Update: Sponsor backs off fast-track impeachment

U.S. 02/11/19, 07:03

The Latest on scandals involving Virginia's Democratic leaders (all times local):7 a.m.A Virginia lawmaker is now suggesting he won't move forward Monday with plans to introduce an impeachment bill seeking the ouster of Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.Democratic Del. Patrick Hope had said he wanted to introduce articles of impeachment Monday ...

Possible impeachment could further upend Virginia politics

Politics 02/11/19, 01:23

Virginia lawmakers on Monday will reluctantly face the unprecedented prospect of impeaching the state's second most powerful leader as they struggle to address revelations of past racist behavior and allegations of sexual assault roiling its highest levels of office. At least one lawmaker said he will try to pursue impeachment of ...

Q&A: Sexual assault allegations in New Jersey government

U.S. 02/10/19, 08:52

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy looked to put scrutiny over his administration's handling of a sexual assault allegation against a state government staffer behind him last week.But lawmakers are having none of it as they continue their probe into state employee Katie Brennan's accusations of sexual assault against a member ...

Virginia lieutenant governor resists calls to step down

U.S. 02/10/19, 07:57

Virginia's embattled lieutenant governor has urged authorities to investigate sexual assault allegations made against him, but hasn't heeded calls to resign and it is unclear what comes next for the once-rising star of the state Democratic Party. Two women have made allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. But on Saturday, Fairfax ...

Update: Gov. Northam attends state trooper funeral

U.S. 02/09/19, 11:11

The Latest on fallout from scandals roiling Virginia's top officials (all times local):11:05 a.m.Virginia's governor has made his first official public appearance since he denied appearing in a racist yearbook photo and admitted to wearing blackface.Gov. Ralph Northam was in attendance at Saturday's funeral for a state trooper killed in ...

2nd woman accuses Virginia official of sexual assault

Politics 02/08/19, 20:20

A second woman accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault Friday, saying the Democrat raped her 19 years ago while they were both students at Duke University. A lawyer for Meredith Watson, 39, said in a statement that Fairfax had attacked Watson in 2000. The statement described the assault ...

Update: Virginia officials call for Fairfax resignation

U.S. 02/08/19, 18:57

The Latest on the fallout after two top Virginia Democrats admitted wearing blackface and another was accused of sexual assault (all times local): 6:55 p.m. U.S. Rep. Don McEachin, one of two black members of Virginia's congressional caucus, is calling for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to resign. McEachin said Friday that Fairfax should ...

Sierra Leone president declares rape a national emergency

Africa 02/08/19, 09:48

Sierra Leone's president has declared a national emergency over rape and sexual violence, saying perpetrators are getting younger and their acts more violent.In a keynote address on Thursday, President Julius Maada Bio said hundreds of cases of rape and sexual assault are reported each month in the West African nation ...

Facility where incapacitated woman gave birth to shut down

U.S. 02/07/19, 19:36

A long-term care facility in Arizona where an incapacitated woman was raped and later gave birth is shutting down.Officials with Hacienda HealthCare announced Thursday that its board of directors determined it's not sustainable to keep operating its intermediate care facility in Phoenix.The facility serves infants, children and young adults with ...

More women come forward after Arias sexual assault complaint

America 02/07/19, 00:04

Two more women have accused former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, a Nobel peace laureate, of sexual misconduct after a criminal complaint alleging sexual assault against another woman was filed against him this week in the Central American nation.Eleonora Antillon, a well-known Costa Rican journalist and TV presenter, told The ...

Costa Rica ex-leader Oscar Arias accused of sexual assault

America 02/05/19, 14:13

Costa Rican former President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Oscar Arias was enveloped in scandal Tuesday after a sexual assault complaint was brought against him by a nuclear disarmament activist.Arias denied the allegation, saying he has never acted against the will of any woman and has fought for gender equality ...

Remarks by Trump judicial pick on date rape, race draw fire

Politics 02/05/19, 01:42

Liberal activists are targeting President Donald Trump's nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on a high-profile appeals court, citing what they call her extreme views on race, sexual assault and LGBT rights. Trump nominated Neomi Rao for a seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ...

Conductor accused of sexual assault lauded on Paris stage

Entertainment 02/03/19, 19:41

A renowned Swiss conductor returned to a major world stage Sunday for the first time since 10 women accused him of sexual assault, harassment, and in one case rape — and he earned repeated ovations from the awed Paris audience.Charles Dutoit, 82, denies wrongdoing, and has faced no charge. The ...

Former South Korean governor convicted of sexual abuse

Asia & Pacific 02/01/19, 04:10

A South Korean appeals court sentenced a former provincial governor to 3½ years in prison on Friday on charges of sexually abusing his secretary, in the highest profile conviction yet from investigations triggered by the country's growing #MeToo movement. A Seoul High Court official said Ahn Hee-jung was found guilty on ...

‘They ignored me’: Suit assails NYPD’s sex-crimes inquiries

New York 01/31/19, 18:02

One woman said police shrugged off her report of being raped by someone she'd been involved with, logging it as a "dispute" instead of a sex crime. Another woman said her account of being kidnapped and gang-raped was grossly mishandled by a sex-crimes detective for months before she was told ...

Report blasts Michigan State’s handling of sex cases

U.S. 01/30/19, 19:14

A U.S. Education report is blasting Michigan State University's handling of sexual assaults related to the investigation of now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar and other campus crime. The Lansing State Journal reports Wednesday that Education officials have been looking into the East Lansing school's compliance with the Clery Act which requires ...

Opera singer Daniels, husband arrested on sex assault charge

U.S. 01/30/19, 16:46

A renowned opera singer and University of Michigan professor is in police custody on allegations that he and his husband in 2010 sexually assaulted a singer in Houston. Countertenor David Daniels and his spouse William A. Scott Walters were arrested Tuesday in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Texas warrants charging each of ...

Former landscaper pleads guilty to 8 murders in Canada

World 01/29/19, 15:18

A former landscaper accused of sexually assaulting, killing and dismembering men he met in Toronto's Gay Village district over seven years pleaded guilty on Tuesday to eight counts of first-degree murder.Bruce McArthur, wearing a black sweater, stood up and said "guilty" as each charge was read. Sentencing and victim impact ...

Weinstein in court to replace legal team

New York 01/25/19, 09:30

Harvey Weinstein has arrived at a New York City courthouse for a judge to sign off formally on changes to his legal team in his rape and sexual assault case.Weinstein didn't comment as he entered the building Friday.The fallen film mogul is replacing defense attorney Benjamin Brafman with four new ...

Chris Brown accuser alleges multiple rapes, lawyer says

Entertainment 01/24/19, 11:14

The lawyer for a woman who filed a rape complaint in Paris against American singer Chris Brown and two other men says she was raped four times during a drug-fueled party.Police questioned Brown and the others before releasing them from custody without charges Tuesday. The Paris prosecutor's office says the ...

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