Padma Lakshmi Reveals Her Sexual Assault Story – It Was “Excruciating”

In an op-ed written for the New York Times, Padma Lakshmi revealed her story of sexual assault which she experienced at the age of 16. The host of Top Chef explained in her short essay why she chose not to speak to the police.

In the piece, she suggested her readers would want to know whether or not she had been drinking or not, or if she had been “ambiguous” about her desires.

However, the reality star explained, none of the aforementioned details are important. Her essay echoed sentiments often made by feminists and assault survivors, who charge that society “blames the victim,” by suggesting women’s clothing, behavior, or choice of language played a role in their victimization.

Padma said that she and her 23-year-old boyfriend at the time went to several parties together, and she was tired, so she laid in the bed and fell asleep.

She woke to find her boyfriend on top of her, raping her. He explained his actions as an attempt to not have her experience any pain during her first time having intercourse.

Padma pleaded for him not to do it, and “the pain was excruciating;” her “tears felt like fear.” He said to her following the rape, “I thought it would hurt less if you were asleep.”

According to the Top Chef host, she had absorbed “certain lessons” of the time, but only recently came to understand that what had happened to her was, in fact, rape.

Additionally, she spoke of being assaulted by her step-father’s relative when she was 7-years-old. When she informed her parents, they sent her to live in India with her grandparents. Lakshmi, in the closing remarks of her article, urged for survivors to tell their stories of sexual assault, so “codes of silence” don’t permit men to abuse women with “impunity.”

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Jimmy Bennett says he felt ‘powerless’ due to Asia Argento’s alleged sexual assault

Asia Argento’s sexual assault accuser claims he felt “powerless in a way” due to the actress’ alleged abuse.

Jimmy Bennett, who claims he was assaulted by Argento in a hotel room when he was 17, said on the Italian TV station La 7 that Argento was the one who initiated the sexual encounter in 2013.

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“If it takes a little delay it’ll take a little delay,” President Trump said of looking into allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford.
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Les Moonves was not invited to the Emmys amid sexual misconduct allegations

Les Moonves will not be in attendance at Monday night’s Emmy Awards following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations against him.

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USA Gymnastics Head Kerry Perry Resigns Amid Pressure Over Sexual Abuse Scandal

Kerry Perry, who was appointed president and CEO of USA Gymnastics at the beginning of the year to guide the struggling organization through a sexual abuse scandal involving national team doctor Larry Nassar, has resigned, effective immediately.

In a letter to its members posted on its website on Tuesday morning, Karen Golz, chair of the USA Gymnastics board of directors, said: “I am writing to tell you that USA Gymnastics President and CEO Kerry Perry informed our Board of Directors last night that she will resign effective immediately. On behalf of the board, I want to thank Kerry for her leadership under very difficult circumstances.”

Perry was brought in by previous board members who were in place during the many years that Nassar is accused of sexually abusing hundreds of gymnasts and athletes, from those he saw at his offices in Michigan State University to members of national, world and Olympic teams. The athletes say they were abused both at the national training center as well as in hotel rooms during competitions. He is currently serving an up to 175 year prison sentence in Michigan for sexual abuse charges.

Perry’s ouster was made more likely after U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) CEO Sarah Hirshland questioned Perry’s response to the concerns of survivors. Hirshland said to USA Today Sports it was “time to consider making adjustments in the leadership.” USA Gymnastics, as well as the USOC, still face lawsuits by many gymnasts, including members of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic teams, for failing to protect them from Nassar.

They maintain that they reported Nassar’s abuse to USA Gymnastics well before he was fired in 2015, but that the organization failed to immediately report the abuse to law enforcement.

Although many of the board members and other people in leadership positions at USAG during Nassar’s tenure either resigned or were fired, many survivors continued to question Perry’s lack of firm leadership and reluctance to take responsibility for the scandal and USAG’s role in it. Last week, Perry appointed Mary Lee Tracy as head development coach for the women’s elite team, a decision immediately criticized by the sexual abuse survivors, including Olympian Aly Raisman, who noted that Tracy had publicly supported Nassar even after many had already come forward accusing him of sexual abuse. Three days later, Tracy said on social media that she was asked by USAG to resign after attempting to contact Raisman.

Throughout her nine-month tenure, Perry only addressed the media once about the Nassar scandal, at a press conference held during the U.S. National Championships in August. Survivors, including Kyla Ross and Madison Kocian, the latest Olympians to come forward reporting sexual abuse by Nassar, say they have not received any support or apology from Perry or the federation. USAG maintains they are not permitted to speak to the survivors who are still in litigation with the organization.

Perry did terminate USAG’s relationship with Bela and Martha Karolyi, both of whom served as the women’s elite team national coordinator. She also cancelled USAG’s previous agreement to purchase the Karolyi ranch, which had been named as the national training center by her predecessor, Steve Penny. But the decision to cancel the monthly training sessions at the ranch came after Olympian Simone Biles tweeted last January about her abuse at the facility, and her reluctance to continue training there. USAG also has a new Athlete Task Force which is supposed to provide athletes with more access to leadership at the organization, but no Nassar survivors are part of the group.

Raisman and others have been vocal about the need for a complete change at the organization. Members of the gymnastics community have taken to social media in the wake of Perry’s departure, noting that people directly involved with covering up for Nassar remain at the organization, including chief operating officer Ron Gallimore, who the Indianapolis Star reported helped to provide cover stories for why Nassar was no longer working with USAG.

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Bold Moves to End Sexual Violence: A Not-So-Live-Blog of the 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference

Ms. is a proud media sponsor of the 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference, co-hosted by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. This year’s NSAC theme is “Bold Moves: Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation.” Leading up to the event, presenters and major speakers will be expanding on their work to answer that call right here on the Ms. blog.

Carmen here, digital editor at Ms.  (Typing that sounds repetitive, if only because that is the phrase I have said at least five times today alone at the nation’s largest annual convening of advocates, activists and experts dedicated to ending violence.)

Ms. is the proud media sponsor of this year’s National Sexual Assault Conference—which is why I’ll be spending three days in Anaheim, California handing out a million free magazines, streaming sessions and digging deeper into the topics we’re raising at the conference through a marathon of live-streamed conversations with experts and advocates from the Ms. booth in the exhibition hall.

You can follow all the action live on our Facebook page—but I’m also going to collect it right here for you, too! In this not-so-live-blog, which I’ll update sporadically (read: when I’m not arranging magazines in neat rows or holding a microphone) over the next three days, I’ll recap my conversations and the powerful themes emerging at the conference in as-close-to-real-time-as-possible right here!

Day 1: Wednesday, August 29

Setting up the Ms. booth was a labor of love. I’d like to thank coffee for making it possible.

I had come to the conference hotel with hundreds of magazines sealed up in boxes, and spent the early morning unpacking them and doing my best to make piles of our empowering covers into fans, neat rows and clean stacks. (I also may or may not have littered the hotel with copies of Ms. in hopes that wayward travelers would find them there and become members.)

The conference began with a lively plenary session featuring Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement; Anabelle Aguirre, founding member of Ya Basta!, an organization dedicated to lifting up women working as janitors (you can read more about their work right here on the Ms. blog); and Sandra Henriquez, the CEO of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault—the coalition hosting this year’s conference.

#NSAC2018: Day One Opening Plenary

The 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference opened with an inspiring plenary featuring leaders in the movement to end violence. Together, they issue a call to attendees: to make more #BoldMoves and fight to end sexual violence in the next generation. Speakers included Sandra Henriquez, CEO of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA); Anabella Aguirre, founding member of Ya Basta and Executive Board Chair of SEIU-USWW; and Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement.

Posted by Ms. Magazine on Wednesday, August 29, 2018

There was a send-off by an all-woman mariachia band, Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea, but we had to end the stream before they could start for a very exciting reason—Tarana Burke wanted to sit down and talk to Ms.! And so we sat. I chatted with Burke about #MeToo, what it was like watching her movement go viral and where she thinks it needs to go next. (We’ve talked to Burke before—check out her conversation with Ms. about #MeToo in the classroom here.)

The Ms. LIVE Q&A: Tarana Burke on #MeToo and What's Next

Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios sat down with #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke to talk about what it will take to end sexual violence—and who we need to make sure we make room for in our activism. Tune in, and stay tuned for more #NSAC2018 interviews with advocates and luminaries!

Posted by Ms. Magazine on Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Afterward, I reported back to the Ms. booth. I was greeted by David Lee from CALCASA, who wrangled Sandra Henriquez, its CEO, and helped make a conversation between us possible. I was so excited to talk to Henriquez—I was actually supposed to interview her in advance of the conference, but woke up that same day feeling under the weather and had to cancel.

Talking to Henriquez was worth the wait. We discussed how her identity as a Latina immigrant shapes her work, what went into making NSAC 2018 happen and the question she posed in the opening plenary that I couldn’t get off of my mind: What will it take to end sexual violence?

The Ms. LIVE Q&A: Sandra Henriquez on #BoldMoves and What It Takes to End Sexual Violence

Sandra Henriquez, the CEO of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, made time during #NSAC2018 to talk to Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios about what this year's conference theme—#BoldMoves—meant to her, and how she's hoping to empower advocates to make more of them.

Posted by Ms. Magazine on Wednesday, August 29, 2018

After Henriquez dashed off to her 12:30 appointment, mine arrived. Dozens of farmworker women began congregating at the Ms. booth, and their ferocious energy spilled over during a quick but galvanizing interview about where the fight for justice for farmworker women goes next. (Spoiler Alert: In the case of Lideres Campesinas, it goes right through the heart of California.)

#BoldMoves: How Farmworker Women are Fighting Back Against Rape and Harassment

Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios sat down (nope, stood up!) with a group of fired up farmworker women from Lideres Campesinas at #NSAC2018 to talk about the unique challenges they face and what's next in their fight for justice.

Posted by Ms. Magazine on Wednesday, August 29, 2018

I made sure that all of the campesinas got free memberships to Ms. and took as many magazines home with them as possible, and re-arranged the table just in time to talk to Holly Rider-Milkovich, the senior director of prevention at EVERFI, a group focused on ending violence on campus.

Rider-Milkovich wrote two blogs for the Bold Moves mini-series we published here at Ms. in advance of the conference, and I was excited to dig even deeper by talking to her. We talked about situational prevention, how administrators and campus activists can forge effective—and harmonious—relationships to end campus rape and how we can safeguard the gains survivors made under the Obama administration as we fight on through this one. We also talked about our matching haircuts for a long time, but that was off-the-record.

#BoldMoves: Holly Rider-Milkovich on What it Will Take to End Campus Sexual Assault

EVERFI's senior director of prevention, Holly Rider-Milkovich, talked to Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios about what it will take to end sexual violence on college campuses—and how administrators and students can work together to make it happen.You can read more about Holly's work on the Ms. blog: http://msmagazine.com/blog/author/hridermilkovich/

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What actually came next for me was a salad—mixed greens, edamame, tofu, roasted veggies, pickled onion, thank you very much—and a large coffee. But what happened next on the Ms. front was an illuminating conversation with Elise Lopez, a researcher currently working as the assistant director of relationship violence programs at University of Arizona’s College of Public Health.

Lopez pioneered a unique mapping study in Arizona that examined the relationship between liquor licenses and hotspots for sexual and physical violence, and its findings have heady implications for those working in prevention—and for the folks bartending in Arizona’s cities. We talked about the study and Lopez’s work with Mary Koss, who led the first national study on campus rape (in partnership with Ms.!) in the 1980’s.

#BoldMoves: Elise Lopez on Mapping Sexual Violence

Elise Lopez, assistant director of relationship violence programs at University of Arizona's College of Public Health, talked to Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios at #NSAC2018 about a unique study she just completed mapping sexual violence in Arizona's major cities—and how data can shape this movement.

Posted by Ms. Magazine on Wednesday, August 29, 2018

(Notice the sweater? Right after, I found the thermostat and turned it down.)

Day Two: Thursday, August 30

The second day of the conference started bright and early—but I had just enough time to grab my three cups of morning coffee and put out the last of the Ms. issues at our booth before my first interview of the day. Jen Brockman, the director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center at the University of Kansas, sat down with me at 8 a.m. to talk about the comprehensive sexual assault prevention program offered campus-wide at the college—and the recent structuring of a consistent engagement plan for getting student athletes more involved in the fight to end campus rape. (She wrote about the program as part of our Bold Moves mini-series right here at Ms., too!)

#BoldMoves: Jen Brockman on Engaging Athletes in Campus Rape Prevention

Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios talked to Jen Brockman at #NSAC2018 about a unique anti-sexual violence program she's pioneering at the University of Kansas that engages athletes in meaningful prevention education over the course of their college careers.You can read more about Jen's work on the Ms. blog: http://msmagazine.com/blog/2018/07/18/bold-moves-end-sexual-violence-giving-athletes-time-get-invested/

Posted by Ms. Magazine on Thursday, August 30, 2018

Afterward, we reported to the main ballroom for the opening plenary of the day, which featured young leaders in the movement and honored the trailblazers who lit their path. Inspiring and personal testimonies abounded, and there was a consensus felt in the room that this movement was in good hands moving forward—and that youth leaders would make sure this was the generation that ended sexual violence.

#NSAC2018: Day Two Opening Plenary

The second day of #NSAC2018 focused on the future of the movement to end violence—and left attendees hopeful that the next generation of leaders would shift the landscape. Speakers included CALCASA's Meghan Yap and John Finley; RALIANCE managing partners Sandra Henriquez, Monika Johnson-Hostler and Karen Baker; Menominee activist KayTeshia Wescott; Dalton Dagondon Diggs from thr Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence; and Melody Klingenfuss, a California Dream Network statewide youth organizer working with the Coalition for Humane and Immigrant Rights. The Gail Burns Smith award was also presented by Maia Christopher, from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, and Yolanda Edrington of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Posted by Ms. Magazine on Thursday, August 30, 2018

I packed up my selfie-stick-cum-tabletop-tripod immediately after the plenary ended and ran back to the exhibition hall for a day full of interesting and important conversations with advocates doing all they can to reach the most vulnerable women and girls and shift the ideas of the audiences the movement needs to reach to change the world.

First up: Liza Aseballos, the outreach specialist at the Translatin@ Coalition—the only organization in the country offering a unique array of services to trans communities, including a drop-in center in Los Angeles and programs meant to bolster the leadership and visibility of trans folks. We talked about making room in the anti-violence movement for trans and non-binary survivors—and how much hope and empowerment can come from intra-community activism.

#BoldMoves: Liza Aseballos on Supporting Trans Survivors

Liza Asebasllos, outreach specialist at the TransLatina Coalition, talked to Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios at #NSAC2018 about their work to build a more LGBTQ-inclusive movement to end violence.

Posted by Ms. Magazine on Thursday, August 30, 2018

Later in the afternoon, I was joined by Lupe Gonzalo, from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Gonzalo processes claims from farmworker women about the injustices they face in the fields—and gives them a voice as a spokesperson and movement leader organizing for change. With the help of Marley, a CIW colleague who served as a translator, we had a conversation about the fight farmworker women have led for decades against workplace harassment and assault—and how #MeToo can catch up without leaving them behind.

#BoldMoves: Lupe Gonzalo is Fighting for Farmworker Women

Lupe Gonzalo, a senior staff member at the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, has been a farmworker for 12 years—and a leader in their fight for labor justice. She sat down for a conversation with Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios about the challenges she and other farmworker women face, how they're building a movement anyway and what it means to be a voice for farmworker women in the midst of #MeToo.

Posted by Ms. Magazine on Thursday, August 30, 2018

I followed Gonzalo to the marketplace after our interview for the exact same salad as the one I had the day before—and then went back to the exhibition hall and made use of the new three-seat set-up at the Ms. booth in my next double-trouble interview, with Laurens Grant and Dr. Amy Tiemann.

Grant and Tiemann were at the conference to share and discuss the documentary The Rape of Recy Taylor, which screened on Wednesday night—and is absolutely a must-see for anyone reading this not-so-live-blog. I was eager to talk to the two award-winning producers about the central themes that stood out to me in the movie, including the power of our stories and the responsibility media-makers have to tell them in the most empowering way they can. We also hashed out how far we’ve come, lamented how far we have left to go and talked about what’s coming next for the two powerhouses after the conference. (You can learn more about Taylor’s case here.)

The Ms. Q&A: Laurens Grant and Dr. Amy Tiemann on the Rape of Recy Taylo

Award-winning filmmakers Laurens Grant and Amy Tiemann PhD helped tell the story of The Rape of Recy Taylor —and sat down with Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios at #NSAC2018 to explore how far we've come, how far we have left to go and how telling more stories can get us there.

Posted by Ms. Magazine on Thursday, August 30, 2018

After talking to Grant and Tiemann about the systemic racism that denied Taylor justice, I talked to Sameera Qureshi from HEART, an organization that educates Muslim women and girls about their sexual health and rights, about what she’s doing to challenge the biases and cultural barriers that hold anti-violence advocates back from reaching the 5,000 women they serve. We discussed what goes into making culturally competent prevention programs—and what Muslim women need the movement to do better in order to do right by their communities.

#BoldMoves: Sameera Qureshi on Centering Muslim Women in the Movement to End Violence

Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios talked to Sameera Qureshi from HEART Women & Girls at #NSAC2018 about their work to make space for Muslim women and girls in the movement to end violence—and how advocates everywhere can do the same.

Posted by Ms. Magazine on Thursday, August 30, 2018

Afterward, professional actor turned professional advocate Christian Murphy came by to talk to me about his work with Catharsis Productions, a company that creates and completes non-conventional prevention programs intended to reach key populations for the movement—including military groups and college-aged men. I was told that I could not ask Murphy on camera to make jokes, so instead we had a lively conversation about how to adjust the dialogue on rape prevention to engage the folks at high risk of perpetrating rape culture—and how boring his daughter thinks his job is.

#BoldMoves: Christian Murphy's Unconventional Prevention

Ms. digital editor sat down at #NSAC2018 with Christian Murphy from Catharsis Productions, an organization focused on creating non-conventional sexual violence prevention programs to reach target audiences. (They told a lot of jokes.)

Posted by Ms. Magazine on Thursday, August 30, 2018

Murphy and I wrapped up just in time for me to dash off to my own workshop—a lecture to a surprisingly packed room about how to effectively use social media for social change. After throwing a bunch of hot pink notecards around and asking the room multiple times whether I was doing alright, I was confident that I had, in fact, not disappointed. (Phew!) I helped the advocates in the room hash out what a social media strategy looks like for small, non-profit organizations—and how they could be harness the power of what they had the resources and capacity to manage to extend their service. Along the way, I even got a photo op in.

A receiving line of business card-hungry folks met me next to the podium after I surrendered my stage, and after I’d introduced myself and run out of tiny pieces of cardstock bearing my name, I headed back to the exhibition hall to close down the booth for the week—and do one last interview!

Sarah Colome had come to NSAC with a big mission: to challenge advocates to look inward at their own biases and prejudices manifesting in their work and help them do better. We talked about how folks fighting to end violence can fight to end white supremacy at the same time—and why they must. (She wrote about the topic for the Ms. Bold Moves mini-series just this week!)

#BoldMoves: Sarah Colome is Dismantling White Supremacy in Sexual Assault Prevention

Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios closed out day two of #NSAC2018 by talking to Sarah Colome, director of the Women's Resources Center at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, about how advocates can—and why they must—work to dismantle not just rape culture, but white supremacy alongside it.

Posted by Ms. Magazine on Thursday, August 30, 2018

After our conversation, I put the last of the booth supplies—a sparing box of pristine membership postcards, foam-core mounted signs and a SoulCycle tote bag filled with construction paper—onto a cart and headed back to my motel to rest up for the last day of the conference.

Day Three: Friday, August 31

I was literally the first person to get free coffee on day three of the National Sexual Assault Conference.

I rolled up to hotel two hours before sessions began to set up for my last live Q&A with William Tamayo, District Director for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Tamayo, who was featured in a 2005 Ms. article on the rape and egregious harassment of farmworker women for his groundbreaking work, talked to me about the evolution of the fight to end harassment, the impact #MeToo has had on his own department and what role we must all play in ensuring that the most vulnerable women workers remain at the center of our efforts to end violence and harassment.

#BoldMoves: Will Tamayo is Fighting Harassment at the EEOC

William Tamayo, United States Government Equal Employment Opportunity Commission District Director, talked to Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios about his work fighting for the most vulnerable women workers—and how #MeToo is shifting the landscape for the EEOC and workplaces across the country.

Posted by Ms. Magazine on Friday, August 31, 2018

 

Carmen Rios is the Digital Editor at Ms. and Contributing Editor and Co-Founder of Argot Magazine; her work has also appeared at BuzzFeed, Bitch, Mic, MEL, Everyday Feminism and Autostraddle, where she was previously Community Director and Feminism Editor. Like everyone else in LA, she once had a podcast; unlike everyone else, she stays pretty zen in traffic. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

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Three episodes of Anthony Bourdain’s travel series “Parts Unknown” featuring Asia Argento were pulled by CNN in the wake of the actress’s sexual assault scandal.

Argento appeared in two episodes of the series and directed one, and all three have been removed from the network’s streaming service…

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Bold Moves to End Sexual Violence: Challenging White Supremacy in Prevention

Ms. is a proud media sponsor of the 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference, co-hosted by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. This year’s NSAC theme is “Bold Moves: Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation.” In this series, NSAC presenters and major speakers are expanding on conference conversations and laying out bold moves all of us can take. Click the banner image above or this link for more Bold Moves posts.

If we truly aim to end sexual violence in one generation, we will never be successful without tearing down all forms of oppression. This year’s National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC) provides us the opportunity to do just that. In community, we are having transformative conversations about bringing margin to center in our prevention efforts—and building our capacity as co-conspirators in the movement to end racism.

In their Statement on Charlottesville, the National Task Force to End Sexual & Domestic Violence asserted that “the quest to end domestic violence and sexual assault is inextricably linked with the quest to end racism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, xenophobia, religious bigotry toward Jewish and Muslim communities and other forms of oppression toward marginalized communities, including immigrant and Native American communities.” Echoing this call to action, the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence urged us to “take responsibility within our own ranks” and “to work actively to end racism.”

Leaders ranging from Kimberle Crenshaw and Black Women’s Blueprint, Inc., to Move to End Violence and previous Know Your IX Executive Director Mahroh Jahangiri have called on us to interrogate our centralization of whiteness, our manipulation of the “oppression olympics” and the other systems of oppression we have upheld in the name of ending violence and supporting survivors.

But in order to rise to this call, activists like you and me must equip ourselves to recognize, intervene and repair the harms that we have caused—and continue to cause—in our organizing and organizational structures.

The characteristics of white supremacy, as outlined by Tema Okun and Kenneth Jones, are pervasive and frequently wedged amongst good intentions. Navigating how these characteristics show up in our team dynamics, program design, coalition building and leadership development is vital to building inclusive, safer and, ultimately, more effective social justice movements. If we want to better serve those who are inordinately impacted by abuse, and center their voices in the movement to end violence, we must collectively assess how we engage and support these communities from conceptualization to evaluation. To truly achieve liberation, we must interrogate how we do this work—and what power structures we are upholding in our efforts to create change.

We know that women of color are at a disproportionate risk of experiencing multiple forms of violence, with particular threats related to sexual, domestic and dating violence. Nearly half (45.6 percent) of American Indian/Alaska Native women, more than one in three (35.5 percent) non-Hispanic Black women, more than one in four (26.9 percent) Hispanic women and more than one in five (22.9 percent) Asian/Pacific Islander women have report experiencing some form of contact-related sexual violence, and transgender people of color who are survivors of hate violence are nearly twice as likely to experience sexual violence as their white counterparts. What is even more heartbreaking is that if you ask any sexual violence prevention educator or advocate, we will tell you that in reality, the numbers are even higher than the research tells us.

These numbers alone should be enough cause to interrogate white supremacy culture’s role in the occurrence of, and our response to, sexual violence. But our work doesn’t end there. These notions of superiority as normalized values, practices and promotions are not new—white supremacy has always been strongly rooted in our social and political systems. Our sudden collective realization of this fact in the U.S. is only further proof that we still have much work to do.

Unfortunately, for those of us who are outspoken in our opposition to white supremacy, its characteristics are still rooted in our everyday lives and work. The subtly institutionalized ways that we reinforce this ideology are no less pervasive or problematic than the mechanisms of those who have built their careers on the mantle of hate. As my NSAC co-presenter Carly Manes asserts: “The call is to spend our energy on transforming our cultural and personal habits that allow racism to thrive.”

Now more than ever, we must examine how we are both consciously and unconsciously reifying a white supremacist culture. We must recognize and unlearn the behaviors that got us to this point. 

In order to do the difficult work of unlearning these characteristics, white people must take it upon themselves to learn how these habits show up in our work and craft accountability structures. How do we as as educators perpetuate white supremacy in our program design, implementation and evaluation? In what ways are our programmatic and service structures rooted in whiteness? Moving forward, it is essential that the responsibility for these assessments not be shouldered on people of color, while simultaneously holding great respect for those who find passion in helping us along this journey.

To be clear, this conversation includes me. The deeper I dive into analysis, the more I become painfully aware of the the ways I have replicated damaging social norms and patterns—in my personal life, at work and even in my support of developing leaders. I’ve been blessed to have a community of friends willing to have difficult yet necessary conversations with me. They’ve taught me that this work requires vulnerability, that it gets messy and uncomfortable and that this work started much earlier than my existence—and will continue on far after.

Today at NSAC, we will build on the thought leadership of intersectional movement makers to catalyze a space of vested individuals hungry to disrupt the ways in which white supremacy culture manifests in our sexual violence prevention efforts. By crafting a space where attendees can transparently navigate how this toxic culture has been internalized both personally and professionally, we aim to ignite a conversation that will carry beyond NSAC to create lasting change.

Won’t you join us?

Sarah Colomé is the Director of the Women’s Resources Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a presenter at the 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference. Previously, she served as the Capacity Building Program Manager for Break the Cycle and the the SOARS Booking Director for A Long Walk Home, Inc. 

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Bold Moves to End Sexual Violence: Three Tips for Talking About Prevention

Ms. is a proud media sponsor of the 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference, co-hosted by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. This year’s NSAC theme is “Bold Moves: Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation.” Leading up to the event, we’ll be posting pieces by presenters and major speakers highlighting their plans to make those moves right here on the Ms. blog. Click the banner image above or this link for more Bold Moves posts.

It’s tough to talk about sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse. Despite our best efforts, sometimes prevention gets lost in translation. 

Once they get engaged, it’s easy for people to understand the individual actions they can take to be a better bystander, take personal responsibility, participate in self-defense classes or have one-on-one conversations about actions and behaviors. But prevention must go beyond education and individual behavior change. We don’t live in a vacuum: We’re connected to groups, communities, organizations and institutions, and these structures have the power to create safe environments and help change the way our society views sexual violence and our responsibility to prevent it.

Efforts to prevent and stop sexual violence are underway in communities across the country—and while it’s not always clear that our small actions can result in big cultural changes, prevention is possible, and it’s happeningTalking about the progress we have made is also challenging—and that’s why RALIANCE teamed up with the Berkeley Media Studies Group to release a new report to guide individuals on how to talk about prevention

Here are four key highlights.

A sign posted at the Singapore Slutwalk in 2012. (Tamara Craiu / Creative Commons)

#1: Messages are never first.

The first step is knowing what you want to change, how to change it and why it needs to be changed. Your mission comes before your message—then you dig in to expressing it.

#2: Messages have to be flexible.

There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to a strategic communications plan—from the specific strategy, to messenger and audience. All of this is also set against a political or cultural backdrop that changes.

#3: Your messenger is just as important as your message.

For a messenger to be persuasive, the audience has to identify with and trust them. (General rules for the road? Speak plainly and think about word choices and lingo. Focus on conduct, not character when talking about people who commit sexual abuse and assault.)

Ready for a test drive? Learn more about simple tips and tools in the messaging guide. Be a part of ending sexual violence in one generation! It’s on all of us to make prevention understandable.

Julie Patrick is the National Partners Liaison for RALIANCE and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Her work focuses on changing the conversation about sexual violence through efforts with the news media as well as advocates, allies and survivors. Prior to RALIANCE, Julie served for over a decade as the Senior Special Projects Coordinator with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, VA and managed the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation.

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Asia Argento allegedly admitted to Rose McGowan’s partner that she had slept with Jimmy Bennett, the former child actor who accused her of sexual assault.

Bennett, who claims Argento assaulted him in a California hotel when he was 17, settled with the actress last year for $ 380,000, according to…

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Bold Moves to End Sexual Violence: Challenging the Dialogue on Sex and Relationships Facing Gen Z

This year’s National Sexual Assault Conference theme is audacious and inspiring: ending sexual violence in one generation.

It calls out the damaging misperception that sexual assault and gender-based violence is inevitable. It summons us to think and act more creatively and courageously than ever before.

Challenge accepted. Here at EVERFI, our bold move is to dismantle the myth that Gen Z’ers are interested in hook-up culture—and support young adults in their desire to form meaningful, respectful intimate relationships with each other.

Young women at the 2010 SlutWalk in London demand respect—and a departure from rape culture. (Chris Beckett / Creative Commons)

Thankfully, we’re not alone in asserting this challenge. A significant body of research has emerged over the past decade that indicates the majority of young adults do not engage in—or, perhaps more importantly, even desire—no-strings, no expectations sexual encounters. Too often, when parents, educators, and caring adults talk with young people about intimacy and sex, the conversation focuses on what Harvard education researcher Richard Weissbourd calls “disaster mitigation”—a hand-wringing monologue about their likely sexual explorations threaded with vague references to avoiding unplanned pregnancy, asking for and receiving consent and respecting themselves and their partners.

I’ll confess: I’ve done this, even recently. It’s all important stuff, for sure. But these talks don’t do enough to offer what young adults hunger to understand better about relationships. We’re pretty lousy at teaching young people the skills they need to engage in meaningful, emotionally responsible and respectful relationships with each other.

As Weissbourd notes in a recent study on the subject: “We do remarkably little to prepare [young people] specifically for the focused, tender, subtle, generous work of learning how to love and be loved.”

But this is what college students tell us they want.

As the nation’s largest provider of online sexual violence prevention education for college students, we have significant insight on young adults’ beliefs, perceptions and experiences when it comes to relationships and sexual violence. In 2018, we included questions about this issue in our course surveys.

What we learned from nearly 4,000 college students may be surprising: 70 percent identified that they want love and respect in their relationships—and, contrary to the messages we often hear about college students and their fickle hearts (and libidos), 65 percent identified commitment and noted faithfulness as qualities they desire in relationships. Only 14 percent wanted to have casual sex, described in the survey as having “friends with benefits,” and even fewer—only 11 percent—were interested in hook-ups, which were described as “sexual encounters with no expectations attached.”

Yet, while 48 percent of college students desire love and respect for themselves, they don’t think that their peers want the same. When asked what they believed their peers wanted from relationships, 53 percent said “friends with benefits” and nearly half thought that other college students desired “sexual encounters with no expectations attached.”

The distortion these data surface between what young people personally believe about relationships and sexual intimacy and what they perceive their peers to believe is quite troubling. As sexual violence prevention scholars have noted, young adults are more likely to shape their actions based on what they believe their peers think than what they personally feel.

To end sexual violence in one generation, we all must act. Challenging the narrative that pigeonholes young people into unfulfilling sexual dynamics is the first step—and everyone can play a part in making it possible.

Colleges and universities can gather institution-specific data about student relationship choices and values to close the misperception gap when it comes to what students want out of relationships and sexual intimacy, provide parents and other supportive adults with guidance on talking to young people about love and romantic relationships and partner healthy sexuality education and sexual violence prevention efforts on campus by developing shared goals, language and programming efforts that include content related to developing, sustaining and ending emotionally significant relationships.

Parents and caring adults can engage in meaningful conversations about love, intimacy beyond sex and what is important in their own relationships, model healthy and respectful words and actions for young adults and request that schools provide developmentally appropriate and ongoing skills-focused education about healthy relationships and healthy sexuality to their students.

And here at EVERFI, we will invest our organizational creativity and courage in developing and delivering effective, positive education that helps our five million annual learners build healthy relationship skills and take action when someone is at risk of harm. We will continue to gather data about student beliefs and experiences, and deliver data- and research-driven insights to our 1,600 partner schools and to the broader community of prevention practitioners and higher education leaders.

The young adults in all our lives want and deserve respectful, loving, meaningful relationships. It is our work, together, to show them how they’re built.

Holly Rider-Milkovich is the Senior Director of Prevention at EVERFI. She brings over two decades of experience in sexual violence prevention and response and in higher education to her role. 

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Former Michigan State Gymnastics Coach Charged in Nassar Sexual Abuse Investigation

(LANSING, Mich.) — A former Michigan State gymnastics coach was charged Thursday with lying to police during the investigation into the school’s handling of sexual abuse complaints against former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Kathie Klages, who resigned in 2017 after she was suspended for defending the now-imprisoned Nassar, is now the third person other than Nassar to face criminal charges in the case. If convicted of the felony and misdemeanor counts, she could face up to four years in prison.

Charging documents don’t specify what Klages is accused of lying about, though she has denied allegations that former gymnast Larissa Boyce told her that Nassar abused her in 1997, when Boyce was 16.

Boyce had been training with the Spartan youth gymnastics team at the time. Boyce has said Klages dissuaded her from taking the issue further, even after another young gymnast relayed similar allegations.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Klages has a criminal defense lawyer. A message seeking comment Thursday was left with attorneys defending her in civil lawsuits. The charges were announced by special independent counsel Bill Forsyth, who was appointed by the state attorney general to investigate the university.

Hundreds of girls and women have said Nassar sexually abused them under the guise of medical treatment when he was a physician, including while he worked at Michigan State and Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains U.S. Olympians. Nassar, 55, was convicted of molesting athletes and possessing child pornography during separate trials that began last year, and his sentences equate to life in prison.

Others charged amid the investigations into Nassar include the former dean of the university’s osteopathic medicine school, William Strampel, who had oversight of Nassar. He is accused of neglecting his duty to enforce examining-room restrictions imposed on Nassar after a patient accused him in 2014 of sexual contact.

Strampel was charged and later retired . He also has been accused of sexual harassment by three women, including two medical students, who alleged bawdy talk about sex and nude photos, and a groping incident.

In Texas, a grand jury indicted former sports medicine trainer Debra Van Horn on one count of second-degree sexual assault of a child, making her the first person other than Nassar to be charged in direct connection with the assaults. The local prosecutor has said she was charged as “acting as a party” with Nassar, but he didn’t elaborate. Van Horn had worked at USA Gymnastics for 30 years.

Investigators have said Nassar’s crimes were mostly committed in Michigan at a campus clinic, area gyms and his Lansing-area home. Accusers also said he molested them at a gymnastics-training ranch in Texas, where Nassar also faces charges, and at national and international competitions.

Michigan State softball, volleyball, and track and field athletes have also said they told a coach and trainers about Nassar’s inappropriate behavior.

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CNN Suspends Trump-Defending Pundit Paris Dennard After Sexual Harassment Claims

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Less than two hours after The Washington Post published its damning exposé about Paris Dennard, a prominent cable news defender of President Donald Trump, CNN announced that it was suspending the pundit “effective immediately.”

“We are aware of reports of accusations against Paris Dennard,” a spokesperson for CNN said Wednesday evening. “We are suspending Paris, effective immediately, while we look into the allegations.”

Those allegations, reported by Aaron C. Davis for The Washington Post, paint the picture of a man who was repeatedly accused of sexual harassment before he was ultimately fired by Arizona State University four years ago.

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Being blind put her at greater risk of sexual assault. Now, she’s a judo champion fighting back.

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Los Angeles Authorities Will Investigate Sexual Assault Allegation Against Asia Argento

(NEW YORK) — Authorities said Monday that they are looking into sexual assault allegations by a young actor against Italian actress Asia Argento — one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s Capt. Darren Harris said investigators from his department will seek to talk to Jimmy Bennett or his representatives about the alleged incident at a Southern California hotel in 2013, when Bennett was 17.

The move comes in response to a New York Times story saying Argento, 42, settled a legal notice of intent to sue filed by Bennett, who is now 22, for $ 380,000 shortly after she said last October that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein raped her.

Argento and Bennett co-starred in a 2004 film called “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things” in which Argento played Bennett’s prostitute mother.

Bennett says in the notice that he had sex with Argento in the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Marina del Rey, California, in 2013. The age of consent in California is 18.

The notice says the encounter traumatized Bennett and hurt his career, the Times reported.

Investigators have learned no police report was filed at the time, Harris said.

The newspaper said it received court documents that included a selfie of Argento and Bennett in bed. Three people familiar with the case said the documents were authentic, the Times reported.

In a statement to The Associated Press on Monday, a lawyer for Bennett said the actor “does not wish to comment on the documents or the events” at this time.

The statement asked for privacy and noted that Bennett would take “the next 24 hours, or longer, to prepare his response.”

Argento became one of the most well-known activists of the #MeToo movement after she told the New Yorker magazine that Weinstein raped her at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 when she was 21. Argento told the magazine that she continued to have a relationship with Weinstein because she was afraid of angering him.

Weinstein has been indicted on sex crime accusations involving three women, but not including Argento.

Representatives for Argento did not respond to a request from The Associated Press for comment.


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Celebrity Big Brother signs up controversial former One Show presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli after sexual harassment claims ended his TV career

CELEBRITY Big Brother’s last signing is controversial former One Show presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli, the Sun’s Bizarre TV column can reveal.

Channel 5 bosses have landed the Sikh comedian, 49, as the mystery fourteenth housemate.

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Celebrity Big Brother’s last minute signing is controversial former One Show presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli[/caption]

He was suspended by the BBC in 2009 for six months amidst allegations of sexual harassment of a researcher and his contract was never renewed.

Hardeep cancelled a number of appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, telling his 41,000 Twitter fans a “last minute TV project” had come up.

He said: “Sincere apologies for the cancellation of the rest of my fringe run.

“A last minute TV project came up.

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“My profound thanks to @AssemblyFest for yet again being frightful hosts.

“And much love to those that gave me their hour. Love love.”

The Beeb took action after he was accused of pestering a female researched on The One Show when he was working as a reporter.

He was seen as a rising star in the corporation but has struggled to land work since.

A spokeswoman for the BBC said at the time: “Producers of The One Show received a complaint regarding Hardeep’s behaviour towards a production colleague.

“She made no formal complaint and has acknowledged that One Show management took the issue extremely seriously.

“He was reprimanded and immediately apologised. He agreed to take some time away from the show to reflect on his behaviour. This leave of absence has been agreed to be six months.”

However he denied he had been accused of sexual assault but conceded he had “overstepped the mark”.


Hardeep said: “Nobody has accused me of sexual harassment. I recognise I over stepped the mark and have apologised unreservedly.”

Other TV appearances include It’ll Never Work, which won a Bafta, Meet The Magoons, Celebrity Masterchef in 2006, a celebrity edition of The Apprentice and hosted New British Kitchen with John Torode on UKTV.

He has also had stints on the radio including on Radio 2 and 4.

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Feminist Litigators are Demanding Rights for Campus Sexual Assault Survivors—and Taking on Betsy DeVos

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded groundbreaking Obama-era guidance on campus sexual assault that made it easier for survivors to seek justice—and now, several survivor-minded organizations are taking legal action to make the department reverse course.

Civil rights litigators— including representatives from Equal Rights Advocates, the Democracy Forward Foundation, the National Center for Youth Law and the National Women’s Law Center—have petitioned the Department of Education to retract and correct DeVos’ 2017 ‘Dear Colleague’ letter, alleging that it is both “unreliable and misleading.” In a complaint, the groups claim that the new guidance has had a “chilling effect” on campus sexual assault investigations, specifically the new requirement of a higher level of evidence in such cases and the elimination of investigation time frames.

“A lot of groups that are interested in campus sexual assault and in ensuring survivors maintain equal access to education were alarmed by the Department of Education’s rescission of Title IX guidance in September and the new guidance that the department promulgated,” Robin Thurston, a senior counsel for the Democracy Forward Foundation and a lead litigator on the case, told Ms., “So those groups quickly got in touch and started talking about ways that it would be possible to push back on the discriminatory and problematic guidance.”

Thurston sees recent remarks by Candice Jackson, the head of the Department of Education’s office for civil rights, as indicative of the discriminatory nature and intent of the Department’s policy changes. Last year, Jackson told the New York Times that 90 percent of campus sexual assault investigations “fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk,’ ‘we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.’”

DeVos herself has also given survivor advocates cause for concern, especially after she conducted meetings with so-called men’s rights advocacy groups about campus sexual assault policies and began speaking publicly about her own concerns for the rights of alleged rapists. The anti-feminists DeVos was keeping company with often lament what they see as a decline in men’s due process—claims they bolster by spreading misinformation about false reporting. (False rape reports are exceptionally rare.)

“We allege that the policy is unconstitutional because it was created with the discriminatory mindset that women tend to lie about sexual assault,” said Thurston. “[The petition] deals with the principle that agencies should put forward information that is accurate, objective and unbiased, which is frequently a problem for the Trump administration. That letter [rescinding Obama-era guidance] really misrepresents how campus sexual assault policy had been formulated under prior administrations, and it borrows a lot of the language from the men’s right groups—stating that there is a crisis with due process violations on campus, and that is not really reflected in any sort of factual analysis or objective review of what is actually happening.”

Though many universities have retained policies that are in correspondence with the Obama-era campus sexual assault guidance DeVos has since rescinded, some universities are accepting her revisions—which Thurston told Ms. is “slowing down their resolution of investigations.”

One such school is the University of Kentucky, which updated its sexual assault policy last month to allow both the accusers and the accused to be joined by lawyers at any investigative panels and allow the lawyers to participate. Additionally, the new policy mandates that the panel must come to a unanimous decision in order to move forward with disciplinary actions for the accused—and though it does not allow the accusers to appeal any panel decisions, the accused are always given the option to do so.

A spokesperson from the university told Ms. that the goal for this new “balanced, compassionate approach” is to “be fair to all concerned, clear and consistent in the application of the policy, and compassionate to all those who are impacted.” They claimed that the new policy is more closely aligned with the criminal justice system, and stressed that the university has “an obligation to provide due process to those accused” at the same time that it has a duty to protect survivors—actions that mirror moves by DeVos and Jackson to downplay the occurrence of campus sexual assault and dramatize the possibility of false reporting.

Nearly seven months after the complaint was filed, and after an attempt by the government to dismiss the case on threshold grounds, a District Court judge in San Francisco agreed to hear the case last month. Advocates are hoping that the judge will soon move forward with the case; the government will have 60 days to respond to the litigators’ petition.

In the meantime, survivors on campuses across the country will have to come face-to-face with the practice of DeVos’ misguided and dangerous policies. Representatives from these universities may preach commitments to “community belonging”—but what they’re cultivating are communities where survivors lack the support and resources they deserve.

Brock Colyar is an editorial intern at Ms. He is currently a journalism and gender and sexuality studies major at Northwestern University, where he founded a campus queer and radical feminist magazine and serves as a sexual health and assault peer educator. Much of his spare time is spent overthinking intra-feminist politics and Stevie Nicks. (Photo via Colin Boyle/The Daily Northwestern.)

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Bold Moves to End Sexual Violence: Self-Defense and Self-Empowerment for Women Workers

Ms. is a proud media sponsor of the 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference, co-hosted by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. This year’s NSAC theme is “Bold Moves: Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation.” Leading up to the event, we’ll be posting pieces by presenters and major speakers highlighting their plans to make those moves right here on the Ms. blog. Click the banner image above or this link for more Bold Moves posts.

Yo soy alguien. I am somebody.

At the first anti-sexual violence program designed by and for janitors who clean high rises and office buildings throughout California, 20 female janitors repeat the phrase and proudly proclaim that yes, they are somebody. Yes, they matter.

For some, it is their first time considering this idea.

Workers at a “Justice for Janitors” march. (SEIU / Creative Commons)

Ya Basta! Coalition instructors empower women. Our classes are more about self-exploration and building self-confidence than they are about the physical defense of your person. For four hours, we carefully take women through a journey of healing and empowerment. This special investment of time and resources is critical because we find that most of the women who participate have never had the time or the space to think about their emotional wellbeing, their physical body and the pain they carry.

The reality is that no one will denounce abuse at work if they don’t believe they aren’t worth more than the violent acts they absorb.

The women we work with have all experienced different levels of abuse, and many have deeply internalized it to the point of acceptance. Often, they adopt the dominant paradigm and blame themselves for the rape, assault, harassment and bullying that they experienced. The shame is overwhelming. The fear of being shunned drives women to bury the pain as deep as they can in their soul.

Even the fiercest, most confident worker warriors who have led fights for better wages, healthcare and safe working conditions find it too uncomfortable to talk about sexual violence. To reach these strong and hurting women, we have to change their normal way of thinking.

During class, we work to respectfully deconstruct the socialization we experience growing up in a Latino culture in countries that promote spoken and unspoken violence against women. We lovingly attempt to create space between the pain and shame they feel and the ideas at the root of those emotions. We talk about our shared culture and experiences immigrant women in the janitorial industry and build a community of trust.

Our hope is that they consider the perspective that none of the abuse of their person is their fault. There are monumental forces that indoctrinate women, even girls, to a submissive, marginalized role that strips us of our voice.

Through meditation and affirmation, the women in our classes begin to realize that they don’t have to carry the burden around with them alone anymore. They have the power to free themselves and denounce their abusers. Their pathway to healing begins once they can consider it is not their fault.

After the meditation, we strive to create an outlet for the women in our classes. ¡Yo soy alguien! Say it louder. Only after a psychological breakthrough does the physical release begin.

For the last hour, the women practice how to punch, kick and jab to protect themselves from potential attackers. They channel their pain, anger, and rage into a positive outcome—understanding the principles of self-defense. So much anger comes from feeling powerless. The self-defense training gives them power. The power to change your life, your workplace and the way you understand the world.

After class, women tell us that they wish they had the class sooner, that all of what we said is true, that it is what they experienced and they believed it. Often women struggle with feelings of guilt and resentment, as most have raised children and passed on violent traditions of marginalizing womenNow that we have seen this consistent pattern, we incorporate a message of empathy and compassion. We should not be judged for error when we knew no other way.

The power we teach goes far beyond self-defense. Our instructors are “promotoras”—women leaders who have been trained as community-based educators and are leading the fight to end violence in the janitorial industry. They have transformed their pain into power and are reaching out to their coworkers to invite them to embark on this journey and stand up against sexual violence in their workplaces.

We are creating an army of women—a support network committed to reaching as many female janitors as possible. As each women connects with her power, she will be prepared to denounce her abusers in a self-empowering way.

We want as many workers to transform their profound pain into a courageous, bold, proud light that celebrates the powerful person they actually are. And as we go from training to training, we’re making that internal shift one worker at a time.

Lilia García-Brower is the Executive Director of the Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund, a California statewide watchdog organization whose mission is to abolish illegal and unfair business practices in the janitorial industry. She is also a proud founding member of the Ya Basta! Coalition which brings worker advocates and anti-sexual violence advocates together to end violence at work.

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4 Things to Know About Sexual Assault Allegations Against CBS’ Leslie Moonves

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

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

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

Five key takeaways from the lengthy New Yorker story:

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

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

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

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

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6 Women Accuse CBS CEO Les Moonves of Sexual Harassment

Six women have accused CBS CEO Les Moonves of sexual harassment over the course of three decades, according to a report in the New Yorker.

Six women told the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow — who won a Pultizer Prize last year for his reporting on allegations against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein — that Moonves sexually harassed them between the 1980s and late 2000s. Four of the women alleged that Moonves touched them inappropriately including producer Christine Peters, and two women including actor Illeana Douglas allege he had physically intimidated them and threatened to ruin their careers.

In a statement provided to the New Yorker and subsequently given to TIME, Moonves acknowledged he erred in the past, but said he never misused his power at the network.

“Throughout my time at CBS, we have promoted a culture of respect and opportunity for all employees, and have consistently found success elevating women to top executive positions across our Company,” Moonves said. “I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances. Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely. But I always understood and respected – and abided by the principle – that ‘no’ means ‘no,’ and I have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone’s career.”

CBS said it is reviewing the allegations against Moonves, adding there have never been any misconduct claims or settlements against Moonves throughout his tenure at the network.

Aside from the claims against Moonves, the New Yorker also depicts the work environment at CBS as one fraught with unreported claims of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior. In particular, several former employees reportedly allege that Jeff Fager, the former chairman of CBS News who is currently the executive producer of 60 Minutes, inappropriately touched colleagues, and made advances toward an associate producer when he was inebriated at a company party. The employees also allege that Fager turned a blind eye when other male employees engaged in similar behavior, according to Farrow’s account.

Fager said the incidents “never happened,” according to a statement from CBS. “There’s a reason these awful allegations have not been published before—despite the efforts of a few former employees who did not succeed at ‘60 Minutes.’ It is because they are false, anonymous, and do not hold up to editorial scrutiny,” he said. CBS did not directly address the allegations against Fager, but took issue with the depiction of the company as a whole.

“CBS is very mindful of all workplace issues and takes each report of misconduct very seriously. We do not believe, however, that the picture of our Company created in The New Yorker represents a larger organization that does its best to treat its tens of thousands of employees with dignity and respect,” the company said in a statement. “We are seeing vigorous discourse in our country about equality, inclusion and safety in the workplace, and CBS is committed to being part of the solution to those important issues.”


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R Kelly Addresses Sexual Misconduct Allegations On New 19-Minute Track ‘I Admit It’ (Listen)

R Kelly is apparently looking to cash in on his sexual misconduct allegations with a new 19-minute song that addresses the accusations made against him by multiple young women.

Taking to Instagram Live Sunday night, the crooner teased I Admit It, a trap-flavored, auto-tuned response in which he sings, “I done made some mistakes,” but goes on to deny allegations of sexual misconduct. “How they gon’ say I don’t respect these women, when all I’ve done is represent (30 years)/ Take my career and turn it upside down, ’cause you mad I’ve got some girlfriends (girlfriends),” he sings.

Kelly admits to being with “older and younger [ladies]” and also references the ongoing #MuteRKelly campaign.

“I admit I f**k with all the ladies, that’s both older and young ladies (ladies, yeah)/ But tell me how they call it pedophile because that s**t is crazy (crazy)/ You may have your opinions, entitled to your opinions (opinions)/ But really am I supposed to go to jail or lose my career because of your opinion/ Yeah, go ahead and stone me, point your finger at me (stone me, yeah, yeah)/ Turn the world against me, but only god can mute me (against me, mute me)”

He gets specific about allegations charged by the parents of Jocelyn Savage, who say Kelly began dating their 19-year-old daughter in 2016 and proceeded to cut off her communication with them. The parents accuse Kelly of brainwashing, grooming, and imprisoning their daughter and multiple other women at his homes in both Chicago and Georgia. For her part, Savage said she was “totally fine [and] happy where I’m at.”

“Said I’m abusing these women, what the f**k that’s some absurd s**t (what?)/ They’re brainwashed, really? (really)/ Kidnapped, really? (really)/ Can’t eat, really? (really)/ Real talk, that s**t sound silly (yeah)/ And if you really, really wanna know (know)/ Her father dropped her off at my show (show)/ And told this boy to put her on stage (yeah)/ I admit that she was over age (age)/ I admit that I was feelin’ her and I admit that she was feelin’ me (she was feelin’ me)/ I admit that that’s the s**t that comes with/ being a celebrity (celebrity)/ I ain’t chasing these ladies, no (no, no)/ These ladies are chasing me, yeah (chasing me).”

“Now I’m only saying all this s**t, ’cause how they tryna play me, yeah (yeah, oh)/ I admit that this is no disrespect to the parents (no disrespect)/ But this is my advice to you ’cause I’m also a parent (parent)/ Don’t push your daughter in my face, and tell me that it’s okay (my face, okay)/ ‘Cause your agenda is to get paid, and get mad when it don’t go your way (yeah, go way)

Kelly continues: “What’s the definition of a cult?/ Whats the definition of a sex slave?/ Go to the dictionary, look it up/ Let me know I’ll be here waiting/ Now I admit that I got some girls that love me to pull they hair (they hair)/ Now I admit that they love me to talk dirty when I pull they hair (they hair)/ Some like me to spank ’em/ Some like to get branded/ And what some of these girls want, is too much for the radio station/ Look I’m just a man y’all (man y’all)/ Not a monster or beast (no, no)/ But I admit there are times when these girls so fine, they’ll chill with a n**ga for a week (oh, for a week).”

At another point in the song, Kelly acknowledges that he himself was the victim of sexual abuse at the age of 14, singing: “Now, I admit a family member touched me (touched me, touched me, touched me)/ From a child to the age 14, yeah/ While I laid asleep, took my virginity (sleep, gini’)”

Kelly also directly addresses Jim DeRogatis, the Chicago-based music journalist who has reported on Kelly’s alleged misconduct over the last two decades:

“To Jim DeRogatis, whatever your name is (whatever your name is)/ You been tryna destroy me for 25 whole years (25 whole years, yeah)/ Writin’ the same stories over and over against (stories, stories, yeah)/ Off my name, you done went and made yourself a career (a whole career)/ But guess what? I pray for you and family, and all my other enemies (prayed for you, enemies)/ I’m not gonna let y’all steal my joy, I’m just gon’ keep on doing me (my joy, doing me).”

Listen to Kelly’s song below, followed by a transcript of the lyrics:

 

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Him Too? Anthony Anderson Accused Of Sexual Assault By Caterer That Allegedly Took Place A Year Ago

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Feminists Speak Out on Sexual Harassment in Los Angeles

Feminist advocates and women workers fighting for protections on the ground outlined solutions to sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace and told their own stories during hearings and discussions Monday at a California Assembly Committee hearing held at the headquarters of the labor union Unite Here Local 11 in Los Angeles.

Women workers and advocates testified before a select committee of the California Assembly on the sexual harassment and discrimination low-wage workers face every day. (Unite Here Local 11)

Unite Here Local 11 has fought for years to eliminate sexual violence in industries such as hospitality and food service, which have been notorious for allowing and perpetuating a culture that permits misconduct. “Speaking out isn’t a very easy option,” Annabelle Aguirre, an organizer with SEIU United Service Workers West, said during the discussion. “Everyday, when I came into work, I thought of my children in Guatemala, and I continued to work there for them.”

During the first of two panel discussions hosted as part of the informational hearing, women workers shared stories about the sexual violence and harassment hospitality and service employees face during work hours, and the retaliation that comes with reporting misconduct to their managers. When the panelists were asked by lawmakers if they felt safe at work, the women did say anything—but instead shook their heads in unison.

“Many women do not have a voice at all. When they experience something bad, they are afraid to speak out because they might be blamed,” Juana Melara, a hotel housekeeper, organizer and Time Magazine’s Person of the Year Silence Breaker, told attendees. “I urge you to stand with workers who are fighting to have a voice at their job.”

Sandra Pezqueda, a hotel dishwasher and another Silence Breaker, echoed the sentiment. “It was always he said-she said,” she explained, adding that the majority of workers in her establishment would not speak out because they were undocumented and desperately needed the work.

Women workers came together in Los Angeles to share their stories in support of initiatives in the California legislature to end sexual harassment. (Unite Here Local 11)

Later at the same hearing, experts testified on the urgency of finding and implementing solutions to workplace cultures that by and large allow and encourage harassment and abuse—and advancing economic justice initiatives to empower more women workers across sectors. Ms. Magazine Executive Editor Kathy Spillar, Attorney Monica Guizar, SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris and Unite Here Vice President for Immigration, Civil Rights and Diversity María Elena Durazo called on lawmakers and corporate leaders alike to eliminate harassment and end sex-based discrimination in the workplace.

During her testimony, Spillar dug into the ways discriminatory divisions in the workplace push women into low-wage roles with the highest risk of harassment and observed that while harassment in the workplace may not always be sexual in nature, it is always based on power dynamics. “Women are relegated to the lowest jobs in every sector,” she explained to the committee. “That just reinforces gender stereotypes and that women are just there to please their bosses and customers who have power over them. We’ve got to restructure our workplaces so that they are not segregated by gender.”

Spillar called for solutions to imbalances in power and for building cultures where harassment is unacceptable, suggesting increasing tenfold the methods of enforcement for protections against harassment in the workplace, including bystander intervention programs, and enshrining into law that retaliation is forbidden.

“I think strengthening mechanisms for enforcement is a key way to get to the bottom of this,” Spillar noted. “It’s a health and safety issue. Why can’t we have standards to address some of these issues that affect women and their health?”

Ms. Executive Editor Katherine Spillar (second from right) was one of many experts to testify last week before a California Assembly Committee on the urgency of finding solutions and ending sexual harassment in the workplace. (Unite Here Local 11)

The #MeToo movement and efforts like Time’s Up have made a splash in powerful Hollywood communities—but this week’s hearing shined a light on the importance of ensuring that low-wage women workers see the same momentum and results moving forward as women in the entertainment industry.

“As long as we are told our stories don’t matter when speaking up about sexual assault, this will continue to be hospitality culture,” Denira Palmer, a fine dining restaurant worker and member of Unite Here Local 11, declared during her testimony. “The only way to tackle this issue is through comprehensive legislation that will protect women from assault, harassment and retaliation when they come forward.”

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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More Than 140 Larry Nassar Sexual Abuse Survivors Honored With ESPY Courage Award

(LOS ANGELES) — More than 140 survivors of sexual abuse by a former team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University joined hands on stage to be honored with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the ESPYs.

The women who spoke out against the abuse by Larry Nassar stood together Wednesday night in a powerful and solemn closing to the show highlighting the past year’s top athletes and moments in sports.

Gymnast Aly Raisman, softball player Tiffany Thomas Lopez and gymnast Sarah Klein, who said she was Nassar’s first victim 30 years ago, took turns speaking. Klein chided the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and Michigan State for placing “money and medals above the safety of child athletes.”

Olympic snowboarding champion Chloe Kim won a leading three ESPYs, including best female athlete, while Alex Ovechkin claimed best male athlete.

Kim had tears in her eyes as she listened to the Arthur Ashe recipients.

“We must start caring about children’s safety more than we care about adults’ reputations,” Klein said. “If we can just give one person the courage to use their voice, this is worth it.”

Raisman added, “For too long we were ignored. It could have been avoided. All we needed was one adult to have the integrity to stand between us and Larry Nassar.”

The audience gave the group a prolonged standing ovation and remained on its feet while the women spoke.

Ovechkin joined Roger Federer and Olympic snowboarder Shaun White as double winners. Ovechkin was in Russia with his wife, Nastya, who is 8½ months pregnant.

Newly retired racecar driver Danica Patrick became the first woman to host the show at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Her opening monologue mostly fell flat, with athletes sitting stone-faced or wincing at many of the jokes.

Kim took female athlete honors over Olympic skier Mikaela Shiffrin, WNBA player Sylvia Fowles and soccer player Julie Ertz.

“This year has been filled with so many incredible memories I will hold onto the rest of my life,” Kim said as she held the silver trophy. “I really want to thank my family. They’ve sacrificed so much for me.”

Kim also claimed trophies for best female Olympian and female action sports athlete. At the Pyeongchang Games in February, she became the youngest to win a snowboarding medal when the then-17-year-old claimed gold in halfpipe.

Ovechkin, who led the Washington Capitals to their first Stanley Cup championship, also won for best NHL player. He beat out Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and fellow first-time nominees Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros and James Harden of the Houston Rockets for male athlete.

Federer’s five-set victory at the Australian Open in January for his 20th Grand Slam singles title earned honors for record-breaking performance and he also received best male tennis player.

White won best Olympic moment with his final-run performance in South Korea featuring back-to-back 1440s to take gold, and best male Olympian.

The Astros were honored as best team for winning the franchise’s first World Series.

LeBron James, soon to be starring across the street at Staples Center with the Los Angeles Lakers, won best NBA player for the third straight year on his 14th consecutive nomination in the category.

Brady claimed best NFL player, while Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels won MLB player.

On a big night for Olympians, the U.S. women’s hockey team earned best game honors for their shootout victory over Canada in the gold-medal game in South Korea.

Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz earned breakthrough athlete honors.

Quarterback Nick Foles received the championship performance trophy for leading the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl title.

The Minnesota Vikings earned best moment honors for beating the New Orleans Saints on the last play of the NFL championship game.

Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale won in the best play category for hitting a buzzer-beater in the NCAA women’s title game.

The best coach award was given posthumously to Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel and Chris Hixon, all of whom died in the mass shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Former quarterback Jim Kelly received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance for his struggle with jaw cancer. Fellow NFL Hall of Famers Dan Marino and John Elway presented Kelly with the honor.

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Wrestlers Sue Ohio State Over Late Doctor’s Sexual Misconduct

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — A lawsuit by four former Ohio State University wrestlers alleges the school failed to stop “rampant sexual misconduct” by a now-dead team doctor despite being repeatedly informed about his behavior.

In the federal lawsuit filed Monday, four Ohio men listed as John Does say Richard Strauss sexually assaulted or harassed them in the late 1980s or 1990s. The wrestlers’ lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

The university didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment Tuesday.

An independent investigation about Strauss began after such allegations were raised earlier this year. Ohio State says the allegations involve men from 14 sports

Strauss worked for the university for two decades, retiring in 1998. He killed himself in 2005.

His family has said they were “shocked and saddened” to learn of the allegations.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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John Oliver: Donald Trump Has More ‘Sexual Chemistry’ With Ivanka Than Jared Kushner

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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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Stars accused of sexual harassment and assault

Sexual abuse at the hands of powerful individuals is common in Hollywood, with cases of harassment and assault going back decades. From Bill Cosby to Roman Polanski to Harvey Weinstein, take a look back at the Hollywood heavyweights who have been accused of sexual harassment and assault throughout the years.
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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 sues Weinstein Co., Harvey Weinstein over sexual misconduct

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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Kate Upton Accuses Guess Jeans’ Paul Marciano of Sexual Harassment

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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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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James Franco Attends 2018 SAG Awards Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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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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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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Mario Testino and Bruce Weber Accused of Sexual Assault

On Saturday morning, The New York Times reported that numerous male models and assistants have come forth to accuse renowned fashion photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino of sexual misconduct. Weber’s predacious workplace practices were already under scrutiny when a male model sued …

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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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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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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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Nelly’s Rape Accuser Files Sexual Assault Lawsuit After Testimony Refusal

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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.

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[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”]

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[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

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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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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.

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