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Florida sheriff to investigate Epstein's work release

Jul. 19, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida sheriff launched an investigation Friday into whether his department properly monitored the wealthy financer Jeffrey Epstein while he was serving a sentence for soliciting prostitution from underage girls. The inquiry will focus on whether deputies assigned to monitor Epstein in a...

Deemed dangerous, Epstein denied bail in sex abuse case

Jul. 18, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge who denied bail for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges Thursday said he poses a danger to the public and seems to still have an uncontrollable urge for sexual conduct with or in the presence of underage girls. Epstein, 66, also might use his "great wealth...

The Latest: Politicians praise Jeffrey Epstein's bail ruling

Jul. 18, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sex trafficking charges against Jeffrey Epstein (all times local): 2 p.m. A U.S. senator and a Florida congresswoman are praising a federal judge's decision to keep financier Jeffrey Epstein behind bars. Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary...

Kevin Spacey's legal woes persist even with groping case out

Jul. 18, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Kevin Spacey's legal woes are not over, despite the collapse of the only criminal case brought against the two-time Oscar winner since he became mired in sexual misconduct allegations. The former "House of Cards" star is still being investigated in London and Los Angeles over several...

The Latest: Spacey case sank by accuser's refusal to testify

Jul. 17, 2019 10:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the decision to drop the charge accusing Kevin Spacey of groping a young man in 2016 (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Prosecutors say they were forced to drop the indecent assault and battery charge against Kevin Spacey because of the accuser's decision to invoke his right not to...

Prosecutors drop groping case against Kevin Spacey

Jul. 17, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors dropped a case Wednesday accusing Kevin Spacey of groping a young man at a resort island bar in 2016 after the accuser refused to testify about a missing cellphone the defense says contains information supporting the actor's claims of innocence. Spacey was charged with indecent...

Indiana attorney general's lawyers downplay groping claims

Jul. 17, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lawyers for Indiana's attorney general are downplaying allegations he drunkenly groped four women during a party, arguing that the claims against him represent common behavior even if they are true. They made their arguments in court documents submitted on behalf of Republican state...

Asian entertainment industries grappling with #MeToo issues

Jul. 17, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

When Wu Ke-xi was looking for a frightening plotline for her latest film, she didn't need to look further than her own industry. The Taiwanese actress and screenwriter's latest movie, "Nina Wu," is the story of an actress who, in pursuit of a role that will lead to stardom, is abused and psychologically scarred...

Epstein defense offers explanation for foreign passport

Jul. 16, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Defense attorneys told a court Tuesday that financier Jeffrey Epstein obtained a foreign passport decades ago out of fear that he might be kidnapped in the Middle East, seeking to allay concerns over the apparently phony travel document. Prosecutors have said the passport was under an...

The Latest: Epstein says foreign passport needed for safety

Jul. 16, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sex trafficking charges against wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein. (all times local): 7:25 p.m. Attorneys for financier Jeffrey Epstein say he obtained a foreign passport under an alias in the 1980s to defend himself from potential kidnappers while traveling in the Middle...