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Actress Annabella Sciorra returns after a lunch break in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

`Sopranos' actress says Weinstein raped her in the mid-1990s

Jan. 23, 2020 5:27 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra confronted Harvey Weinstein from the witness stand Thursday, testifying that the former Hollywood studio boss overpowered and raped her and made other crude overtures that included sending her X-rated chocolates and showing up uninvited in...

Robert Eugene Koehler in court at his first appearance before Judge David Silverman via closed circuit Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 at the Brevard County Jail in Sharpes, Fla. Several law enforcement agencies believe the 60-year-old Palm Bay, Fla. man to be the infamous Pillow Case Rapist, who is thought to have attacked over 40 victims when in South Florida in the early 1980s. He was arrested on Saturday, January 18, 2020. (Tim Shortt/Florida Today via AP)

Prosecutor: DNA match leads to Florida 'pillowcase rapist'

Jan. 23, 2020 4:48 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A DNA match has led to a Florida man prosecutors suspect is the “pillowcase rapist” responsible for numerous sexual assaults of women in the Miami area during the 1980s. Robert Koehler, 60, was arrested over the weekend in Brevard County and was being held without bond Thursday...

North Carolina pastor charged with more than 100 sex crimes

Jan. 23, 2020 4:20 PM EST

NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina pastor has been charged with more than 100 felony sex offenses involving three children, authorities said. News outlets reported Tuesday that Rodney Luffman, 58, was arrested without incident at his home last week in eastern Wilkes County, according to the...

Cristen Giangarra speaks to reporters on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, about the night in June that she says she was raped by a Lyft driver in St. Louis. Attorney Michael Gallagher is at center. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Alleged rape victim names Lyft, St. Louis driver in lawsuit

Jan. 23, 2020 3:43 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A woman who says she was raped by a Lyft driver in St. Louis has filed a lawsuit accusing the ride-sharing company of prioritizing profits over passenger safety. Cristen Giangarra's lawsuit, filed Wednesday, is the latest of several filed by women across the country who have claimed they...

Joseph James DeAngelo, suspected of being the Golden State Killer, appears in Sacramento County Superior Court in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Steve White ordered a preliminary hearing for DeAngelo to begin May 12, 2020.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Judge sets preliminary hearing in 'Golden State Killer' case

Jan. 23, 2020 12:10 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California judge on Wednesday set a May hearing to decide if prosecutors have enough evidence to go to trial against a man suspected being the notorious "Golden State Killer" who eluded capture for decades. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Steve White ordered the...

FILE - This Feb. 10, 2019 file photo shows then President and CEO of The Recording Academy Neil Portnow at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Portnow says a rape allegation against him aired in a complaint against the Recording Academy by his successor is “false and outrageous.” Portnow released a statement saying the academy during his tenure had conducted a thorough and independent investigation and he was “completely exonerated.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Ex-Grammys CEO says rape allegation 'false and outrageous'

Jan. 22, 2020 8:44 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Grammys CEO Neil Portnow said Wednesday that a rape allegation against him aired by his successor in a complaint against the Recording Academy is “false and outrageous.” Portnow released a statement saying that the academy conducted a thorough and independent...

This photo released by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Jonathan Watson. A second convicted child molester has died after he was beaten with a walking cane by Watson,  last week at a central California prison, officials said Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

2nd California child molester dies after beating with cane

Jan. 22, 2020 6:14 PM EST

CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) — A second convicted child molester has died after he was beaten with a walking cane by another inmate last week at a central California prison, officials said Wednesday. Graham De Luis-Conti, 62, was pronounced dead on Sunday at a hospital, three days after authorities said he was...

Harvey Weinstein leaves a Manhattan courthouse following a day in his trial on rape and sexual assault charges, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Weinstein rape trial opens, marking milestone for #MeToo

Jan. 22, 2020 5:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein went on trial Wednesday in a landmark moment for the # MeToo movement, with prosecutors painting him as a sexual predator who used his Hollywood clout to abuse women for decades, while his lawyers sought to portray his accusers as willing participants. Prosecutor Meghan...

Harvey Weinstein leaves a Manhattan courthouse after a second day of jury selection for his trial on rape and sexual assault charges, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

From #MeToo to trial: A look at the fall of Harvey Weinstein

Jan. 22, 2020 4:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — As Harvey Weinstein goes through his New York trial on rape and sexual assault charges, here's a look at the movie mogul's past and his multiple legal fights. A HOLLYWOOD KINGMAKER: For decades, Weinstein was among the most powerful men in film. Born in Queens, New York, the son of a jewel...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2019 file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. State prosecutors said Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, that the first of the four Chicago sexual abuse cases against Kelly that they'll take to trial involves a hairdresser who alleges that Kelly tried to force himself on her during a 2003 appointment. Kelly, who remains jailed, faces a raft of charges in several jurisdictions, including four separate indictments on Illinois state charges involving four women who accuse the singer of sexually abusing them during a roughly 10-year period starting in the late 1990s. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Illinois prosecutors make plan for their 1st R. Kelly trial

Jan. 22, 2020 3:20 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois prosecutors said Wednesday that the first of four Chicago sexual abuse cases against R. Kelly that they'll take to trial involves a hairdresser who says the R&B singer forced himself on her during a 2003 appointment. Although Cook County prosecutors told Judge Lawrence Frank...