanaugh’s nomination—and now, what began as a single protest has become a days-long feminist marathon of activism.

Today, activists continued to come together on Capitol Hill, including celebrities like Amy Schumer (once featured on the cover of Ms.!), who was arrested along with over 300 other protestors during demonstrations at the Capitol as Senators voted this morning.

After Senator Joe Manchin voted to advance Kavanaugh today, protestors swarmed his office. A crowd of survivors were arrested outside of Senator Jeff Flake’s office for protesting his own vote to advance Kavanaugh.

As the Senate casts their final votes on his nomination tomorrow, the protests will continue.

Feminist Majority will be leading rallies in Tuscon and Phoenix. They’re aiming to appeal to Senator Jeff Flake, who insisted on an investigation when approving Kavanaugh to advance out of committee but said in a statement today that he intends to vote “yes” tomorrow. Events will also take place in cities across the country as part of the #CancelKavanaugh movement. (If you can’t take to the streets before the Senate vote, you can still make your voice heard.)

Regardless of how this fight ends, feminists have made clear that they’re not going silently into the night—and that they will remember this moment in November, and for years to come. The historic activism that has emerged since Blasey Ford came forward has forced the entire country to reckon with its rape culture, and women will continue to shatter silence around violence in the wake of her courageous testimony.

Rosalind Jones is a writer and global feminist thinker with a focus on international women’s liberation. Her goal is to use her writing and language skills to elevate the voices of gender equality advocates in all corners of the world. She is an Occidental College graduate with a degree Diplomacy and World Affairs and is currently an editorial intern at Ms.

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Teri Hatcher uses her own sexual assault to prove to President Trump that victims don’t always remember details

Teri Hatcher, much like Christine Blasey Ford, doesn’t remember everything about her sexual assault.

The “Desperate Housewives” alum, who revealed in 2006 that her uncle, Richard Hayes Stone, sexually abused her when she was 5, penned an open letter to President Trump about her own memories of…

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California Lawmakers Pass Talent Protections Act to Help Models and Entertainers Fight Sexual Harassment and Eating Disorders

FIGHTING HARASSMENT: Models in California now have a little more legal reenforcement thanks to the passage of the Talent Protections Act, which was created to fight sexual harassment and eating disorders. While not designed solely for models, the law is geared for the state’s fashion and entertainment industries. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed it into law Sept. 30 and it will take effect in January.
The Model Alliance, the New York-based organization that champions models’ rights, worked closely with California State Assembly member Marc Levine, detailing models’ experiences to help develop the law and calling for its support.
Under the law, talent agencies must create educational materials about sexual harassment prevention and retaliation, as well as information about good nutrition and eating disorders for adults. For minors starting out in the entertainment industry, they and their parents, or respective legal guardian, will be required to have training in these areas. The law also mandates that information about nutrition be provided to fashion models.
Models are routinely advised to lose weight, according to what is said to be the largest survey to date on eating disorders among professional models. Published last year in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, the study was an effort

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