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Simmons doc, sans Oprah, receives huge ovation at Sundance

Jan. 26, 2020 4:44 AM EST

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Without Oprah or Apple, the Russell Simmons documentary “On the Record” went ahead with its premiere Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival, where the women who came forward with sexual assault allegations against the hip-hop mogul received one of the festival's most...

Harvey Weinstein arrives at court for his rape trial, in New York, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Week 1 of Weinstein trial: Vile allegations, X-rated gifts

Jan. 25, 2020 12:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein trundled into court this week for the start of a New York City rape trial, facing the prospect of a conviction that could put him in prison for the rest of his life. Within the first three days of the #MeToo-era trial, the once-heralded Hollywood titan whom prosecutors...

Ex-gymnastics coach gets 50 years in prison for sex assaults

Jan. 24, 2020 7:57 PM EST

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A former gymnastics coach was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison for sexually assaulting young female gymnasts in North Texas and Oklahoma. Skipper Crawley, 53, of Kemp, Texas, pleaded guilty in a Tarrant County state district court in Fort Worth to four counts of aggravated...

Actress Rosie Perez arrives for Harvey Weinstein's rape trial, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Actress Rosie Perez says she was told of Weinstein rape

Jan. 24, 2020 4:35 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — "Do the Right Thing" actress Rosie Perez testified Friday that fellow screen star Annabella Sciorra told her in the mid-1990s that Harvey Weinstein had raped her but that she couldn't go to the police because “he'd destroy me.” Taking the stand at the former Hollywood mogul's...

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2019, file photo, attorney Alan Dershowitz talks to the press outside federal court, in New York. Retired law professor Alan Dershowitz says he hasn't changed at all and has a long history of representing people whose views he doesn't necessarily agree with. Dershowitz is part of President Donald Trump's defense team at the Senate impeachment trial. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

2 lawyers on Trump defense team shared Epstein as a client

Jan. 24, 2020 2:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the lawyers on President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team have shared another client: Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr both helped the late hedge fund manager and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein win a lenient sentence for abusing underaged girls. Dershowitz and Starr, both...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2020, file photo, Amy Braley Franck, a civilian victim advocate with the 416th Theater Engineer Command, poses for a portrait with more than 800 pages from several sexual abuse reports at her home in Oswego, Ill. Army officials have quietly ordered an investigation into allegations that leaders of an Illinois-based reserve unit mishandled sexual assault complaints and retaliated against a whistleblower, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. Braley Franck has alleged that commanders launched internal investigations into at least two sexual assault cases, one in 2018 and another last year. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Army probes handling of Illinois sex assault complaints

Jan. 24, 2020 1:08 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Army officials have quietly ordered an investigation into allegations that leaders of an Illinois-based reserve unit mishandled sexual assault complaints and retaliated against a whistleblower, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. Illinois Sens. Dick Durbin and...

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 8:41 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 8:24 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Prosecutors announced Thursday that a sophisticated DNA match has led to the cold case arrest of a Florida man believed to be the “pillowcase rapist" who terrorized greater Miami with a series of assaults on women in the 1980s. Robert Koehler, 60, was arrested over the weekend and was...

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...