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FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2020 file photo, Sil Lai Abrams, back row from left, director Amy Ziering, director Kirby Dick, Drew Dixon, seated left, and Sheri Hines pose for a portrait to promote the film

#MeToo, phase 2: Doc explores heavy burden on women of color

May. 27, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

There’s an elegant, almost poetic silence to one of the most compelling scenes of “On the Record,” a powerful new documentary about sexual violence that knows just when to dial down to a hushed quiet. In the early morning darkness of Dec. 13, 2017, former music executive Drew Dixon walks to a...

This image released by HBO Max shows Drew Dixon, a collaborator on hit records by Method Man and Mary J. Blige, Estelle and Kanye West, and Whitney Houston, in a scene from the documentary

Review: A powerful #MeToo chapter in ‘On the Record’ doc

May. 27, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

The documentary “ On the Record ” spends quite a bit of time introducing former music executive Drew Dixon before Russell Simmons and rape are mentioned. She talks about her youth, her politician mother, living down the street from Biggie, her love of hip-hop, her dream of working in music and what...

Judge whose anti-rape advice was 'close your legs' loses job

May. 26, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A judge who suggested that a woman seeking a restraining order could “close your legs” to prevent a sexual assault was removed from the bench Tuesday by the New Jersey Supreme Court and permanently barred from presiding over a courtroom. The unanimous decision cited...

Greek resort island serial rapist held on new rape charge

May. 25, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A convicted serial rapist released early from a half-century prison term was under police guard in hospital on the Greek resort island of Corfu Monday after suffering severe injuries trying to evade arrest on new rape charges. Police said Dimitris Aspiotis, 47, would undergo surgery...

Police: Actor wounded woman, fatally shot himself

May. 22, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky actor who appeared on the FX series “Baskets,” and had been recently released on a rape charge shot and wounded a woman before killing himself, officers said. Investigators said Hagen Mills, 29, attempted to kill the woman then turned the gun on himself Tuesday...

FILE - In this August 23, 2011 file photo, attorney Douglas Wigdor reacts during a press conference in Paris. Wigdor, the attorney working with Tara Reade, the former Joe Biden Senate staffer who alleged he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s, said Friday in a statement, he is no longer representing her, just two weeks after he first began working with her.  (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

Lawyer for Biden accuser Tara Reade drops her as a client

May. 22, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney working with Tara Reade, the former Joe Biden Senate staffer who alleged he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s, said Friday he is no longer representing her, just two weeks after he first began working with her. Douglas Wigdor said in a statement the decision to drop Reade...

This photo provided by Tara Reade, shows Tara Reade out with friends in Washington, in 1992 or 1993, during the time she worked for then- Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del. (Tara Reade via AP)

Biden accuser's life marred by abuse and financial hardship

May. 22, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — One thing is clear in the complicated, sometimes contradictory and often chaotic story of Tara Reade: Her life has not been easy. Her earliest childhood memory was of being abused by her father, she told her former husband, a man she would later leave after saying he abused...

NFL player sues United over incident with another passenger

May. 21, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An NFL player is suing United Airlines, saying he was harassed and sexually assaulted by an intoxicated female passenger on a red-eye flight in February. The player said in a lawsuit that soon after boarding the cross-country flight, a woman sitting in the same row confronted him over a...

This undated photo provided by the Escambia County Jail shows inmate Mark Lua, a former Florida high school teacher was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, for sexually abusing students after the judge ignored his request to be castrated instead.The 32-year-old former English teacher pleaded guilty last year to sexual assault charges involving current and former students.  (Escambia County Jail via AP)

Florida teacher sought castration not prison, gets 12 years

May. 21, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida high school teacher was sentenced to 12 years in prison for sexually abusing students after the judge ignored his request to be castrated instead. Mark Lua, 32, told Circuit Judge Thomas Dannheisser on Wednesday that he wanted to raise his daughter and would...

In this Aug. 31, 2019 photo, Layla Taloo reacts as she visits a room in the house where she was held along with her husband and children after Islamic State militants captured the family in 2014, in Tal Afar, Iraq. It was the last place she saw her husband. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Investigators build a case for IS crimes against Yazidis

May. 21, 2020 5:37 AM EDT

QASR AL-MIHRAB, Iraq (AP) — He was burly, with piercing blue eyes, and it was clear he was in charge when he entered the Galaxy, a wedding hall-turned-slave pen in the Iraqi city of Mosul. Dozens of Yazidi women and girls huddled on the floor, newly abducted by Islamic State group militants. He walked...