Tag Archives: #MeToo

Judge: Trump Can Be Deposed In Zervos Suit

(New York City, NY) – A New York judge says President Trump can be deposed in a lawsuit brought by a former contestant on his reality TV show, “The Apprentice.” Summer Zervos claims Trump groped and kissed her after she appeared on the show.

Trump has denied the accusations and has suggested that the Zervos’ claim is a hoax. She filed a defamation suit against Trump last year because his denials.

On Tuesday, New York Judge Jennifer Schecter ordered both sides in the case to submit to depositions. Trump’s legal team has appealed the case, claiming it’s politically motivated

Ashley Judd Sues Harvey Weinstein

(SW) – Actress Ashley Judd is filing suit against Harvey Weinstein for allegedly sexually harassing her and damaging her career. She claims the disgraced film producer got back at her for refusing his sexual advances in the 90’s by telling the casting directors for the “Lord of the Rings” movies she was horrible to work with.

Judd says the alleged comment convinced the directors not to put her in the films, and also restricted her ability to find other work.

Her suit also includes claims from Uma Therman, Salma Hayek and other actresses who say Weinstein threatened to harm their careers if they turned down sexual advances.

The 66-year-old is facing multiple other suits from actresses accusing him of sexual harassment and assault. He is also currently under investigation in New York, Los Angeles and London.

Brokaw Rails Against Accuser

(SL) – Tom Brokaw is firing back against sexual harassment allegations made by former NBC news colleague Linda Vester. In a letter published yesterday, Brokaw described Vester as a “character assassin” with a “grudge against NBC News.”

Vester accused Brokaw, the former anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News,” of harassing her in the early 1990s. In the letter, first published by “The Hollywood Reporter,” Brokaw compares Vester’s statements to the press to “a drive-by shooting.” Brokaw describes her as a disgruntled employee who was angry over her failed pursuit of stardom. Vester left NBC in 1999 for a job with Fox News. She left the business in the mid-2000s.

Telling It Like It Is: Ashleigh Banfield Calls Out Ansari Accuser For Throwing ‘Bad Date’ Into The #MeToo Movement

(SL) – Finally, someone with the courage to really acknowledge an accusation for what it is. Ladies, be clear. If you willingly participate in sexual activity with someone, it is irresponsible of you to turn around and play victim at the expense of his or her livelihood. It’s not right. Feeling guilty about or not enjoying what you chose to do sexually with someone does not constitute rape or assault.

Watch HLN’s Ashleigh Banfield tell Aziz Ansari’s 23-year old accuser what most of us were thinking:

I’ve seen blogs claiming that Ansari and other men to need to pay closer attention and realize that it’s not okay. What’s not okay? It’s not okay for a man to let a woman willing to perform oral sex on him do it? Let’s stop making the narrative one-sided. Ansari isn’t a mind reader. If your lips are saying yes, but your mind is thinking something else…how is he supposed to know that? He’s not a genie in a bottle or a psychic. Let’s be responsible for our own actions. If you are not being forced, take responsibility for what YOU chose to do in that moment.

 

 

Simon Biles Breaks Silence Hits #MeToo

(SL) – Simone Biles is the latest gymnast to come out and say she was sexually abused by imprisoned former U.S. gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.
Biles, who won four gold medals and five medals overall at the 2016 Olympics, said on Twitter that she is one of”many survivors” to be abused by Nassar, who also worked at Michigan State. Biles joins fellow gymnasts Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney to come out against Nassar.
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The revelation came in a long statement on her social media accounts — one day before a week long sentencing hearing where Nassar will hear from nearly 100 victims
“Most of you know me as a happy, giggly and energetic girl. But lately…I’ve felt a bit broken and the more I try to shut off the voice in my head the louder it screams,” Biles wrote in a #metoo post. “I am not afraid to tell my story anymore. I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar,” she continued. “For too long I have asked myself, ‘Was I too naive? Was it my fault?’ I now know the answers to those questions. No. No, it was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG [USA Gymnastics], and others.”
USA Gymnastics and Michigan University are accused of giving Nassar unfettered access to vulnerable girls and women, ignoring signs or complaints of sexual misconduct, and trying to silence victims.
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Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty in Ingham County, Michigan, to sexually assaulting seven girls, but the judge is allowing all of his accusers to speak. More than half of those who have filed complaints are expected to give a statement. Nassar is facing a sentencing hearing today.
He’s already serving 60 years for child pornography and assault.