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France expands rape probe against Islamic scholar Ramadan

Sep 29, 2019 - 8:39 PM

Ramadan was professor of contemporary Islamic studies at Oxford University until he was forced to take leave when rape allegations surfaced in late 2017

HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS. Swiss leading Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan speaks to a group of people as he leaves the Palais de Justice (Law Court) of Paris, on August 30, 2019 after a hearing. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Harvey Weinstein trial postponed to September

Apr 27, 2019 - 11:39 AM

The new trial date is 3 months later than expected

HARVEY WEINSTEIN. The disgraced Hollywood mogul leaves the State Supreme Court on April 26 in New York, after a break in a pre-trial hearing over sexual assault charges. Photo by Don Emmert / AFP

Roman Polanski sues US motion picture academy for reinstatement

Apr 21, 2019 - 11:26 AM

The director says the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has denied him a hearing, when it voted to oust him from the organization

French-Polish director Roman Polanski poses during a photocall prior to the screening of his movie "D'apres une histoire vraie" ("based on a true story") at the Cinematheque in Paris on October 30, 2017. - French feminists will stage a protest in Paris on October 30, 2017, as film director Roman Polanski, accused of a string of sexual assaults, is expected to attend a retrospective of his work. The Franco-Polish director, 84, will appear at the prestigious Cinematheque Francaise film archive as debate over sexual abuse rages worldwide following the allegations that toppled Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

Uma Thurman hails #MeToo but warns of danger of 'crushing creativity'

Mar 28, 2019 - 10:00 AM

'In a certain way I don't want this to crush people's creativity,' says the actress of the movement

US actress Uma Thurman poses during a photo call on the occasion of the 'Series Mania Festival' in Lille, northern France, on March 26, 2019. - Thurman came for the world premiere of the series 'Chambers' that is soon to be released on Netflix. The festival takes place from March 22 until March 30, 2019. (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP)

As R. Kelly outrage festers, will music embrace #MeToo?

Jan 31, 2019 - 6:18 PM

The release of the explosive docuseries 'Surviving R. Kelly' has renewed focus on the R&B luminary's checkered history, and triggered discussion about music's protection of its stars

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 20, 2012 R. Kelly performs at MSG Theater in New York City. - In a business long associated with seedy behavior, few artists have faced rejection for actions or allegations, no matter how shocking. But a sea change now seems possible: the release of the explosive docuseries "Surviving R. Kelly" has renewed focus on the R&B luminary's checkered history, and triggered discussion about music's protection of its stars. (Photo by Jason Kempin / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

Harvey Weinstein granted request to change lawyers

Jan 26, 2019 - 3:39 PM

Weinstein is switching to lawyers who recently represented one of his most high-profile accusers

LEGAL BATTLE. Harvey Weinstein, pictured here at a Hollywood event in April 2017, is switching legal teams. File photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter/AFP

South Korean prosecutor jailed in #MeToo case

Jan 23, 2019 - 3:55 PM

After suffering in silence for years, a female junior colleague went public and accused Ahn Tae-geun of groping her

Former senior South Korean prosecutor Ahn Tae-geun arrives at the Seoul Central District Court to attend his trial in Seoul on January 23, 2019. Ahn Tae-geun was convicted of abuse of power on January 23 in connection with a high-profile case that triggered the country's #MeToo movement and jailed for two years. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Lingerie looks for new bottom line after #MeToo

Jan 20, 2019 - 10:14 AM

French lingerie companies try to find ways to sell sexy underwear in the wake of the #MeToo movement

A person works on a product at the French feminine lingerie company Aubade headquarters in Paris, on January 4, 2019. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

Painful gynecology stories unleash #MeToo tide in the Balkans

Jan 02, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Croatian MP Ivana Nincevic-Lesandric's emotional account of an agonizing treatment she received after a miscarriage leads other women to speak up, too

WOMEN'S RIGHTS. Daniela Drandic is a member of the parents advocacy group RODA (Parents in Action), which launched an action to warn against painful gyaecological procedures and abusive comments from medical staff provoking a tide of #MeToo testimonies across the Balkans, Photo by Stringer/AFP

Judge refuses to dismiss sex assault charges against Weinstein

Dec 20, 2018 - 11:34 PM

The next hearing is set for March 2019

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 25: Harvey Weinstein along with his attorney Benjamin Brafman (L) appears at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday, May 25, 2018. The former movie producer faces charges in connection with accusations made by aspiring actress Lucia Evans who has said that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in his Manhattan office in 2004. Weinstein (66) has been accused by dozens of other women of forcing them into sexual acts using both pressure and threats. The revelations of the his behavior helped to spawn the global #MeToo movement. Steven Hirsch-Pool via Getty Images/AFP

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U.S. radio stations pull 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' in wake of #MeToo

Dec 05, 2018 - 1:00 PM

A radio station in the state of Ohio was first to announce it was pulling the song from its playlist last weekend after receiving complaints

Weinstein accused of sexually assaulting 16-year-old

Nov 01, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Weinstein denied the accusation through his lawyer Ben Brafman, who told industry magazine Variety the claim was 'preposterous'

ANOTHER CASE. In this file photo taken on June 5, 2018 Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein enters the Manhattan criminal court in New York. AFP photo

NY judge dismisses one sex assault charge against Weinstein

Oct 12, 2018 - 10:21 AM

Weinstein, an international pariah after being accused by more than 80 women of sexual misconduct, is still charged with rape in March 2013 and a forced act of oral sex in 2006

ONGOING TRIAL. In this file photo taken on June 5, 2018 Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein enters Manhattan criminal court in New York. Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP Photo

#MeToo in Europe: New laws on consent and catcalling

Oct 07, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Here is a look at how 5 countries in Europe are affected by the #MeToo movement

LAWS. There are new laws on consent and catcalling in 5 countries in Europe. Rappler file photo

From Tinseltown titan to #MeToo pariah: Harvey Weinstein's year of shame

Oct 03, 2018 - 11:15 AM

The Hollywood producer has faced many accusations of sexual assault from women who have come out to share their stories

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 25: Harvey Weinstein along with his attorney Benjamin Brafman (L) appears at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday, May 25, 2018. The former movie producer faces charges in connection with accusations made by aspiring actress Lucia Evans who has said that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in his Manhattan office in 2004. Weinstein (66) has been accused by dozens of other women of forcing them into sexual acts using both pressure and threats. The revelations of the his behavior helped to spawn the global #MeToo movement. Steven Hirsch-Pool via Getty Images/AFP

Supreme Court nominee assault storm fans #MeToo flames

Sep 23, 2018 - 9:14 AM

Sexual assault survivors – women and men alike – tweet their messages of solidarity for Christine Blasey Ford using the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport

SC NOMINEE. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

New sex charge filed against Kevin Spacey

Aug 23, 2018 - 12:26 PM

The actor has seen allegations against him pile up on the heels of the #MeToo movement

KEVIN SPACEY. The actor faces a new sexual assault charge. Screenshot from Twitter.com/KevinSpacey

Harvey Weinstein seeks to toss sex crimes case over 'warm' emails

Aug 04, 2018 - 10:29 AM

Harvey Weinstein's lawyer discloses emails from his alleged rape victim, in which she said 'I love you'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 05, 2018 (FILES) In this file photo taken on June 5, 2018 Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein enters Manhattan criminal court in New York.  Harvey Weinstein's defense lawyer on Friday, August 3, 2018, demanded that a New York court dismiss the sex crimes charges against him, explosively disclosing "warm" emails between the disgraced Hollywood tycoon and his alleged rape victim, in which she said "I love you." / AFP PHOTO / EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ

CBS titan Leslie Moonves accused of sexual misconduct

Jul 28, 2018 - 10:40 AM

CBS announces that it had launched an investigation into the 'recently reported' alleged misconduct

CBS TITAN. In this file photo taken on January 11, 2016, Leslie Moonves attends the TWC/NETFLIX Golden Globe after party, in Beverly Hills, California. Photo by Chris Farina/AFP

'I should be the poster boy of #MeToo': Woody Allen

Jun 05, 2018 - 11:46 AM

'It is a good thing they are exposing them,' he says

WOODY ALLEN. The veteran director says he should have been the 'poster boy' for the #MeToo movement. Photo from EPA/IAN LANGSDON

Harvey Weinstein hit with new sexual assault allegations

Jun 02, 2018 - 10:20 AM

Nearly 100 women have now accused Weinstein of crimes ranging from sexual harassment to assault and rape going back decades

#TheWrap: Videos to watch this week, May 21-27, 2018

May 27, 2018 - 10:46 AM

Here are the must-watch videos this week!

Harvey Weinstein charged with rape, sex crimes by New York police

May 25, 2018 - 8:15 PM

(UPDATED) The former mogul – once the toast of Hollywood and whose films won scores of Oscars – is expected to appear before a Manhattan court later in the day, where he is expected to plead not guilty

GIVES UP. Harvey Weinstein turns himself in to the New York Police Department's First Precinct after he is served with criminal charges by the Manhattan District Attorney's office on May 25, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Kevin Hagen/Getty Images/AFP

#MeToo is here to stay, says 'Game of Thrones' star Emilia Clarke

May 16, 2018 - 10:27 AM

The 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' actress says she supports US actress Frances McDormand's rousing Oscars call for clauses imposing quotas for diversity in film casts and crews

British actress Emilia Clarke waves as she leaves the Festival Palace on May 15, 2018 after the screening of the film "Solo : A Star Wars Story" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLI

Male Hollywood stars must take pay cuts – Salma Hayek

May 13, 2018 - 10:21 PM

'Time's up. You had a good run but it is time now to be generous with the actresses,' Salma says to the men

US-Mexican actress Salma Hayek Pinault walk the red carpet in protest of the lack of female filmmakers honored throughout the history of the festival at the screening of "Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, southeastern France.  Only 82 films in competition in the official selection have been directed by women since the inception of the Cannes Film Festival whereas 1,645 films in the past 71 years have been directed by men. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE

New York attorney general resigns after sexual abuse report

May 08, 2018 - 6:53 PM

It was an abrupt fall from power for Eric Schneiderman, the New York attorney general and a Donald Trump opponent whose office had launched multiple legal challenges against the Republican administration

RESIGN. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has resigned after four women accused him of physical abuse. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Ashley Judd sues disgraced Weinstein over 'smear'

May 01, 2018 - 1:51 PM

The complaint accuses Weinstein of ruining Judd's chance to be cast in the Lord of the Rings trilogy

CASE AGAINST WEINSTEIN. Ashley Judd accepts the WMC Speaking Truth To Power Award onstage at the Women's Media Center 2017 Women's Media Awards at Capitale on October 26, 2017 in New York City. File photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Women's Media Center/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 27, 2018

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

INTER-KOREAN SUMMIT. This screengrab from the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) taken on April 27, 2018 shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un (L) and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in walking together past the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries at Panmunjeom. AFP PHOTO / KOREAN BROADCASTING SYSTEM (KBS)

Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault

Apr 27, 2018 - 7:55 AM

(UPDATED) Bill Cosby sat emotionless in the packed courtroom in Norristown as the verdict was read out to stifled sobs in the gallery. Cosby's attorney vows to appeal.

GUILTY. Actor and comedian Bill Cosby comes out of the Courthouse after the verdict in the retrial of his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania on April 26, 2018. Photo by Dominick Reuter/AFP

Con man, pathological liar? Closings at Bill Cosby trial

Apr 25, 2018 - 10:51 AM

The frail 80-year-old Cosby could spend the rest of his life behind bars if convicted of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand

TRIAL. The jury will be instructed by April 25. File photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP

An open letter to my childhood molester

Apr 14, 2018 - 8:30 PM

To many people who still think that forgiveness is the only way I can move on and retrieve the part of myself that my molester took from me, I say be quiet and listen

Geoffrey Rush 'virtually housebound' in defamation case

Apr 09, 2018 - 5:03 PM

The 66-year-old actor is suing Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph' on allegations he engaged in inappropriate behavior while working at the Sydney Theatre Company

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Geoffrey Rush attends The Hollywood Reporter and SAG-AFTRA Inaugural Emmy Nominees Night presented by American Airlines, Breguet, and Dacor at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on September 14, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. Rich Fury/Getty Images for THR/AFP

Bill Cosby back on trial for sexual assault in #MeToo world

Apr 09, 2018 - 11:16 AM

The comedian returns to trial, to face the sexual assault case filed by former university employee Andrea Constand

NORRISTOWN, PA - APRIL 5: Bill Cosby (C) and his spokesman Andrew Wyatt (L) in the Montgomery County Courthouse after jury selection for his sexual assault retrial April 5, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 80 year old entertainer of sexual assault. Mark Makela/Getty Images/AFP

Hollywood honors Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in 1970s

Apr 05, 2018 - 2:40 PM

'There were no women in television during my era. So they didn't really think that we could hold an audience,' says the actress

Japanese women confront grim taboo by saying 'me too'

Apr 01, 2018 - 1:20 PM

In patriarchal Japan, where a culture of silence persists when it comes to sexual assault and harassment, raising the alarm comes at a price

WOMEN SPEAK OUT. In this picture taken on January 30, 2018, Japanese journalist Shiori Ito, who accused a television newsman of raping her in 2015, poses for a picture in Tokyo. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

What I've learned from the 'She Talks Asia' forum

Mar 29, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Yes, we have made steps in the right direction, but there's still a lot to be done when it comes to women's rights

Ex-New Zealand PM urges young women to uphold their rights

Mar 18, 2018 - 4:18 PM

'You have to be prepared to persevere over a very long period of time,' says former New Zealand prime minister and UNDP administrator Helen Clark

WOMEN'S RIGHTS. Former New Zealand PM and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark talks to Rappler CEO Maria Ressa about leadership and empowerment. Screenshot from Rappler video

Oscars chief being investigated for sexual harassment – report

Mar 17, 2018 - 8:25 AM

(UPDATED) The Academy immediately opens an investigation after receiving 3 harassment claims against Bailey on Wednesday, March 14

OSCAR CHIEF. John Bailey speaks at the Foreign Language Film Oscar nominees reception sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California, on March 2, 2018. File photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP

Stars wear #MeToo white ribbons at 'French Oscars'

Mar 03, 2018 - 11:01 AM

Stars like Marion Cotillard and Penelope Cruz join the campaign by pinning white ribbons to their dresses

French actress Marion Cotillard poses during a photocall at the 43rd edition of the Cesar Awards ceremony at the Salle Pleyel in Paris on March 2, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas SAMSON

Stage set for Oscars 2018 to mark year eclipsed by #MeToo

Mar 02, 2018 - 11:12 AM

The ceremony caps a difficult few months during which the industry has declared war on the pervasive culture of sexual misconduct after the downfall of movie producer Harvey Weinstein

Oscars statuettes stand on display during a preview for the Governors Ball during the 90th annual Academy Awards week in Hollywood, California, March 1st, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON

South Korea's Moon supports #MeToo, urges 'stern punishment' for abusers

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:08 PM

'I express my respect to the courage of the victims who spoke out about the abuses they suffered, and I actively support the #MeToo movement,' Moon says in a meeting with aides

MOON JAE-IN. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (C) addresses journalists covering the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Main Press Centre on February 17, 2018, in Pyeongchang. File photo by Florian Choblet/AFP

In year of #MeToo, women win big at Berlin filmfest

Feb 25, 2018 - 11:21 AM

The Romanian docudrama 'Touch Me Not' win the Golden Bear award

Romanian director Adina Pintilie holds her Golden Bear for Best Film she was awarded for the movie "Touch Me Not" during the awards ceremony of the 68th edition of the Berlinale film festival on February 24, 2018 in Berlin. / AFP PHOTO / Tobias SCHWARZ

Baftas 2018: And they wore black

Feb 19, 2018 - 9:56 AM

Stars arrive at British Academy of Film and Television Awards 2018 wearing black to show support for the #MeToo and Time's Up campaign

Uma Thurman details Weinstein 'attack'

Feb 04, 2018 - 9:46 AM

Thurman tells The New York Times of two incidents in London that took place after the release of 1994's Oscar-winning 'Pulp Fiction'

SILENCE BROKEN. US actress and President of the Un Certain Regard jury Uma Thurman poses as she arrives for the '70th Anniversary' ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival in France. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli / AFP

WATCH: Kesha's performance of 'Praying' brings Grammys audience to tears

Jan 29, 2018 - 3:47 PM

The artist delivers an emotional performance of the song, which hints at her alleged sexual abuse at the hands of producer Dr. Luke

KESHA. The singer is joined by stars including Cyndi Lauper and Camila Cabello for a moving performance of 'Praying.' Screengrab from Twitter.com/KeshaRose

Grammys 2018 red carpet: white roses for equality

Jan 29, 2018 - 10:24 AM

The #TimesUp movement took over the Grammys red carpet with the symbolic flower

SAY IT WITH FLOWERS. The Grammys 2018 red carpet is filled with stars wearing or carrying white roses in honor of equality. Screengrabs from Instagram.com/ladygaga, Instagram.com/camila_cabello, Instagram.com/cyndilauper

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Of sexual predators and sexual klutzes

Jan 21, 2018 - 6:00 PM

'Men like Harvey Weinstein need prison but men like the sexual bully who only thinks of his own gratification, the sexual klutz and all those in between need re-education.'

Liam Neeson says 'witch hunt' in Hollywood over sex allegations

Jan 14, 2018 - 1:13 AM

The actor was responding to the snowballing series of claims against powerful men

WITCH HUNT. British actor Liam Neeson comments on the series of claims of sexual harassment in Hollywood. Screengrab from YouTube/LionGateMovies

Catherine Deneuve among French women criticizing #MeToo movement

Jan 10, 2018 - 7:01 PM

About 100 French women signed an open letter against the movement started by women in the wake of the Hollywood sexual abuse scandal

CATHERINE DENEUVE. The French actress, shown in this file photo attending a press conference for the film 'Sage Femme,' is among the French performers, writers, and academics criticizing the #MeToo movement. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP