Prosecutors in the Harvey Weinstein rape and sexual assault trial on Friday called on veteran forensic psychiatrist Dr. Barbara Ziv, who previously testified at Bill Cosby's criminal trial last year. As she did at the Cosby trial, Ziv outlined a series of what she described as "rape myths," widely held societal beliefs that are contradicted by statistical evidence and emerging research. Under cross-examination, Ziv acknowledged that false reports could share many of the same characteristics of accurate reports, including delayed reporting and new details emerging years later.
State lawmakers across the U.S. have reached a troubling milestone for allegations of sexual misconduct, even as they have taken significant steps to try to prevent and investigate such behavior. Recent complaints filed against Michigan state Sen. Peter Lucido mean at least 101 state legislators now have been publicly accused of sexual harassment or misconduct since the start of 2017, according to an Associated Press review. "Training doesn't guarantee that harassment will stop," said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Wendell Alfredo "Kimo" Nibbs, the former Brownsville Middle teacher who was accused of four criminal sexual assault cases and allegations of sexual misconduct made by nine female students in his 15-year career, pleaded guilty Thursday.
Annabella Sciorra said in court testimony Thursday that Harvey Weinstein raped her more than two decades ago. Called as a witness for Weinstein's rape trial in New York, the actor -- at times visibly upset -- recalled the incident shortly after she appeared in Miramax's "The Night We Never Met," released in 1993. After a […]
Opening arguments were presented at the New York trial of Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced former Hollywood mega-producer charged with rape and sexual assault. In a 90-minute opening argument that was graphic and emotional, Manhattan prosecutor Meghan Hast recounted the stories of the six women who will testify. Hast's opening previewed the extraordinary challenges prosecutors are facing in seeking to prosecute Weinstein for crimes that took place years ago and include no physical or forensic evidence -- with accusers whose behavior some may question.