Tag: Sex Crimes

Long-Silenced Victim of a Pedophile Writer Gets to Tell Her Story

PARIS — In her telling, Francesca Gee was out with a girlfriend, a late autumn day in Paris in 1983, when they spotted a new bookstore. As they lingered before the storefront, her friend suddenly pointed to the bottom of the window. “Look, it’s you!” Ms. Gee’s face was staring back at her from the […]

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Opera Star, Charged With Sexual Assault, Is Fired by University of Michigan

The University of Michigan on Thursday fired David Daniels, a professor of voice and one of the world’s leading countertenors, one year after he and his husband were charged with sexually assaulting another singer. It was the first time in more than 60 years that the university’s Board of Regents had voted to dismiss a […]

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Education Dept. Hits Penn State Again for Sexual Misconduct Procedures

WASHINGTON — The Education Department announced Thursday that it had ordered Pennsylvania State University to make significant changes to the way it investigates complaints of sexual misconduct after a recent investigation found the school continued to mishandle cases years after the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The agreement requires the university to review and […]

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Alex Salmond, Scotland’s Ex-First Minister, Cleared of Sexual Assault

Alex Salmond, the former first minister of Scotland, was acquitted on Monday of charges including attempted rape and sexual assault, British news outlets reported. A jury at the High Court in Edinburgh found Mr. Salmond, the former leader of the Scottish National Party, not guilty of 12 charges that involved nine women, including one count […]

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Linda Fairstein Sues Netflix for Defamation in ‘When They See Us’

The former Manhattan prosecutor Linda Fairstein sued Netflix and the director Ava DuVernay on Wednesday, arguing that she was falsely portrayed as a “racist, unethical villain” pushing for the convictions of five black and Latino teenagers in “When They See Us,” a series about the Central Park Five case. The lawsuit, filed in federal court […]

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Jeffrey Epstein’s Ex, Ghislaine Maxwell, Sues His Estate for Legal Fees

The whereabouts of Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend and longtime business associate of Jeffrey Epstein, has been largely a mystery since the registered sex offender was arrested last summer on sex trafficking charges. But Ms. Maxwell has surfaced with a lawsuit against Mr. Epstein’s estate, saying the financier, who died last year, had promised to […]

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Ex-Priest in France Is Convicted of Abusing Dozens of Scouts

PARIS — A former Roman Catholic priest in France was convicted and sentenced on Monday to five years in prison for sexually assaulting dozens of Boy Scouts several decades ago, in a case that embroiled a top cardinal in the country’s growing reckoning with clerical sexual abuse. The former priest, Bernard Preynat, 75, was found […]

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R. Kelly Knowingly Exposed Sex Partners to Herpes, Prosecutors Say

For months, the singer R. Kelly has faced federal charges that he sexually exploited underage girls and young women, but on Friday prosecutors added a lurid wrinkle: They accused him of knowingly exposing two people to a venereal disease. An updated indictment said Mr. Kelly knew he had herpes and yet had unprotected sex with […]

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Weinstein Has Heart Attack After Judge Gives Him 23 Years

Harvey Weinstein, the once powerful film producer, had a mild heart attack on Wednesday, hours after a New York judge sentenced him to 23 years in state prison for sexual attacks on two women, his spokesman said. Before his sentencing, Mr. Weinstein had been housed at an infirmary on the Rikers Island jail complex because […]

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Harvey Weinstein Faces 5 to 29 Years in Prison at Sentencing

Harvey Weinstein, the once influential Hollywood producer, was expected to be sentenced to state prison in New York on Wednesday morning after his conviction on felony sex crimes, capping a two-year plummet from grace over his sexual abuse of women. For many, the sentencing was expected to mark a major milestone in the #MeToo movement, […]

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Weinstein Appealed to Bezos and Bloomberg for Help, Documents Show

In the days following news reports about how he used his power to sexually assault women, Harvey Weinstein made a desperate plea for help in emails to two dozen influential people, including the billionaires Michael Bloomberg and Jeff Bezos. That detail was revealed on Monday in a trove of previously sealed court documents that offered […]

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Prince Andrew Is Stonewalling in Epstein Case: Prosecutor

The top federal prosecutor in Manhattan said on Monday that Britain’s Prince Andrew has “shut the door” on helping an investigation into allegations of sex trafficking by the financier Jeffrey Epstein and his associates. It was the second time in less than two months that the prosecutor, Geoffrey S. Berman, has taken the unusual step […]

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Supporter of Gabriel Matzneff Says He Was Unaware of Pedophilia

PARIS — A powerful deputy mayor of Paris, who has been criticized for his links to the pedophile writer Gabriel Matzneff, said on Friday that he had learned only recently of the author’s abuse of prepubescent boys and teenage girls. Despite a long association with the writer, the deputy mayor, Christophe Girard, in an interview […]

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As Weinstein Awaits Prison, Prosecutors Detail 40 Years of Accusations

Manhattan prosecutors on Friday urged the judge who will sentence the once-powerful film producer Harvey Weinstein to consider what they said was a four-decade history of sexual assaults against women for which he had never been charged. A jury convicted Mr. Weinstein last week of rape and criminal sexual assault after a trial that was […]

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What You Do to Your Women, You Do to Your Nation

In 1995, the U.N. World Conference for Women in Beijing championed the idea that the fate of nations was tied to the status of their female citizens. In 2000, U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 asserted that peace is inextricably linked with gender equality. This year, as we approach the conference’s 25th anniversary and the resolution’s […]

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Lies, Spies and Double Agents: On the Trail of Peter Nygard in the Bahamas

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. At times, it seemed as if we were characters in a thriller. Our reporting began in early 2019 with a tip about a rich Canadian playboy accused of sexually abusing poor teenage girls in the […]

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Loaded Gun Found Smuggled Into Jail Where Jeffrey Epstein Killed Himself

Federal investigators on Thursday found a loaded gun that had been smuggled into the Manhattan jail where the financier Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself last summer while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges, officials said. The discovery of the gun at the jail, the Metropolitan Correctional Center, came amid a weeklong lockdown that began with a tip […]

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U.S. to Hold Tech Firms Accountable for Spread of Child Sex Abuse Imagery

Legislation announced on Thursday aimed at curbing the spread of online child sexual abuse imagery would take the extraordinary step of removing legal protections for tech companies that fail to police the illegal content. A separate, international initiative that was also announced takes a softer approach, getting the industry to voluntarily embrace standards for combating […]

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Weinstein Undergoes Heart Procedure Before Transfer to Jail

Harvey Weinstein underwent a heart procedure and was expected to be moved on Thursday from a hospital to New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail complex, his spokesman said. Mr. Weinstein, the once powerful film producer, was convicted last week of rape and criminal sexual assault after a trial in Manhattan that many saw as […]

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Harvey Weinstein Adds ‘Prison Consultant’ to His Entourage

During his monthlong trial, the film producer Harvey Weinstein was surrounded by an expansive, and expensive, entourage of advisers and assistants. He had four lawyers, a jury selection expert, a crisis manager and a spokesman. There was even an employee who made sure his court-ordered ankle monitor was functioning correctly. But about three weeks ago, […]

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As Gymnasts Seek Answers, They Are Offered Only Money

With less than five months left before the Tokyo Olympics, the governing body for gymnastics in the United States has proposed a multimillion-dollar legal settlement to close a dark and painful chapter in which hundreds of gymnasts were sexually assaulted by a former team doctor. Simone Biles, the most decorated gymnast in the sport, is […]

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