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US rapper A$AP Rocky gets suspended sentence for assault

Aug 14, 2019 - 8:55 PM

(UPDATED) A Stockholm court convicts the rapper of assault and handed the suspended over a street brawl in June

REJECTED. Rapper ASAP Rocky's appeal against his detention in Stockholm has been turned down by Swedish court. Photo from ASAP Rocky's Facebook page

Artists call for 'independent' probe into alleged sexual assault at Iligan workshop

Aug 12, 2019 - 10:57 PM

The artists groups also point out that the alleged incident is the 'latest of assault narratives deploring sexual misconduct within the Philippine arts and culture community in recent years'

Writers urge NCCA to probe alleged sexual assault at Iligan workshop

Aug 07, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Over 300 writers sign an open letter calling on the National Commission on Culture and the Arts to conduct a 'thorough and independent' probe considering it had funded the workshop

US rapper A$AP Rocky faces trial over alleged assault in Sweden

Jul 30, 2019 - 12:26 PM

The rapper is scheduled to appear in court after being detained since the first week of July

Sexual assault case against Kevin Spacey on shaky ground

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:00 AM

William Little, who accused the actor of sexual assault has declined to testify due to fear of self-incrimination

NANTUCKET, MA - JANUARY 07: Actor Kevin Spacey leaves Nantucket District Court after being arraigned on sexual assault charges on January 7, 2019 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Scott Eisen/Getty Images/AFP

Accuser drops lawsuit against actor Kevin Spacey

Jul 06, 2019 - 9:51 AM

A young man accused the former 'House of Cards' star of sexual assault in a Massachusetts bar

Bill Cosby appeals sexual assault conviction

Jun 26, 2019 - 11:59 AM

Bill Cosby, who is currently serving jail time, is appealing the court's verdict that found him guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman 15 years ago

Ellen DeGeneres recounts sex assault as a teen

May 29, 2019 - 9:08 AM

Ellen shares that the sexual abuse by her stepfather happened when she was around 15 years old

Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan opens up about being molested, raped

May 21, 2019 - 9:16 AM

'When men make laws that govern women’s body without their consent, I feel like I am being assaulted all over again'

Kings coach Luke Walton sued for sexual assault

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:28 AM

A female sports reporter alleges that the NBA coach forced himself on her at a hotel in California

CONTROVERSIAL. Luke Walton is already facing controversy as he takes over the Sacramento Kings' head coaching job. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP


R. Kelly girlfriends defend superstar, deny brainwashing

Mar 08, 2019 - 9:06 AM

Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage brush off allegations that the singer brainwashes women he meets and has relationships with

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 22: R&B singer R. Kelly arrives at the 1st District-Central police station on February 22, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx announced today that Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of four victims, at least three between the ages of 13 and 17. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Arizona senator says she was raped while in Air Force

Mar 08, 2019 - 7:13 AM

Arizona Senator Martha McSally, who spent 26 years in the Air Force and commanded a fighter squadron, reveals the attack in emotional remarks during US Senate subcommittee hearing on sexual assault in the military

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 06: Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) speaks while Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) (R), listens, during a Senate Armed Service Committee on prevention and response to sexual assaults in the military, on March 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP  MARK WILSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

India rape victims demand dignity at first public rally

Feb 23, 2019 - 5:08 PM

India's sexual assault survivors come together in public in New Delhi for the first time to demand justice

DIGNITY. An Indian participant of the 'Dignity March' shouts slogans as the culmination of the march at Ramleela Ground in New Delhi on February 22, 2019. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

France probes sexual assault claim against Vatican envoy

Feb 15, 2019 - 9:43 PM

The envoy, 74-year-old Luigi Ventura, is accused of molesting a man at the Paris townhall on January 17 when Mayor Anne Hidalgo gave a New Year's address to diplomats, religious leaders, and civil society figures

ENVOY. French President Emannuel Macron (L) shakes hands with Apostolic Nuncio to France Luigi Ventura during his New Year wishes to the diplomatic corps on January 4, 2018, at the Elysee Palace in Paris. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Danish airtime ban for U.S. rapper R. Kelly over sex assault allegations

Feb 07, 2019 - 12:00 PM

'As a radio we have a responsibility on who we give the airtime to. It's very serious and we feel we can't have him on the playlists," Danish media group Bauer Media says

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

Kevin Spacey denies indecent assault in groping case

Jan 08, 2019 - 10:38 AM

The actor enters a not guilt plea during the arraignment

NANTUCKET, MA - JANUARY 07: Actor Kevin Spacey attends his arraignment for sexual assault charges at Nantucket District Court on January 7, 2019 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Nicole Harnishfeger-Pool/Getty Images/AFP

Kevin Spacey due in court over sex assault claims

Jan 07, 2019 - 3:23 PM

The case marks the first time the actor has faced charges

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 04: Actor/producer Kevin Spacey talks on stage at Cars, Arts & Beats: A Night Out With "Baby Driver" at the Petersen Automotive Museum on October 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Rochelle Brodin/Getty Images for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment/AFP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: The 'kadiri' President

Jan 07, 2019 - 9:00 AM

We empower him when we laugh at his sick jokes, we empower him through our silence

Duterte's maid-molesting story 'concocted' – Panelo

Jan 03, 2019 - 1:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte claims he made up his story about touching a maid in order to 'dramatize' the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech after leading the ceremonial distribution of Certificates of Land Ownership Awards (CLOA) to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) of Cotabato Province at the Provincial Gymnasium Capitol Compound in Kidapawan City, Cotabato on December 29, 2018. Also in the picture is Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones, and North Cotabato First District Representative Emmylou Mendoza. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Alleged victim of Kevin Spacey sexual assault filmed part of incident

Dec 27, 2018 - 11:04 AM

William Little, who was 18 at the time of the assault, says he sent the videos to his girlfriend via the Snapchat app, based on court documents

Kevin Spacey to be charged with sexual assault

Dec 25, 2018 - 11:21 AM

The actor allegedly sexually assaulted a teenager in 2016

KEVIN SPACEY. The actor faces sexual assault charges. Screenshot from Twitter.com/KevinSpacey

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Nov 02, 2018 - 8:48 PM

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Nov 02, 2018 - 12:59 PM

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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

Christine Blasey Ford: her 'terrible secret' sets off a U.S. political firestorm

Sep 27, 2018 - 10:16 PM

Christine Blasey Ford is now widely known as the first of several women to come forward with sexual assault allegations against President Donald Trump's pick for the nation's top court

TESTIMONY. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago, testifies during his US Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 27, 2018.  Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump defends Supreme Court pick but says he could change mind

Sep 27, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Donald Trump says he is skeptical because he personally had been the target of 'false statements' in the past made by various women

BRETT KAVANAUGH. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2018, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

German Catholic Church apologizes for mass child sex abuse

Sep 26, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Cardinal Reinhard Marx says he is ashamed over the decades of abuse that have shattered trust, as well as how so many looked away for so long

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Chairman of the German Bishops' Conference arrives for the beginning of the Autumn Plenary Assembly of the German Bishops' Conference on September 24, 2018 in Fulda, on the eve of a presentation of a report on the extent of sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic clerics against children in 1946 and 2014. Photo by Arne Dedert/AFP

Cosby back in court September 24 for start of sentencing

Sep 24, 2018 - 4:34 PM

Bill Cosby faces a maximum potential sentence of 30 years on sexual assault charges

Texan campaigner for 3D-printed guns wanted for sex with minor

Sep 20, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Cody Wilson – who advocates 3D-printed weapons – is currently in Taiwan according to the island's authorities. He is wanted in the US for having sex with a 16-year-old, according to police.

CODY WILSON. In this file photo Cody Wilson, owner of Defense Distributed company, holds a 3D printed gun, called the "Liberator", in his factory in Austin, Texas on August 1, 2018. Photo by Kelly West/AFP

Trump Supreme Court pick denies 1980s sexual assault story

Sep 15, 2018 - 10:33 AM

In a statement released to US media, Kavanaugh rejected the woman's claim, made in a letter to the Democrats vetting his nomination, that he tried to force himself on her during a party

BRETT KAVANAUGH. US Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the East Room of the White House on July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Ex-UN climate chief to face sexual assault trial

Sep 14, 2018 - 9:48 PM

Rajendra Pachauri is charged under various counts including sexual assault, harassment and criminal intimidation, according to the complainant's lawyer

RAJENDRA PACHAURI. In this file photo taken on December 11, 2014 Indian former UN climate panel chief Rajendra Pachauri speaks during a high level meeting at the UN COP20 and CMP10 climate change conferences in Lima. File photo by Eitan Abramovich/AFP

Catholic priests abused thousands in Germany – study

Sep 12, 2018 - 8:13 PM

According to the study, 1,670 clergymen in Germany committed some form of sexual attack against 3,677 minors between 1946 and 2014, Spiegel Online reports. Most of the victims were boys.

CEO Leslie Moonves leaves CBS over sexual misconduct claims

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Moonves has been accused last July of inappropriate behavior stretching back decades

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 12, 2017, Leslie 'Les' Moonves, president and chief executive officer of CBS Corporation, attends the third day of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho.  Six more women have stepped forward to accuse influential CBS chairman Leslie Moonves of sexual harassment and assault, as reports circulated that his negotiated departure from the network might be imminent. The New Yorker reported Sunday, August 9, 2018, that the women say they were harassed or assaulted between 1980 and the early 2000s by Moonves, who in more than two decades with the network helped lift it from last place to profitable status as America's most-watched. / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Drew Angerer

US actor speaks out over Asia Argento assault claim

Aug 23, 2018 - 10:42 AM

'I did not initially speak out about my story because I chose to handle it in private with the person who wronged me'

SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS. Asia Argento is accused of assaulting an actor when he was only 17. Photo from Asia Argento's Instagram

Protests after 7-year-old raped in Delhi

Aug 10, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Local media reports say the suspect, who had been hired by the school just a month ago, pulled the girl into a secluded water-pump room just as she was leaving to go home

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

[OPINION | DASH of SAS] To prevent rape, understand consent

Jul 25, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The Angono Police's tips to prevent rape 'was well-intentioned' but admittedly not well-thought out or researched, says Philippine National Police spokesperson Benigno Durana Jr

Indian minor raped by 17 men over weeks

Jul 17, 2018 - 6:54 PM

Among those arrested are the 300-room building's security guards, plumber and elevator operator, state police say.

Harvey Weinstein indicted for sex crimes against 3rd woman

Jul 03, 2018 - 3:05 PM

The charges is the latest for the disgraced movie producer following two accusations from 2013 and 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Producer Harvey Weinstein speaks onstage at The Weinstein Company's Pre-Oscar Dinner in partnership with Bvlgari and Grey Goose at Montage Beverly Hills on February 25, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. Rich Polk/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company/AFP

Guess co-founder quits after sex assault probe

Jun 13, 2018 - 10:38 AM

Guess co-founder Paul Marciano has resigned from his post as executive chairman, but will remain the company's chief creative officer

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 05: Fashion designer and co-founder of Guess? Inc. Paul Marciano speaks at GUESS Celebrates 35 Years with Opening of Exhibition at the FIDM Museum & Galleries at FIDM Museum & Galleries on the Park on June 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for GUESS, Inc. /AFP

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

New York grand jury indicts Harvey Weinstein on rape, sex crime charges

May 31, 2018 - 9:42 AM

The indictment is next step for prosecutors to bring the movie producer to trial on charges of alleged sex crimes

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

Harvey Weinstein expected to 'surrender' to New York authorities Friday

May 25, 2018 - 10:53 AM

US media reported that the former movie powerbroker is set to surrender, after being indicted by a Manhattan grand jury

(FILES) This file photo taken on December 16, 2013 shows producer Harvey Weinstein attend the premiere of "August: Osage County," at the Regal Cinemas at LA Live in Los Angeles, California. Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's former company has announced on February 26, 2018 it will file for bankruptcy, complaining that talks with frontrunner investors to buy the troubled studio had collapsed, leaving it with "no choice" but to go to the wall. The Weinstein Company said that it had failed to reach a deal with an investor group led by Maria Contreras-Sweet, a former Obama administration official, for a reported $500 million despite a last-minute push to make the deal palatable to New York prosecutors. / AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK

8 women accuse Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior, harassment

May 25, 2018 - 1:02 AM

(UPDATED) The CNN investigation was triggered by harassment experienced by one of its entertainment reporters at a press junket

INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR. Actor Morgan Freeman  is facing sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior from women multiple women. File photo  by Frederic J. Brown/ AFP

Celebrity chef Mario Batali accused of sexual assault: report

May 21, 2018 - 9:55 AM

'I woke up by myself on the floor, I don't know where I am, of an empty room, wooden floor. I see broken bottles. The first thing I think is, 'I've been drugged.' '

SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS. The celebrity chef again faces allegations of sexual assault. File photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Fast Company/AFP

'I was so naive': Georgina Chapman lifts lid on scandal

May 11, 2018 - 9:09 AM

The Marchesa designer talks to 'Vogue' about the scandal involving husband Harvey Weinstein, 7 months after rape and sexual harassment allegations came out

Fashion designer Georgina Chapman, co-founder of Marchesa, talks to the press after her shows during the Arab Fashion Week in the United Arab Emirate of Dubai on May 16, 2017.   / AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIB

Pop star Chris Brown named in sex assault lawsuit

May 10, 2018 - 8:33 PM

The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, says she was lured to the singer's house following a concert at a nightclub on February 23, 2017 and was raped by Lowell Grissom, who performs under the name Young Lo

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 26, 2015 shows singer Chris Brown performing during a free concert in Champ de Mars, downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  A Los Angeles woman filed a lawsuit on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 against Chris Brown and a fellow rapper, alleging she was repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted at Brown's home during a drug- and alcohol-fueled party last year. The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, said she was lured to the singer's house following a concert at a nightclub on February 23, 2017 and was raped several times by Lowell Grissom, who performs under the name Young Lo.  / AFP PHOTO / Hector RETAMAL

Washington's Kennedy Center rescinds Cosby awards

May 08, 2018 - 7:30 AM

The move comes just days after Cosby was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars

GUILTY. Bill Cosby has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars. He has also been stripped of various honorary degrees.. File photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP