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Ex-Prison Warden Faces Trial Over Inmate Abuse Allegations
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Ex-Prison Warden Faces Trial Over Inmate Abuse Allegations

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated PressThe former warden of an abuse-plagued federal women’s prison known as the “rape club” goes on trial Monday, accused of molesting inmates and forcing them to pose naked in their cells.Ray J. Garcia, who retired after the FBI found nude photos of inmates on his government-issued phone last year, is among five workers charged with abusing inmates at the federal correctional institution in Dublin, California, and the first to go to trial.Opening statements and the first witnesses are expected Monday in federal court in Oakland. Garcia, 55, has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he would face up to 15 years in prison.An Associated Press investigation in February revealed a culture of abuse and cover-up that had persisted for years at th...
Writer E. Jean Carroll files upgraded lawsuit alleging Trump “forcibly raped and groped her” in the 1990s
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Writer E. Jean Carroll files upgraded lawsuit alleging Trump “forcibly raped and groped her” in the 1990s

File combination photo of former President Donald Trump and columnist E. Jean Carroll. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty; AP/Craig Ruttle New York — A writer who accused former President Donald Trump of rape filed an upgraded lawsuit against him Thursday in New York, minutes after a new state law took effect allowing victims of sexual violence to sue over attacks that occurred decades ago. E. Jean Carroll's lawyer filed the legal papers electronically as the Adult Survivor's Act temporarily lifted the state's usual deadlines for suing over sexual assault. She sought unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for pain and suffering, psychological harms, dignity loss and reputation da...
Jury says it is deadlocked in Danny Masterson rape trial
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Jury says it is deadlocked in Danny Masterson rape trial

Jurors at the rape trial of "That '70s Show" star Danny Masterson said Friday that they are deadlocked, but a judge told them they have not deliberated long enough for her to declare a mistrial.The jury told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlaine Olmedo that after nearly three days of deliberations, they could not reach a unanimous verdict on any of the three rape counts against the actor.Olmedo had already agreed to allow jurors Thanksgiving week off. She stopped their discussions Friday and told them to return and resume deliberations on Nov. 28. Masterson, 46, is charged with the rape of three women, including a former girlfriend, in his Hollywood Hills home between 2001 and 2003.He has pleaded not guilty, and the defense said the acts...
Youth facing charges after sexual assault, extortion reported near Halifax – Halifax
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Youth facing charges after sexual assault, extortion reported near Halifax – Halifax

Nova Scotia RCMP say a youth is facing charges for sexual offences that were reported in the community of Shad Bay, about 16 kilometres from Halifax. In a Friday morning release, police say they began an investigation after receiving a complaint of a sexual assault involving youths on Oct. 27.“Officers learned that sexual assaults, distribution of intimate images and extortion began in 2019,” the release said.Cpl. Guillaume Tremblay said in an interview the sexual assaults happened inside of a home in Shad Bay and the victim was known to the offender.Details on age and gender of the individuals are not being made public to protect the privacy of those involved, he said. Trending Now Hundreds of Twitter employees set ...
“That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson on trial on 3 rape charges
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“That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson on trial on 3 rape charges

Danny Masterson, former star of the long-running sitcom "That '70s Show," is about to face three women in court who say he raped them two decades ago at a trial whose key figures are all current or former members of the Church of Scientology.Opening statements could begin as early as Tuesday in the Los Angeles trial of the 46-year-old Masterson, and while a judge has expressed her determination not to have the church become the center of the proceedings, it will inevitably loom large.Masterson is charged with raping the women between 2001 and 2003 in his home, which functioned as a social hub when he was at the height of his fame. Masterson has pleaded not guilty to the charges. One of the women had been Masterson's longtime girlfriend. Anothe...
Mel Gibson can testify in Harvey Weinstein’s Los Angeles sexual assault trial, judge rules
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Mel Gibson can testify in Harvey Weinstein’s Los Angeles sexual assault trial, judge rules

Mel Gibson can testify about what he learned from one of Harvey Weinstein's accusers, a Los Angeles judge ruled Friday in the rape and sexual assault trial of the former movie mogul. Weinstein is charged with sexually assaulting five women. The 66-year-old Gibson was one of many witnesses, and by far the best known, whose identities were revealed in L.A. County Superior Court. The judge and attorneys had taken a break from jury selection for motions on what evidence will be allowed at the trial, and who can testify. The witness list for the trial is sealed.The alleged sexual assaults span from 2004 to 2013, and most occurred in hotel rooms in L.A. and Beverly Hills, prosecutors said.   Judge Lisa B. Lench ruled that Gibson can testify in suppo...
Trump Angrily Lashes Out After His Deposition Is Ordered
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Trump Angrily Lashes Out After His Deposition Is Ordered

By LARRY NEUMEISTER and JILL COLVIN, Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump angrily lashed out Wednesday, calling the nation's legal system a “broken disgrace" after a judge ruled he must answer questions under oath next week in a defamation lawsuit lodged by a writer who says he raped her in the mid-1990s.He also called the 2019 lawsuit by E. Jean Carroll, a longtime advice columnist for Elle magazine, “a hoax and a lie."The outburst late in the day came hours after U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in Manhattan rejected a request by his lawyers to delay a deposition scheduled for Oct. 19.Kaplan is presiding over the case in which Carroll said Trump raped her in the dressing room of a Manhattan Bergdorf Goodman store in the mid-1990s. He called the lawsuit “a c...
Harvey Weinstein’s Los Angeles sexual assault trial set to begin
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Harvey Weinstein’s Los Angeles sexual assault trial set to begin

Five years after women's stories about him made the #MeToo movement explode, Harvey Weinstein is going on trial in Los Angeles, the city where he once was a colossus at the Oscars. Already serving a 23-year sentence for a conviction for rape and sexual assault in New York, the 70-year-old former movie mogul faces different allegations, including several that prosecutors say occurred during a pivotal Oscar week in L.A. Jury selection for an eight-week trial begins Monday. Weinstein has been indicted on four counts of rape and seven other sexual assault counts involving five women, who will appear in court as Jane Does to tell their stories. He has pleaded not guilty. The alleged sexual assaults span from 2004 to 2013, and most occurred in hotel rooms in L.A. and Beverly Hills, pr...
Serial ‘Jogger Rapist’ to Be Released From Oregon Prison
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Serial ‘Jogger Rapist’ to Be Released From Oregon Prison

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon serial rapist is set to be released from prison in mid-December after serving nearly 36 years behind bars, almost all of his maximum sentence.Richard Gillmore, arrested in 1986 and called the “jogger rapist” because he staked out victims as he ran by their homes, admitted to raping nine girls in the Portland area in the 1970s and 80s but was only convicted in one case because of the statute of limitations. In 1987, a jury found him guilty of raping 13-year-old Tiffany Edens, his last known victim, in December 1986.The Associated Press generally does not name people who have been sexually assaulted unless they come forward publicly. Edens has spoken out about the assault and recently wrote on social media that she received a voicemail in August from the st...
“Scrubs” producer Eric Weinberg charged in L.A. with sexually assaulting 5 women
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“Scrubs” producer Eric Weinberg charged in L.A. with sexually assaulting 5 women

Eric Weinberg, an executive producer and writer for the hit TV show "Scrubs" and many others, has been charged with sexually assaulting five women that he lured to photo shoots, and there could be many more victims, Los Angeles County prosecutors announced Wednesday. Weinberg, 62, was arrested Tuesday, nearly a week after he was charged with 18 felony counts including rape, oral copulation, forcible sexual penetration, sexual battery by restraint, false imprisonment by use of violence, assault by means of force likely to cause great bodily injury and attempted forcible penetration with a foreign object, according to the district attorney's office. Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon, at podium stands by a photo on display of TV producer Eric Weinberg duri...