Latest Sexual assault News

Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault trial delayed until June

Feb. 18, 2019 8:47 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault trial in New York City is being delayed until June 3. Court spokesman Lucian Chalfen confirmed the delay on Monday. The fallen film mogul is still expected to appear at a pretrial hearing March 8. Weinstein's trial had been slated for May 6, but that date...

Brazil's #metoo moment: Spiritual guru accused of sex abuse

Feb. 18, 2019 11:15 AM EST

ABADIANIA, Brazil (AP) — For over 40 years, spiritual healer Joao Teixeira de Faria drew people from all over the world to this small city in central Brazil, offering treatment for everything from depression to cancer. His work was both praised — Oprah Winfrey called de Faria "inspiring" while...

French judge refuses to block Catholic sex scandal movie

Feb. 18, 2019 11:07 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A French judge refused Monday to block the release this week in French cinemas of a movie based on a Catholic sex scandal. French director Francois Ozon's film "Grace a Dieu" ("By the Grace of God") won the Berlin Film Festival's jury grand prize on Saturday. The movie, which opens Wednesday,...

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

Feb. 18, 2019 8:30 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The organizers of Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse will meet this week with a dozen abuse victims who have descended on Rome to protest the Catholic Church's response to the crisis and demand an end to decades of cover-up by church leaders, officials said Monday....

Michigan State acting president apologizes to Nassar victims

Feb. 15, 2019 4:46 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The acting president of Michigan State University has apologized to victims of imprisoned sexual abuser Larry Nassar, the former campus sports doctor who molested patients. Satish Udpa was named acting president in January after the forced resignation of interim President John...

Court to rule on trial of teen in Maryland locker-room rape

Feb. 15, 2019 8:14 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Md. (AP) — One of four Maryland teenagers charged as adults with rape in a Damascus High School locker-room attack is set to appear in court. The Washington Post reports a judge is expected to rule Friday on whether the case against the 15-year-old will be tried in adult court or sent to juvenile...

Arizona man connected by DNA to 4 slayings indicted in Ohio

Feb. 14, 2019 8:33 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio authorities charged a man Thursday with aggravated murder in the 1992 slaying of a woman at a truck stop, one of four such killings they say he is linked to through DNA evidence. Samuel Legg III, 49, was extradited in January from Arizona to face charges in the sexual assault of a...

Louisiana Rapper Mystikal free on $3M bond in rape case

Feb. 14, 2019 8:12 PM EST

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Mystikal, a Louisiana rapper who had been in custody for nearly 1½ years on a rape charge, has been released on a $3 million bond. The artist, whose real name is Michael Tyler, was freed Wednesday from a Shreveport area correctional complex, local news outlets report. Tyler, 48,...

Second Fairfax accuser is intensely private single mother

Feb. 14, 2019 7:31 PM EST

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) — The Maryland woman who has accused Democratic Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of raping her while they were students at Duke University in 2000 is a single mother who values her privacy, worked for several years as a school fundraiser and had a sometime-turbulent personal life,...

Surgeon accused of patient sex abuse arrested on new charges

Feb. 14, 2019 7:56 AM EST

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — An oral surgeon in North Carolina accused of sexually assaulting anesthetized patients, including minors, has been charged with additional offenses. The Wilmington StarNews reports 55-year-old Michael Lee Hasson was arrested Wednesday on charges including indecent liberties with a...